We were honoured to have the amazing poet Paul Casey as the judge of our 1st Annual Poetry Competition in 2019.
Paul Casey was born in Cork in 1968. He grew up between Ireland, Zambia and South Africa and has worked in a number of fields, primarily film, multimedia and teaching. He has published two collections with Salmon Poetry: home more or less (2012) and Virtual Tides (2016). While mainly writing in English, he is a multilingual poet published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the US, China, Australia, South Africa, Romania, Italy and beyond. A chapbook of his longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, was published by The Heaventree Press (2009). Since 2012 he has been poet in residence each May during the Bealtaine festival for Carechoice elderly homes around county Cork. He curates and edits the annual Unfinished Book of Poetry for Cork City Libraries, featuring verse written by transition year students from Cork city schools, and is the founder/director of the poetry organisation Ó Bhéal (www.obheal.ie).
Paul’s début collection is home more or less (Salmon Poetry, 2012). His second, Virtual Tides, was published by Salmon in early 2016. He has published poems in five of his six spoken languages, along with articles, in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the US, China, Australia, South Africa, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina. A chapbook of his longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, was published by The Heaventree Press in 2009. He completed a poetry-film in 2010 based on Ian Duhig’s poem, The Lammas Hireling. He teaches multimedia and creative writing courses at the Cork College of Commerce and is poet in residence each May for Carechoice, a group of elderly homes in county Cork, during the Bealtaine festival. He also edits the annual Unfinished Book of Poetry, featuring verse written by transition year students from Cork city schools.
He has most recently been published in Café Review, The Penny Dreadful, Live Encounters, The Stony Thursday Book, Fulcrum and the Irish Examiner. In 2014 he wrote and performed an original collaborative piece with Afric McGlinchey, for Stephen J. Fowler’s Enemies project.
Casey performs at many festivals and venues, including at Beyond Baroque and The World Stage in Los Angeles, Poetry Africa in Durban, The Godiva Festival, the Cork Poetry festival, the Cúirt Festival of Literature, the Dromineer Literary Festival and at the Troubadour in London. He has been interviewed by RTE Radio 1 for the Poetry Programme and for Arena. He read in the Guild Hall in Coventry for the state visit of president Michael D. Higgins. He is the founder/director of Ó Bhéal, at www.obheal.ie.
Please follow the links below to see more about Paul, and please support his work whenever and wherever you see this great poet.
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