Contemporary Irish Poetry Featured Writer: Michael J. Whelan

Five poems                                                                   Contemporary Irish Poetry Index

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Michael J. Whelan. photograph by Emily Whelan.

Michael J. Whelan is a soldier-poet and historian. Michael joined the Irish Defence Forces in 1990 and served on tours of duty as a United Nations Peacekeeper during the conflicts in South Lebanon and with the Peace-Enforcement mission to Kosovo. He is curator of the Irish Air Corps Military Aviation Museum Collection at Baldonnel. He is author of two books, The Battle of Jadotville: Irish Soldiers in Combat in the Congo 1961 (2006) and Allegiances Compromised: Faith, Honour and Allegiance – Ex British Soldiers in the Irish Army 1913-24 (2011). Michael’s debut poetry collection, Peacekeeper (Doire Press, 2016), is the first of its kind in Ireland to examine the role of Irish citizens on international peace support missions. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and his poetry has been published in Ireland, Mexico, Paris, Indonesia, the UK & USA and is included in The Hundred Years’ War –Anthology of Modern War Poems edited by Nick Astley (Bloodaxe UK, 2014). Awards for Michael’s writing include 2nd Place and two Commendations in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards, 3rd Place in the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards, a short listing in the Over the Edge –New Writer of the Year and the Red Line Book Festival Awards. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Modern History from National University of Ireland, Maynooth

 

Peacekeeper (2016) is available from Doire Press: http://www.doirepress.com/writers/m_z/michael_whelan/

Michael J. Whelan’s Blog: https://michaeljwhelan.wordpress.com/

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About Zalehah Turner

Zalehah Turner is a Sydney based poet, photographer, cultural journalist, and Associate Editor of Rochford Street Review (RSR). Zalehah regularly contributes articles and interviews on poetry, art, film, and new media for RSR and the UTS magazine, Vertigo. Zalehah’s poetry was projected onto the Federation Square Wall in Melbourne as part of the Overload Poetry Festivals, 2008 and 2009; exhibited at Mark and Remark ,107 Projects, Redfern in 2013; and displayed in Alice Springs and Moruya thanks to Australian Poetry Café poets, Laurie May and Janette Dadd respectively. Her poems have been published in Writing Laboratory (2013), Sotto (2013), Social Alternatives (2016), Vertigo (2016, 2017), UTS’s The Empathy Poems Project (2017) and Rochford Street Review (2017). She co-judged the New Shoots Poetry Prizes 2016 alongside, Tamryn Bennett, Artistic Director of The Red Room Company, and published the winning and highly commended poems. Zalehah is currently working on an intermedia poetry collection entitled, 'Critical condition', focused on the interstitial threshold between life and death in medical crises based on personal experience. Zalehah holds a BA in Communication with a major in writing and cultural studies from the University of Technology, Sydney where she continues to pursue pushing the boundaries of multimedia poetry in Honours (Communication- Creative Writing).

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