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Ó Bhéal

Cork's weekly poetry event

Theo Dorgan is a poet who is also a novelist, non-fiction prose writer, editor, translator, broadcaster, librettist and documentary scriptwriter. He has published five books of poetry. His most recent collection is Nine Bright Shiners, published in 2014 by Dedalus Press. His two prose accounts of crossing the Atlantic under sail, Sailing For Home and Time on the Ocean; A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town, won wide acclaim, as has his recently published first novel, Making Way (New Island Books, 2013). He has translated two collections of poetry by the Syrian poet Maram al-Masri, Barefoot Souls (Arc Publications, 2014) and Liberty Walks Naked (Southword Editions, 2016).

His work has been widely translated: two full collections have been published in Italian and a selected poems in French. La Hija De Safo was published by Ediciones Hiperion, Madrid, in 2001. He has been editor of, among other titles, Foundation Stone, Notes Towards a Constitution for a 21st Century Republic (New Island Books 2013), Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, What We Found There, Watching the River Flow and, with Gene Lambert, Leabhar Mor na hÉireann/The Great Book Of Ireland, a unique manuscript volume on vellum. He was awarded the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry in 2010 and was the 2015 winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award for the best book of poetry published in 2014. He is a member of Aosdána.