Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Italo-Irish Literary Exchange.

Am very excited and honoured to be a part of this project. Its having it second outing this May in Nogarole Rocca and Verona.  Below are the Irish team and the website address to keep up to date on all the developments!

Irish members

Catherine Dunne is the prize-winning author of eight novels, the most recent of which is ‘Missing Julia’. She has also published one work of non-fiction, a social history of Irish immigrants in London, called ‘An Unconsidered People’. Her work has been optioned for film and TV and has been translated into several languages.
Catherine was awarded the International Prize at the Vigevano Literary Festival in Italy in 2006, and has been shortlisted for, among others, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize and the Italian Booksellers’ Award.
She is currently working on her ninth novel, entitled ‘the things we know now’.
One of Ireland’s foremost literary editors, Anthony Glavin is author of a critically acclaimed novel, Nighthawk Alley, and two short story collections, One for Sorrow and The Draughtsman and The Unicorn. His stories have also appeared in Best Irish Short Stories, Short Story International, The Journal of Irish Literature, Best New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2007) & New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2011). Editor of ‘New Irish Writing’ in the Irish Press from 1987-88, he has served as an associate editor for New Island Books since 1994, for whom he commissioned & edited, Nuala O’Faolain’s New York Times No. 1 best-seller Are You Somebody?—The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman. A critic and journalist, he reviews for the Irish Times, and has contributed to RTÉ Radio’s landmark Sunday Miscellany programme for over twenty years.

Lia Mills is a novelist who also writes short stories and literary non-fiction. Her novels are Another Alice and Nothing Simple. A memoir of her experience of Mouth Cancer, In Your Face, came out in 2007. Her short stories and essays have appeared in publications such as the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly and in many anthologies. She has worked as a creative writing teacher and arts consultant, and on several Public Art Commissions. In a previous existence, she worked for the Women’s Education, Research & Resource Centre in UCD for several years, teaching undergraduate, adult education and postgraduate courses. She is currently completing her third novel. For more information:
Niamh MacAlister completed a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews, Scotland with the assistance of The Arts Council of Ireland, An Chomhairle Ealaíon. She was selected as a ‘New and Emerging Poet’ for the 2010 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and also for the Lonely Voice Short Story Series. She has had prose published in 3009 and poetry in The Stinging Fly, Raft, The Moth and Washington Square Review. She will complete a residency in Cill Rialaig in 2012.
June Caldwell studied Writing & Publishing at Middlesex University, London, before returning to Ireland to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. She spent 14 years writing feature articles and news stories for the UK and Irish press. In 2006 she co-wrote a non-fiction biography: In Love With A Mad Dog (Gill & MacMillan) and the following year she enrolled in an MA in Creative Writing at Queens’ University, Belfast, where she was awarded an Arts Council of Northern Ireland fiction bursary. In 2008, she was commended for a feature article in The Guardian following the death of writer Nuala O’Faolain and in 2011 she won Best Blog Post at the Irish Blog Awards. June likes to write short stories, fiction, and modern poetry and has been shortlisted for a number of creative writing competitions. She us currently working on a novel set in the 1940′s Blitz in Coventry (UK). Her day job is ‘Programme Coordinator’ at the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin.

Celia de Freine is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and librettist who writes in Irish and English. She has published five collections of poetry: Faoi Chabáistí is Ríonacha (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2001), Fiacha Fola (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2004), Scarecrows at Newtownards (Scotus Press, 2005), imram : odyssey (Arlen House, 2010) and Aibítir Aoise : Alphabet of an Age (Arlen House, 2011).
Her poetry has won many awards including the Patrick Kavanagh Award(1994) and Gradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnachta (2004). Her work on Marathon and Rian: Trace have won awards at the New York International Film Festival (2009 and 2010).
Arlen House has also published a collection of her award-winning plays Mná Dána.
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John Lynch is a successful film, television and stage actor. Torn Water is his first novel, Folling out of Heaven has been published in May 2010. He lives in France.

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