Literary Programme 2017

Karen J. McDonnell

Karen J. McDonnell

Karen J. McDonnell

Bantry Bookshop

Wed 19 July 2017



This Little World focuses both on the internal subjective world that we inhabit due to social media and 24/7 access to news sources, as well as the little worlds we create for ourselves in our relationships with family, friends and ‘the other’. Karen’s poems respond to the past and the immediate, the personal and the global, including the current plight of Syrian refugees.

‘Its language, with its rounded vowel-sounds and sibilants, is musical. Strong verbs carry the poem forward to that chilling surprise of the last line, which sends the reader back into the poem again. Wonderful!’Breda Wall Ryan [on Karen J. McDonnell’s poem At Sea]

Karen J. McDonnell won the 2014 WOW Poetry Award and was runner up in the 2015 Wild Atlantic Words and the 2015 Baffle poetry competitions. She was shortlisted for the 2014 Poems for Patience Award, as well as being longlisted for the 2014 Over the Edge New Writing Prize. Her poetry and other writing has been published and anthologised in Ireland and abroad, including The Honest Ulsterman, Crannóg, poeticdiversity, The Irish Times, Poetry NI: Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, Wild Atlantic Words 2015 and Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s ‘De Profundis’ (Sybaritic Press). This Little World, Karen’s debut poetry collection, will be published Doire Press in June 2017.

Karen’s photo is by Aidan Sweeney Photography

Dedicated to the memory of John O'Mahony
This year's Bantry Bookshop readings are dedicated to the memory of John O'Mahony who passed away in February. John was a native of Bantry who started his journalism career with RTE and spent many years in New York as a journalist with the Irish Echo, the New York Post and Bloomberg Businessweek. You may read more about John's life and work here.