Digital Broadcast: Sunday 27th September: 13.00-14.00

Bray Literary Festival is delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Doire Press, one of Ireland’s leading independent publishers. Writer and Doire Press poet David Butler will host this event with readings from John Walsh (co-director of Doire Press) along with Doire debuts Aoife Reilly and Linda McKenna.

John Walsh

John Walsh was born in Derry and lived in Germany sixteen years before settling in Connemara in 1989. He has published three volumes of poetry, most recently, Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot (Salmon Poetry, 2010). In 2012 he published Border Lines, his debut short-story collection, awarded a publication grant by Galway County Council. He has read at events throughout Ireland, Europe and the States. He is co-director of Doire Press.

Aoife Reilly

Aoife Reilly grew up in Laois and lives in Galway. In 2018 she participated in an international artist-in-residency programme at Officina Stamperia del Notaio, Sicily. She has been shortlisted in many competitions including the Doolin Writer’s Competition and Over the Edge New Writer of the Year (2015 & 2018). Her pamphlet Lilac and Gooseberries was published by Lapwing Press, 2017. Revolutions of Humming Things .  is her debut collection.

Linda McKenna

Linda McKenna was brought up in Kinsealy, County Dublin and lives in Downpatrick. In 2018 she won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. Her work has also been shortlisted for the 2017 Eyewear Twelve Poems for Christmas competition. In the Museum of Misremembered Things, published by Doire Press, is her debut collection.


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