Marie Cadden was born in Devon, reared in Malahide, Co. Dublin and in Cheshire. Since 1977 she has lived in Spiddal, Co. Galway. Her debut poetry collection, ‘Gynaecologist in the Jacuzzi’ which has recently been published by Salmon Press has been described as ‘both sassy and sensuous’. She has worked as a teacher of children with autism, teacher of the deaf, play therapist. This has enabled Marie to deliver her poetry with style, humour bite. These are poems of hope, enchantment, disenchantment and acceptance.
John Liddy (1954) was born in County Cork, grew up in Limerick, resides in Madrid and took a degree with the University of Wales. He is the founding editor, along with Jim Burke, of The Stony Thursday Book and has published many collections of poetry in English and his most recent book is The Secret Heart of Things.
Poet, songwriter and dramatist, Peter Mullineaux, will read from his new collection of poetry called “Small Hungers and Scary Movies”. Pete’s work has been featured on RTE’s Arena and been described as ‘tender & lyrical’. Poet and writer, Ger Reidy who will also be reading at the festival, has won several national poetry competitions, has been published in many literary journals and has read at numerous literary festivals including the Cúirt Festival in Galway in 2010.
Often referred to as ‘The other Galway Races’, the Omey Races take place annually on the strand at Omey Strand, Claddaghduff in Connemara. Re-established as a tradition in 2001, the annual summer races have been steadily attracting greater numbers every year and last year drew a crowd of almost 5000 people for a wonderful day of sun, sand, sea and of course, horse racing. With up to nine races on the card, there’s opportunities for young, upcoming jockeys to hone their skills, while providing a great day out for spectators. The races this year are being held on Sunday, July TBC. The first race will be off at 1pm sharp, so don’t miss out.