Leanne O'Sullivan Launch Events
'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
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 will be launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival on 13 February, with further readings in Dublin and at the Mountains to Sea 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 is 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.
SPRING 2018 EVENTS FOR A QUARTER OF AN HOUR
Tuesday 13 February, Cork International Poetry Festival, The Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place, Cork, 8.30pm
Launch of A Quarter of an Hour.
Free entry with book purchase.
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Thursday 15 February, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1, 7pm
Arguing with Edmund Spenser in Contemporary Irish Poetry
Leanne O’Sullivan is one of 5 writers taking part in this event. Leanne draws on Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene in her new book A Quarter of an Hour.
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Wednesday 21 March 2018, Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Pavillion Theatre, 6.30pm
Leanne O’Sullivan will be reading from her new collection at the Mountains to Sea Festival. She will be reading alongside Tom McCarthy, Mary O’Malley and Vincent Woods.
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Leanne will also be reading in the USA in April and at the Newcastle Poetry Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), in May. Details to follow.
John McAuliffe's review in The Irish Times can be read in full here.
[12 February 2018]