Afric McGlinchey

Genres: Autofiction | Irish Writing | Memoir | West Cork

Afric McGlinchey is an Irish poet with strong African connections, having spent her childhood and early adulthood in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Selected by Poetry Ireland Review as one of The Rising Generation (2016), her other honours include a Hennessy poetry award, Poets Meet Politics award, Northern Liberties prize (USA), Best of the Net and Pushcart nominations. She has been the recipient of several bursaries from the Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. Her début poetry collection, The lucky star of hidden things, was published by Salmon Poetry, followed by Ghost of the Fisher Cat in 2016, which was nominated for the Forward, Piggott and Poetry Now prizes. Both collections have been well-received, translated into Italian and re-published by L’Arcolaio. A chapbook, Invisible Insane, was published by SurVision in 2019. Afric was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Award to write Tied to the Wind, a hybrid auto-fictional childhood memoir, which was published in August 2021 by Broken Sleep Books. Afric lives in West Cork.

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