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Ailbhe Darcy and Finuala Dowling

A poetry reading from two critically-acclaimed Bloodaxe poets

Date/Time: Thursday 11th October, 7.15pm

Venue: Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Finuala Dowling is renowned in South Africa for her honest and poignant poetry of home, parenthood, love, loss and desperation. Her retrospective Pretend You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Poems is being published by Bloodaxe in 2018. It brings together the best of Dowling’s funny and idiosyncratic poetry from four earlier prize-winning collections. She was born in Cape Town in 1962, and only started to write poetry once she turned 40. Since then, she has become one of her country’s most popular poets and novelists. Her fourth novel, The Fetch, won the 2016 Herman Charles Bosman prize and was described by reviewer Dineke Volschenk as a book that 'in years to come, will bear testimony to the maturity and intelligence of South African culture and literature'.

Irish poet Ailbhe Darcy was born in Dublin in 1981, and will read from her second collection, Insistence (Bloodaxe), in which the private world of home, love and first parenthood is threatened by the public one of global crisis and environmental disaster. Her first collection, Imaginary Menagerie, appeared in 2011, and was shortlisted for Ireland's Shine/Strong Award for best first collection. Other publications include the pamphlet, A Fictional Dress (tall-lighthouse, 2009), and Subcritical Texts, a collaboration with S.J. Fowler, published by Gorse in 2017. Ailbhe is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.

Described by David Wheatley as “boldly overhauling the received categories of the Irish poem’ with ‘cunning and humour.”

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