Irish poets at the ILF this May

Introductions | Céadlínte: A showcase of poets representing the electrifying future of Irish poetry, with special musical guests

From May 24th to May 26th, Introductions| Ceadlinte will have fifteen of the most exciting new poets in the English and Irish language performing their works, as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin. Each of the three evenings will see five poets perform, along with a very special musical guest. Read on to find out more information and to book tickets.

Tuesday 24 May, 7pm
Introductions | Céadlínte showcases Patrick Hopkins, Caitríona Lane, Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin, Karson Lafferty and Helen Fallon. With special musical guest Síomha.

Wednesday 25 May, 7pm
Introductions | Céadlínte showcases Charles Lang, Art Ó Súilleabháin, Brian Ó Tiomáin, Róisín Leggett Bohan and K. S. Moore. With special musical guest Inni-K.
Thursday 26 May, 7pm
Introductions | Céadlínte
 showcases Jess McKinney, Phil Kingston, Amy Abdullah, Meg Mulcahy and HK Ní Shioradáin. With special musical guest Gary O’Neill.

Introductions | Céadlínte, Tues 24 – Thurs 26 May, 7pm
International Literature Festival Dublin, Merrion Square Park (The Byzantium)
Tickets: €7.50 (pre-booked or at door)
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Additional Information & Biographies:

This year’s Introductions poets were selected by Anthony Anaxagorou, and include K. S. Moore, Charles Lang, Karson Lafferty, Róisín Leggett Bohan, Patrick Hopkins, Amy Abdullah, Helen Fallon, Meg Mulcahy, Phil Kingston, and Jess McKinney. The Céadlínte Éigse Éireann poets were selected by Aifric Mac Aodha, and include Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin, HK Ní Shioradáin, Caitríona Lane, Art ó Súilleabháin, and Brian Ó Tiomáin. Each night will also feature a performance from a special musical guest, Síomha (24 May); Inni-K (25 May) and Gary O’Neill (26 May).

Biographies I

Charles Lang is from Castlemilk in Glasgow. He is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

K. S. Moore’s poetry has recently appeared in Arachne Press and Broken Sleep anthologies and in the journals: Skylight 47, The Honest Ulsterman, The Dawntreader and New Welsh Review. Commended in Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s Single Poem Contest (2021), K. S. Moore also placed third in the Waterford Poetry Prize (2020). Shortlists have included the Allingham Prize and Trim Poetry Competition.

Amy Abdullah Barry writes poems and short stories. She is published globally including Southword, The Sunday Tribune, The Poet’s Republic, Paris Lit Up. Her poems have been translated into many languages including Italian, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Persian. Featured in the RTE Radio One Extra in Reverberations Series 2. Her poems have been Shortlisted, Longlisted, Highly Commended, and won local & international awards. Nominated for the Pushcart 2021 Poetry Prize. Her love of travel has enriched her work infusing it with a wide knowledge of various cultures, pastimes and beliefs. She has been awarded Literature bursaries from The Arts Council Ireland and Words Ireland. Amy has performed her work in Ireland & internationally. She is preparing her debut poetry collection.

Róisín Leggett Bohan is a writer from Cork whose work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including New Irish Writing. She was awarded first place for prose with Atlantic Currents II and has been commended/shortlisted for competitions including the Allingham, Cúirt, Gloucestershire, and Hammond House prize. Róisín was granted a Poetry Mentoring Fellowship from the Munster Literature Centre in 2021, is a recipient of an Arts Council Award, a Cork City Council Artist Bursary, and holds an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing from UCC.

Helen Fallon was born in Monaghan and now lives in Kildare, where she is Deputy Librarian at Maynooth University. She taught librarianship at the University of Sierra Leone for two years. Her interests include both academic and creative writing, gardening, reading, listening to Podcasts, especially “Poetry Unbound”,  and walking. 

Karson Lafferty is a poet from Derry, Ireland. He is currently living in Belfast, where he is working towards an MA in Poetry from Queen’s University. His work explores themes of identity and inheritance within shifting and conflicting environments. His poetry has been published in Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, Nightingale & Sparrow, Lighthouse and The Apiary. Most recently, he has had the pleasure of coaching QUB’s first ever slam poetry team, achieving the title of First Runners-Up in the 2022 UniSlam competition in Birmingham. He runs a monthly spoken word night in Belfast called Word Vomit, which aims to give a platform to emerging poets from Ireland and beyond.

Phil Kingston works in theatre, community arts and applied drama. He has worked as an actor, playwright, tv scriptwriter, facilitator and dramaturge. For one dark period he sold mobile phones. His work has appeared on the Dublin Fringe (‘Dr Dillon and Ms Georgia’ and ‘The Common Good’) and at Project Arts Centre (‘100 Minutes’ – Painted Filly Theatre Company). For TV he has written for ‘The Bill’ and ‘Fair City’. His poetry has appeared in ‘Dogs Singing’ (Salmon Press) and online (The Poets Register and The Song House – Colmcille Edition). 

Meg Mulcahy is a Munster poet and writer based in Dublin. Meg’s poetry has appeared in An Capall Dorcha, Janus Literary and the ‘Pendemic’ project for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD, as well as several publications in the U.S. Her work includes prize-winning flash fiction and was longlisted for the Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize 2020. Author of The Neon Number zine, she reads fiction for Okay Donkey and is working towards her debut poetry collection.

