Eva Bourke, is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Seeing Yellow (2018), in which the poet offers empathy and historical awareness through illuminating and honest language. The Irish Times described Eva’s poems as suggesting ‘that the soul is an enduring gentleness in us, in others, in perhaps everything, and that it needs us to release it, to let it breathe, to nourish it with what we create rather than destroy.’ Eva is a member of Aosdána.
Tara Bergin’s third collection Savage Tales brings the riddle, song and dialogue together to form a series of formally inventive, blackly comic sequences that are both compelling and puzzling. These poems ‘seem to quiver with a strange, uncanny sense that something is always about to happen’ notes The Poetry Society. Tara Bergin’s second collection The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.
‘To look up from Padraig Regan’s words is to find oneself gently re-fitted into the world’ is how Anthony Capildeo describes the work in the Forward Prize shortlisted Some Integrity. This collection redefines the Irish lyric tradition, weaving art, food, desire, and the porous and provisional nature of our bodies together into playful and philosophical poetry.
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Eva Bourke is a poet and translator. She has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Seeing Yellow (Dedalus 2018) and several anthologies and collections in translation. Together with Borbála Farragó she edited the anthology Landing Places, Immigrant Poets in Ireland (Dedalus 2011) and with Vincent Woods Fermata, Writings Inspired by Music (Artisan House 2017). In 2020 she was nominated for Irish Times Poetry Now Prize and the same year awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize for Poetry. She is a member of Aosdána.
Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Dublin. Her first collection of poems, This is Yarrow (Carcanet), was awarded the 2014 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize and the 2014 Shine/Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish author. Her second collection The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet 2017) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Her third book is Savage Tales, also published by Carcanet in 2022. Tara now lives in the North of England and teaches part-time on the creative writing programme at Newcastle University.
Padraig Regan’s debut Collection Some Integrity was published by Carcanet in 2022 and was awardedthe Clarissa Luard Award and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. They the author of two poetry pamphlets: Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016) and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017). In 2015, they were a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, and in 2020 they were awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Prize. They hold a PhD on creative-critical and hybridised writing practices in medieval texts and the work of Anne Carson from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, where they were a Ciaran Carson Writing and the City Fellow in 2021. They are currently Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge.