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Doireann Ní Ghríofa writes “with tenderness and unflinching curiosity” (Poetry Magazine). She is an award-winning bilingual writer whose poems and prose regularly appear in literary journals in Ireland and internationally. Among her awards are the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015 and the Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry (Scotland).

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry in 1984. She graduated from NUI Galway in 2005 with a BA in Irish and French. After her degree, she worked in Bordeaux as a language teacher at the university there. She returned to NUI Galway to do a Masters in Irish where she also taught classes in Irish language and literature. In August 2007, she went to New York to teach Irish with the Fulbright programme. The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon awarded her an artist’s bursary in 2008 allowing her time to focus on writing. Her poems have appeared in An Guth, Feasta, Crannóg and Poetry Ireland Review. As well as poetry, Ailbhe writes articles for ‘Beocheist’ in The Irish Times. Gabriel Rosenstock has translated some of her poems to English. Her first collection, Péacadh, was published by Coiscéim in 2008.

Doireann Ní Bhriain is an Irish independent radio producer. She began her career as a radio and television journalist, and started out reading children’s stories on television. From those beginnings, she went on to work for RTÉ for over 20 years before moving on in 1993. She is best known for her work and affiliation with RTÉ Radio 1. She was a long-running reporter on the radio current affairs programme Women Today for which she is well known. She was the presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, held in Dublin. In 1993, she won a Jacob’s Award for her work on RTÉ Radio. In 2000, she moved on to work in arts project management and consultancy for a number of years. She developed an expertise in festival management and cultural tourism. She also continued to work in radio as an independent producer, producing series on volunteering, on minority religions in Ireland, on urban development in Ireland, and documentaries for RTÉ radio and Raidio na Gaeltachta. In recent years, she has specialised in voice and presentation training, independent radio production and TV voiceover work in English and Irish.

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