All Contributors 2016

Leanne O'Sullivan

Leanne O'Sullivan

Poet

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/6816/30/Leanne-OSullivan

Leanne O’Sullivan comes from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and was educated at UCC.  She has won first prize in the Seacat poetry competition, the RTÉ Rattlebag Poetry Slam and the Davoren Hanna Award for a Young Emerging Irish Poet.  Her first collection Waiting for my Clothespublished by Bloodaxe 2004, traces a deeply personal journey, from the traumas of an eating disorder and low self-esteem to the saving powers of love and positive awareness.

Her work has been included in various anthologies, including Best Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword Publishing), Selina Guinness’s The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) and Billy Collins’s Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003). Residencies and festival readings have taken Leanne to France, India and China, amongst other locations, and she was the recipient of the 2009 Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary. In 2010 she received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, which is administered by the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing based at the Trinity School of English. Her second collection of poetry is Cailleach: The Hag of Beara published by Bloodaxe (2009). In 2013 a new collection, The Mining Road, appeared from Bloodaxe.  She was given the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011 and received a UCC Alumni Award in 2012.