Tara Bergin & Caoilinn Hughes
Two poets deeply engaged in transforming and updating the Irish poetry tradition read their debut collections from Carcanet. A Dubliner living in England, Tara Bergin did her doctoral work on Ted Hughes’s translations of János Pilinszky. Her poetry was included in the bestselling Carcanet anthology New Poetries V and she will be reading from the well-received This is Yarrow, where sensuous lyricism mingles with the unsettling familiarity of folklore and dream. Born in Galway in 1985, Caoilinn Hughes spent time in New Zealand working for Google and writing novels on the weekends before focusing on poetry. Her writing aligns scientific and artistic undertakings to create work of striking energy that is virtuosic in its use of language. Poems from Gathering Evidence have won a number of awards including the 2012 Patrick Kavanagh Award.