I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

Carcanet’s Emerging Poets: Adam Crothers, Caoilinn Hughes and Helen Tookey


Join us at Books Upstairs bookshop for an evening of poetry with three of Carcanet Press’s finest emerging poets: Adam Crothers, Caoilinn Hughes and Helen Tookey. All three are distinguished alumnae of Carcanet’s bestselling New Poetries anthology series who have gone on to publish highly successful debut collections. Adam Crothers’ first collection was recently praised by the Irish Times whilst Caoilinn Hughes and Helen Tookey were both shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch an exciting new generation of poets reading together in the heart of Dublin city centre.

Where: Books Upstairs, 17 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2
When: Saturday 11 June, 6.30pm
Tickets: €5 – available from Books Upstairs (01-6778566) or online.


Adam Crothers was born in Belfast in 1984. He lives in Cambridge, working as a library assistant, literary critic and teacher, and as a Commissioning Editor for the online magazine The Literateur. The author of Several Deer (Carcanet, 2016), he has been anthologised in New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015), The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff, 2016), and Poetry Ireland Review‘s 2016 ‘Rising Generation’ issue.

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet Press 2014), won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection, the Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers’ Week, the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry and the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize. She has received an Irish Arts Council Literature Bursary to complete her second poetry book. An extract from her novel-in-progress appears in the Spring 2016 issue of Tin House. She has been Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in The Netherlands since 2014.

Originally from Leicester, Helen Tookey now lives in Liverpool. Her first full-length poetry collection Missel-Child was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize in 2015. A CD collaboration with musician Sharron Kraus titled If You Put Out Your Hand is due out from Wounded Wolf Press, and a pamphlet of new poems is forthcoming from HappenStance Press in autumn this year.

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