Blog archive for 2022


In September 2022 the poet, musician and sound artist Belinda Zhawi will present In Transit – a new site-specific performance exploring themes of colonialism, migration, industry and the environment.

Independent publisher Penned in the Margins has acquired an ‘exquisite’ fiction debut by writer and journalist Kathryn Bromwich.

Gail McConnell has been announced as the winner of the 2022 John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize for her debut book The Sun is Open at an award ceremony in Trinity College Dublin this evening (Tues, April 12, 2022).

The winner of the twenty-seventh Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize, worth £7,500, will be announced in early May 2022 in Dublin. The Prize was instituted in memory of the British Ambassador to Ireland who was murdered by the IRA in 1976. The work eligible covers a two-year period (2020 and 2021) and has produced a wide […]

The shortlist for the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize 2022 has been announced today by the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre and includes Penned in the Margins author Gail McConnell for The Sun is Open.

Like a cross between the Guardian’s Writers’ rooms and MTV Cribs, our ‘Where I write’ series brings you up close and personal with the furniture of our authors’ lives to discover where – and how – the magic happens. In this episode, poet John McCullough takes us freewriting in his cheerfully designed notebooks and comes to terms with lost fragments.

Like a cross between the Guardian’s Writers’ rooms and MTV Cribs, our ‘Where I write’ series brings you up close and personal with the furniture of our authors’ lives to discover where – and how – the magic happens. In this episode, poet Gail McConnell takes us from a toy-strewn floor to a residential retreat and reveals the importance of not writing.






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