I didn't get to last month's NWW which is a pity as I always enjoy it immensely. This month the featured writers are the Galway poet Kevin O'Shea, and local writer Finbar Rafferty. Music by Rosie Carney. It should be another good night in Cafe Blend, Letterkenny.
Kevin O'Shea is from Moycullen, Galway and was short listed for Over The Edge New Writer of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. He has been published in Irish Left Review, Ropes, Pen Tales, Northern Liberties Review, The Living Link and poetry anthologies Behind the Masks, Mosaic, Over The Edge: The First Ten Years and Clifden 35. In 2012 he was the winner of the Cúirt New Writing Prize, Poetry Award.
Kevin is one of the co-founding editors of Skylight 47 poetry magazine, and he also published his debut poetry collection The Art of Non Fishing in 2012 with Doire Press
Finbar Rafferty is a regular contributor to both North West Word’s open mic and magazine. In 2010 he reached the last six in Original Writing’s ‘The Writing Spirit’ poetry competition with the poem Dunnes Changing Room. In January of 2011 he was short-listed for the Irish Writer’s Centre ‘The Lonely Voice’ competition for emerging writers with the short story Pinging Melissa and was then a winner of ‘The Lonely Voice’ in March of the same year, with The Tormentor. In 2012 he joined the ‘Writer’s Gang’ in An Grianan Theatre and is currently enjoying writing with the local drama group ‘Breaking Ground’. He has participated in The Listowel Writers’ Week and the Dun Laoghaire Mountains to Sea Book Festival.
He is currently working on his first novel ‘French for Foreigners.’
Rosie Carney is originally from Hampshire UK, now living in Donegal Ireland; she is an extremely talented singer song writer, aged just 17. Already her singing has taken her to New York and Los Angeles, Stateside, and she has forthcoming gigs in London and Dublin; she has been a regular on the Belfast music scene and recently played at Other Voices in St James Church, Dingle.
I'm looking forward to it.