As part of Arlen House's 40th anniversary
celebrations we are delighted to present four winners of the Patrick
Kavanagh Award, Ireland's most prestigious poetry prize. Arlen House has
published the critically-acclaimed debut collections of these four
writers, all of whom will take part in a reading in our first floor café
on Thursday 11th August. We hope you'll join us for this summer evening
Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine
and can be purchased directly from Books Upstairs for only €6 if you'd
like to avoid the booking fee. Please phone 01-6778566. Advance booking
Martin Dyar’s debut collection Maiden Names
(Arlen House, 2013, 2015) was a book of the year selection in both the
Guardian and The Irish Times, and was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry
Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He was a writer in residence at the
International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2013.
Ann Leahy’s debut collection is The Woman who Lived her Life Backwards
(Arlen House, 2008). Her poems have twice been commended in the British
National Poetry Competition. She grew up in Co Tipperary and lives in
Dublin. She practised as a solicitor and worked in the management of a
national not-for-profit organisation and is now completing a Ph.D.
Dublin-born Geraldine Mitchell lives on the County Mayo coast. She won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and has since published two collections: World Without Maps (Arlen House, 2011) and Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014). Other publications include two novels for young people and a biography of Muriel Gahan.
Connie Roberts, an Offaly native,
emigrated to the United States in 1983. She won the Patrick Kavanagh
Award and the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Award and her
debut collection Little Witness (Arlen House, 2015) was shortlisted for the Strong Award. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University, New York.