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Afric McGlinchey Biography

Irish-born Afric McGlinchey had a peripatetic upbringing between Ireland, Zambia and Zimbabwe and now lives in West Cork, Ireland. She graduated with a B.A. in English and French from Rhodes University, South Africa; received a Post-graduate degree in English Literature from the University of Cape Town, was awarded a T.E.F.L. qualification from International House, London; and is an alumna of the Faber Academy, for which she received a Fellowship. She has been the recipient of a Cork County Council Individual Artist Bursary Award and was Writer in Residence at the West Cork Arts Centre in 2016.

The lucky star of hidden things (Salmon Poetry, 2012), based on her upbringing in Africa, was widely and well-reviewed, and translated into Italian by the respected poet, Lorenzo Mari, and published by L’Arcolaio in 2016.

Ghost of the Fisher Cat (Salmon Poetry, 2016), inspired by a medieval Parisian urban legend, was nominated for the Forward, the Piggott and the Poetry Now/Irish Times awards.

Named by Poetry Ireland Review as one of Ireland’s rising poets, her poetry has been widely anthologised and used in the Irish Leaving Certificate, broadcast on RTE and published in journals worldwide, including Pedestal, Numéro Cinq, The Same, Salzburg Review, Rochford Street Journal, Café Review, Enchanting Verses, New Contrast, Ofi, Magma, Acuman, Abridged, Ambit, The Interpreter’s House, Under the Radar, Tears in the Fence and Valve, as well as in the Irish Times, Stinging Fly, Moth, the SHOp, Southword and Poetry Ireland Review among others. To date she has had over 200 poems published online and in print and has had her work translated into five languages.

A Pushcart, Best of the Net, Forward, Piggott and Poetry Now/Irish Times Award nominee, she won the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award for 2010, the Poets Meet Politics award for 2015, the Northern Liberties Editors’ Choice award in 2012 and has been placed or highly commended in the Bridport, Magma, Gregory O’Donoghue, North West Words, Westport, Poets Meet Painters (twice), First Chapter poetry award (UK), Poetry Space (UK), Trocaire /Poetry Ireland award (three times), Dromineer, and long-listed for the coveted Plough and National Poetry Prizes (UK). As well as performing at the Cork International Poetry Festival, West Cork Literary Festival, Mindfield, Dromineer, Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend (NI), and Galway Arts Festival among others, she has been a programmed guest at numerous festivals and events in Ireland and abroad, including the Troubadour, London, Poetry Africa (Durban), the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Paris Live, the Iowa Book Festival, and as part of an Italo-Irish Literary Exchange, in Bologna, St Agata, Lugo and Rome.

Afric works as a freelance editor, creative writing facilitator and mentor. She reviews regularly for Southword, Sabotage, Valve, Poetry Ireland Review and the Dublin Review of Books.

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