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Courting Katie

James O'Sullivan

ISBN: 978-1-910669-85-3

Page Count: 66

Publication Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Cover Artwork: Mary Galvin

About this Book

Courting Katie explores tenuous notions of what it means to be Irish. This is a collection about drunken nights, about cranes, outbound flights, and confirmation parties. Situated within a range of pre- and post-Celtic Tiger contexts, it examines social and cultural crises, both local and national. These poems engage with the experience of Ireland, not simply in a grandiose manner, but through the individual, and the many disappointments that have been suffered on this island.

Author Biography

James O’Sullivan has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The SHOp, Southword, Cyphers, and Revival. James includes third-place in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2016 and commendations in both the Munster Literature Centre’s Fool for Poetry 2014 International Chapbook Competition and the Charles Macklin Poetry Prize 2013 amongst his honours. He has twice been shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize 2014/15. James is also the author of Groundwork (Alba, 2014) and Kneeling on the Redwood Floor (Lapwing, 2011). He has been a guest reader at numerous venues and events, both national and international, including Ó Bhéal, the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, and the CFHSS Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. James, who is a lecturer at University College Cork, is the Founding Editor of New Binary Press. Further information on his work can be found at

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