Liam Aungier is a poet from Kildare. Twice runner up in the Patrick Kavanagh poetry competition, his debut collection Apples in Winter was published by Doghouse.
Dublin based Steve Conway is currently a DJ on Phantom 105.2FM and a former stalwart of that epic journey on that Good Ship that housed Radio Caroline. The Seven Towers Agency has signed to representing Steve for his wonderful memoir of his time on Radio Caroline. Steve's memoir gives us a behind the scene, fly on the wall look at the piece of cultural and broadcasting history that is Radio Caroline on its stormy journey through the 1980s until it ran aground at the end of that decade.
Catherine Ann Cullen was born in Drogheda, Co Louth. She is a regular contributor to RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany and A Living Word as well as producing current affairs, arts and features. She lives with her partner Harry and daughter Stella in Kimmage, Dublin. Her first collection, A Bone in My Throat, is published by Doghouse.
Arts administrator and part-time lecturer, Alan Garvey's work has been published in various magazines and anthologies. He has read in the University of Toronto and at the March Hare Festival, Newfoundland, courtesy of the Arts Council. He lives in Carlow with his wife, Tara and son, Keir. His first full collection, Herself in Air (2006), was published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast. His second, Learning To Crawl (also on Lapwing) was released in the spring of 2008. Due to graduate from WIT's MA in Creative Writing programme this year.
Ross Hattaway's first collection of poetry is a collection of 'High Country' poetry, reflecting the dichotomy of the New Zealand High Country where starkness and beauty, economy and expression, machismo and inner sensitivity exist in a symbiotic yet sometimes uneasy relationship. Moving and humorous, these arresting poems reflect the origins and upbringing of the poet and the psychic landscape of New Zealand. Beneath the spare, crystalline phrasing and economic use of language, Ross' poems hold a wealth of meaning and poignancy and reflect the experience of many men who are forced to trade their inner sensitivity for survival in a world of macho values. The poems come out of Ross' own personal experience growing up in New Zealand where, for instance, he bought his country music albums in secret in brown paper bags, lest his contemporaries realise what he was purchasing!
Ross Hattaway was born in New Zealand and has lived in Ireland since 1990. He has published poetry in periodicals and collections, including Writings (Wellington), Life Beyond the Louvres (Northern Territory Anthology), Poetry Australia. His readings include the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series, Anna Livia FM and Between the Lines (Belfast). The Gentle Art of Rotting is his first collection. In 2008 Ross was a guest at the Poetry Spring Festival in Lithuania, becoming the first Irish poet to guest at that festival. Part of The Gentle Art of Rotting was translated into Lithuanian and published as part of the festival celebration.
"An exciting new collection of poetry" Sunday Independent
Dublin poet Anne Morgan has had work in a number of anthologies – including Seven Towers forthcoming Census – and journals.
Noel Ó Briain was born in Kerry, grew up in Dublin and now lives in Camolin, Wexford. He is a playwright and poet and a former head of drama at RTE. He has worked for many years in theatre, radio and television as an actor, producer/director, designer and script editor. into English as The Hostage and staged at The Royal Theatre Stratford by Joan Littlewood. He has produced and directed many plays in the Damer Hall under the auspices of Gael Linn. Among others these included Gunna Cam agus Slabhra Óir by Seán Ó Tuama and Aggiornamento by Chriostóir Ó Floinn. He also designed the sets for these and many other productions. He has directed Ulick O'Connor's Noh Plays at The Project. As a Radio Producer his drama productions have been selected as RTE's entries for the Prix Italia. He has won a National Jacob's Award for his production and adaptation of Seán Ó Tuama's Judas Iscariot agus a Bhean. He has worked as Producer, Director, Series Producer and Script Editor in numerous television one-offs, series and serial drama, often combining several of these skills in one production. These have included The Riordans, Bracken (which launched the career of Gabriel Byrne) Glenroe and Ros na Rún among many others. He also produced and directed the controversial series The Spike until it was withdrawn by RTE itself after complaints from the League of Decency and State interference. He has participated in a documentary in the Scannal series on RTE which deals with well known Irish scandals – including The Spike! (to be transmitted in Autumn 2008). He has won the Celtic Film Festival Drama Award for his production of Tom Murphy's screenplay, Brigit. His poetry and short stories have been published in a number of literary magazines including The Kilkenny Magazine and Poetry Ireland. They have also been broadcast on radio in the short story slot and on Sunday Miscellany. Noel has completed Land of She a hilarious adapted for theatre translation of Brian Merriman's Cuirt on Mhean Oiche written for five parts. He has also completed a short verse play inspired by Synge's Deirdre of The Sorrows, entitled Áinle and Árdán Are Already Dead.
Writer, actor, artist and activist Gerard Mannix Flynn said of Scattering Day, that "We are lucky today to have such a collection of work at our disposal. The poems are prayers, meditations for the every moment. I always think that when you pick up a poem to read it you're accepting help in your struggle in life. Make sure that when you reach out that one of Noel Ó Briain's poems is within reach"
Doog Wood is a Dublin based poet from North Carolina. His poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies. His first full collection will be published by The Seven Towers Agency in 2009. (SevenTowers)