Supplementing our many new individual collections, our New Writers series aims to introduce a small number of emerging writers, offering a more extensive selection of their work than might easily be accommodated in a literary journal or magazine. In doing so, we hope both to encourage new talent and to whet the appetites of the many admirers of new writing from Ireland, at home and abroad. The writers included in this first volume are poets Marie Coveney, Clare McCotter and John Saunders.
Marie Coveney grew up in Co. Cork and studied at the Crawford College of Art. Her poem ‘Our Time’ won the American-Ireland Fund Single Poem Competition at the Listowel Literary Festival in 2008. Her work has been published in many Irish journals. She performed at the 2010 West Cork Literary Festival in ‘The Next Generation Poets’ reading, and The Kinsale Arts Festival 2011. She was awarded special merit in The Dromineer Literary Festival 2010 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2010 and for The Listowel Collection Competition 2011 and The Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2011.
Clare McCotter has worked as a psychiatric nurse, a lecturer and an English teacher. She was awarded a Ph.D from the University of Ulster in 2005, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on Beatrice Grimshaw’s travel writing and fiction. Her haiku, tanka and haibun have appeared in many journals and magazines. In 2008 she was runner-up in the Leaf Book International Poetry Competition, and winner of the IHS Dóchas Ireland Haiku Award in 2010 and 2011. She judged the British Haiku Awards 2010 and 2011. Black Horse Running: a collection of haiku, tanka and haibun (Alba Publishing, 2012) is her first collection. Home is Kilrea, Co. Derry.
John Saunders’ first collection After the Accident was published in 2010 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines. He is the Director of Shine, a national voluntary mental health organisation. He lives in Co. Offaly.
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