Duration 60 Mins

‘The Fragmentary Self: On Form and Identity’ sketches Alice Kinsella’s journey from writing poetry to her first book of prose, Milk: On Motherhood and Madness (2023). Alice’s talk will also draw from her interviews with writers Colm Keegan, William Keohane, and Rúairí Conneely to discuss other approaches to literary form, and how the writer’s experience intersects with class, gender identity and race.

Curated by the Irish Writers Centre (IWC), this talk is the first in a series of IWC National Mentoring Programme alumni events. IWC National Mentoring Programme provides writers across the island of Ireland with sustained creative mentorship. Alice received a place on the programme in 2018 where she was mentored by Irish poet Nessa O’Mahony. The IWC is supported by the Arts Council. 

In association with the Irish Writers Centre. With thanks to Arts in Action.

Author Biography

Alice Kinsella is a poet from Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland. She is the author of Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books, 2018) and editor of Empty House: Poetry and Prose on the Climate Crisis (Doire Press, 2021). Milk (Picador, 2023) is her debut book of prose. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Ethics of Cats (Broken Sleep Books, 2025), is forthcoming. She is an Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation Artist.

Event Location

O’Donoghue Theatre, University of Galway

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