‘More of a bonfire than a beacon’: women writing for change at this month’s Word

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library on Wednesday 27th.  Writer Jessamine O’Connor from the BA Writing and Literature will host guests Sarah Clancy and Bairbre Flood. Sarah Clancy is a poet from Galway City although she now lives in Clare. She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently The Truth and Other Stories (Salmon Poetry). The poet Martin Dyar describes her “rich, rhythmically insistent and often thrillingly confrontational poetry” and Rita Ann Higgins applauds the refreshing style and humanity of Clancy’s poems that ‘act as more of a bonfire than a beacon in these dark times.” She has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championship and was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships. Her new collection will be published by Salmon Poetry.

Reading with Sarah is Bairbre Flood, a writer and journalist living in West Cork. Her story Fejira // to cross won first prize in the Fish Memoir Competition 2019, with publication in the Fish Anthology 2019. The judge Chrissie Gittins described it as ‘a vivid, clear-eyed account which witnesses the facts of these precarious ‘blow-apart lives struggling to start again’ and makes them plain to see.’ Her video-poem, Illegal was runner-up at the Doolin Writers’ Weekend 2019 inaugural video-poem competition; a lament connecting our coffin ship history with modern-day experiences of exile. She has written two books of poetry, and her most recent poems explore migration, loss and identity.

Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event. 27th November, 6.30 pm, Sligo Central Library.