Literary Programme 2018

Leanne O’Sullivan & Billy Ramsell

Leanne O’Sullivan & Billy Ramsell

Leanne O’Sullivan
Billy Ramsell

Bantry Library

Wed 18 July 2018



Leanne O’Sullivan and Billy Ramsell are two of Cork’s finest young poets and we are delighted to bring them together today to read from their work.

In 2013, Leanne O’Sullivan’s husband Andrew suffered a severe infection in his brain and spent just over three weeks in a coma. The birds and wild animals that he believed he could see during his recovery became the starting point for A Quarter of an Hour, poems that deal not simply with personal memory and recovery, but also the ways in which, collectively, even globally, we are trying (or not) to save entire species of plants and animals that we are now actually losing because of human activity. Leanne’s new collection celebrates the earth’s intoxicating wildness as well as the richness and preciousness of human experience.

‘Skilful and soulful, her achievements as a writer are as clear as ever in her powerful new book, A Quarter of an Hour.’ John McAuliffe, The Irish Times

Leanne O’Sullivan was born in 1983, and comes from the Beara peninsula in West Cork. The winner of several of Ireland’s poetry competitions in her early 20s, she has published four collections with Bloodaxe: Waiting for My Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010, The Mining Road (2013), and A Quarter of an Hour which was published in February 2018. She received the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award in 2009, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011, and a UCC Alumni Award in 2012. She is a lecturer in creative writing at University College Cork.

Billy Ramsell will read from a selection of his new and published poems. He was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. He has published two collections with Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasures in 2007 and The Architect’s Dream of Winter in 2013, which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and has recently been published in Italian translation. He was awarded the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and the Poetry Ireland Residency Bursary for 2015. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals and literary events around the world and has taught on the MFA programme at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company. 

Leanne’s photo is by Aisling O'Sullivan and Billy’s photo is by David Creedon