Mary Madec, Michelle O'Sullivan & Aoife Casby are three of the six poets shortlisted in the New Irish Poetry category for this year's Sunday Tribune Hennessy Literary Awards. The winners in each category, the other categories being First Fiction and Emerging Fiction, will be announced, as will the Sunday Tribune Hennessy New Irish Writer of The Year, at a gala lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, April 22nd. This year's judges are Eílis Ní Dhuibhne & Douglas Kennedy.
Mary Madec was born in County Mayo. She started writing poetry about four years ago and since then has published in Crannóg, West 47, The Cúirt Annual, the SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, WOW and Iota among others. In Spring 2007 she was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introductions; in July she was runner-up in the Raftery competition and chosen for the WINDOWS showcase and anthology. Last autumn she started up a community-writing project Away with Words for people with intellectual disabilities. She has attended a number of poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre and was a Featured Reader at the November 2005 Over The Edge: Open Reading. Mary will also read at the 2008 Cúirt Festival Over The Edge Showcase reading at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Thursday, April 24th at 11am.
Michelle O’Sullivan lives in County Mayo. She has an MA in Literature. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of prestigious publications such as The Shop, Poetry Ireland Review, The Sunday Tribune & Agenda. She has work forthcoming in PN Review & The Southern Indiana Review. She is currently working on a collection of poetry as well as a collection of short fiction. Michelle has been selected to take part in this year's Poetry Ireland Introductions series of readings. She was a Featured Reader at the March 2008 Over The Edge: Open Reading.
Aoife Casby lives in Carraroe. Her poetry and fiction have been published in The Sunday Tribune, The Cork Literary Review, The Divas anthology (Arlen House) and The Cuirt Annual. In 2006 she completed an MA in Writing at NUI Galway, and was highly commended in the Start Poetry Chapbook competition. Aoife was chosen to take part in last year’s Poetry Ireland Introductions Readings. She was a Featured Reader at the August 2003 Over The Edge: Open Reading and also read at last year's Cúirt Festival Over The Edge Showcase reading.