Jess Mc Kinney is a poet from Inishowen, Donegal. In 2020, she completed her MA in Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, where she was awarded the Irish Chair of Poetry Student Award. In 2021, she took part in  the Dedalus Press Mentorship Programme, and Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Summer School. Her writing has appeared in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Banshee, SAND, Channel, Abridged, The Poetry Jukebox and the New Island anthology The New Frontier: Writing from the Irish Border, with upcoming work in The Cormorant and The Belfield Literary Review. Her debut pamphlet ‘Weeding’ was published with Hazel Press in September 2021, shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2021, and nominated for the Saboteur Awards 2022.  

Patrick Hopkins is a full-time musician, music educator and poet. Originally from Dublin, he is currently living in Kildare. He has studied English and Philosophy at NUI Maynooth and the Creative Writing M.Phil. at TCD. Patrick’s work is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and the natural world.


Art Ó Súilleabháin was born in Corr na Móna, Co. Galway and spent some years in Boston USA. He worked in Dublin and Mayo as a teacher, in Castlebar as Director of The Mayo Education Centre and lectured at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC (as a Fulbright scholar) before returning to Ireland and Corr na Móna, in the north Connemara Gaeltacht, i nDúiche Sheoigheach. He won North West Words Poetry  Gaeilge in 2017 and he has been featured in Poetry Ireland, Boyne Berries, Skylight 47, The Honest Ulsterman,  Salt on the Coals (Winchester),  Writing Home from Daedalus Press, Hold Open the Door from The Ireland Chair of Poetry, InTouch, Vox Galvia, Beneath Western Skies, Trees from Cinnamon Press (UK), The Mayo Anthology, Reality Magazine, and The Haibun Journal (haiku). He won Duais Phádraig Ó Conchubhair in the Bally Bard Festival in 2022 for a poem as Gaeilge. Art is working towards a collection as Gaeilge for adults.

Beathaisnéis – Tá Pádraig Ó Cuinneagáin ag cur faoi i mBré, Co. Chill Mhantáin. Is spéis leis scríobh ar théamaí a bhaineann le cúrsaí aiteacha agus meabhairshláinte ach go háirithe. Go dtí seo tá a shaothair le feiceáil i bPoblachd Nam Bárd agus ar an tsraith raidió Teachtaireachtaí ar Raidió na Life. D’éirigh leis an liosta fada a bhaint amach i gComórtas Físín 2021. Is aoibhinn leis tae, tránna agus tréaniolraí.

Is file aiteach iad HK Ní Shioradáin as Baile Átha Cliath. Tá BA acu sa Bhéarla agus sa Scannánaíocht ó Choláiste na Tríonóide. Foilsíodh a gcuid filíochta san Outpost agus Aneas go dtí seo.  

Rugadh agus tógadh Caitríona Lane i mBaile Átha Cliath, áit ar mhúin sí Gaeilge, stair agus dráma sular gceapadh ina priomhoide í. Dioplóma Iar- chéime san aistriúchán bainte amach aici. Rinne sí cúrsa san iriseoireacht físe  agus chaith sí seal le East Coast Radio agus le Raidió na Life mar láithreoir agus léiritheoir. Bhog Caitríona siar go Conamara tar éis teacht chuici féin ón ailse, áit gur féidir leí machnaimh a dhéanamh agus spreagadh a fháil ón timpeallacht nádúrtha timpeall a tí. Tá suim aici samhiotaseolaíocht agus sa saol osnádúrtha. Tá sí ina ball de Clifden writers group le dhá bhliain anuas.

Brian Ó Tiomáin is a bilingual Writer/ Director from Dublin. He is working on a second Irish language novel and a first collection of poetry in Irish and English. He was shortlisted for the Listowel Writers Week award for a poetry collection and the Bryan McMahon Short Story Award. He has an interest in traditional and sean-nós singing.

Síomha, courtesy of Poetry Ireland

Musical Guests


Independent Irish singer and guitarist Síomha (pronounced She-vah) dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly taking audiences on an unexpected and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies. Her debut album Infinite Space – described by The Irish Times as “a seriously accomplished and self-confident debut” – is a collection of songs in both Irish and English. A kind of cosmic, folk-informed, jazz-tinged, post-pop – it was produced by Grammy-nominated Tyler Duncan and features an all-star lineup of musicians including Joe Dart (Vulfpeck), Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin/ Snarky Puppy), Martin Atkinson Borrull (Toucan) and violinist Jeremy Kittel (Bela Fleck/ Chris Thile). Síomha’s voice is full of raw heart-felt experience. When listening to her, audiences are instantly moved to feel on the deepest level and come out more intimately connected to their own worlds.


Inni-K, courtesy of Poetry Ireland

Named by RTÉ.ie as “one of ten fierce women defining Irish culture”, Dublin-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Inni-K’s music draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music, even as she ventures into new musical territories. Her original songwriting career (The Hare & the Line 2019 and The King has Two Horse’s Ears 2015), combines ethereal vocals with deft musicianship, evocative lyrics and a unique approach to songwriting. Inni-K third studio album, Iníon, is a contemporary sean-nós album. In May 2022, the album has been chosen by Songlines Magazine as one of the 10 ‘Top of the World Albums’.

Gary O’Neill

Gary O’Neill, courtesy of Poetry Ireland

Hailing from Kilkenny, Ireland – Gary O’Neill burst onto the Irish music scene in 2015 with his hard-hitting debut EP- Gracefully With Haste. The next year saw the release of his live LP Live At The Unitarian Church, accompanied by follow up album Around The Robin – a body of work that saw the progression and maturity of this promising, young Irish songwriter” 

Gary returned to form in late-2019 with his latest single, Set For Life. With recent support tours with Villagers and Brian Deady.

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