Leanne O'Sullivan Readings
'In each of her four books, Leanne O’Sullivan has managed the balancing act of fashioning striking individual poems while developing a book-length project. Skilful and soulful, her achievements as a writer are as clear as ever in her powerful new book, A Quarter of an Hour.' - John McAuliffe, The Irish Times
‘A Quarter of an Hour is a rich, nuanced, and powerful volume, which confirms Leanne O'Sullivan's mastery of her art.’ - Florence Impens, Dublin Review of Books
Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan’s new book-length sequence of poems explores the mysterious world of memory loss as experienced by her husband after a rare brain infection. A Quarter of an Hour was launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival on 13 February and in Newcastle upon Tyne at The Newcastle Poetry Festival in May. Further readings to follow in Longford and at West Cork Literarary Festival.
In 2013 a brain infection caused Leanne’s husband Andrew to fall into a coma lasting three weeks. When he came round, it was to almost complete memory loss. In beautiful poems that draw on Greek and Irish myth, Leanne charts her husband’s illness from the moment it struck, through her long bedside vigil, and the years of total memory loss, to the slow process of gradual recovery of memory. The animals and birds that filled his mind at that time, and which he felt helped draw him back to reality, are depicted in poems that also raise awareness of other losses, such as ecological changes in the Arctic. Leanne spoke to the Irish Examiner about her husband's illness and miraculous recovery here. A Quarter of an Hour was published on World Encephalitis Day. Leanne O'Sullivan's husband Andrew's illness was caused by herpes simplex encephalitis - the cold sore virus - which traveled into his brain.
2018 EVENTS FOR A QUARTER OF AN HOUR
Sunday 2 September 2018, Books Upstairs, 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, 3pm
Leanne O’Sullivan will be reading alongside Eleanor Hooker and Eileen Sheehan at Books Upstairs.
More information in due course on facebook here.
John McAuliffe's review in The Irish Times can be read in full here.
To read Florence Impens' wonderful essay-review in Dublin Review of Books, click here.
For links to more press & radio interviews with Leanne, see: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/news?articleid=778.
[21 August 2018]