Celia de Fréine
Celia de Fréine is a poet and dramatist who writes in Irish and English. She was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in Dublin and in Connemara. Her collections of poetry are Faoi Chabáistí is Ríonacha (2001) and Fiacha Fola (2004), both published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta, and Scarecrows at Newtownards (2005), published by Scotus Press.
Is file agus drámadóir í Celia de Freine. As Contae an Dúin ó dhúchas í agus caitheann sí seal den bhliain i mBaile Átha Cliath agus seal i gConamara. Tá dhá leabhar filíochta i gcló aici ó Chló Iar-Chonnachta: ‘Faoi Chabáistí is Ríonacha’ (2001) agus ‘Fiacha Fola’ (2004). D’fhoilsigh Scotus Press ‘Scarecrows at Newtownards’ in 2005.
"De Freine's evocative meditations seize the reader with a strange and unique mixture of sensuality and pain. Here too is the true poet's gift to surprise" - Books Ireland
Poet and critic David Wheatley is among the best known of the younger Irish poets. His volumes of poetry include Thirst (1997) which won the Rooney Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and Misery Hill (2000), both from the Gallery Press, and a pamphlet entitled Three-Legged Dog, with Catríona O'Reilly (Wild Honey Press, 2003). His latest book, Mocker, is forthcoming from Gallery. He has also edited Stream and Gliding Sun: A Wicklow Anthology and I Am The Crocus, a volume of children's poetry. He is a lecturer at the University of Hull.
"Wheatley's technical resources are an unobtrusive pleasure to read; he can produce seemingly effortless villanelles, quasi-sonnets and loose but authoritative free verse" - Peter Reading, TLS