11th November – Ink, Sweat & Tears: commission winners Gail Connell & Jo Young (headliners)

UEA MA Scholars – support

Gail McConnell is a writer and lecturer from Belfast. Her first poetry pamphlet is Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Fothermather (IS&T Press, 2019), her second, explores new parenthood and queerness and is the result of her winning the Ink Sweat & Tears/Café Writers Pamphlet Commission Competition in 2017. Gail’s poems have appeared in Poetry Review, PN Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Blackbox Manifold and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of two Arts Council Northern Ireland awards. Gail lectures in English at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast and publishes criticism of Irish and British poetry.

Jo Young is a writer from York. Her poems have been published in anthologies and journals including The Rialto, The Scores and Ink Sweat & Tears. Jo has served in the British Army and the Army Reserve for over twenty years. She has two young sons and her first pamphlet, Firing Pins, is published by IS&T Press after winning the Ink Sweat & Tears/Café WritersPamphlet Commission Competition in 2017.