Internationally acclaimed Irish poets Leontia Flynn and Maurice Riordan will give a free public reading at The Ship Pub, Solomon’s Lane, on Tuesday, March 22 at 8 p.m. They will be joined by Newfoundland poets Mark Callanan and Mary Dalton. The event is free.
Leontia Flynn is the author of three poetry collections published by Jonathan Cape. Her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessey Prize for Irish Literature. She is a lecturer in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, at Queen’s University Belfast.
Maurice Riordan has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, is collected in four books of poems published by Faber & Faber. He has edited several anthologies, including The Finest Music: Early Irish Lyrics (Faber, 2014). He is currently Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University, and the editor of Poetry Review.
Also reading are St. John’s-based poets Mark Callanan, who was shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize and the BMO Winterset Award, and Mary Dalton, whose work has been shortlisted for or won numerous prizes, including the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry.