The Outward Eye
In The Outward Eye, we bring together Sandeep Parmar, Siobhán Campbell and Nessa O'Mahony who meld poetry, history and the lived world in socially engaged work that calls out and talks back to forces that threaten and undermine. Each sees her role as a poet as one that actively faces down political and media rhetoric.
Hear all three rail against complacency as they extol the power of poetry in moments of political crisis, reading
and discussing their work.
Sandeep Parmar is a BBC New Generation Thinker, a poet and a scholar of British and American modernist literature. She received her PhD from University College London and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She has published two books of poetry: The Marble Orchard and Eidolon, and scholarly works on modernist women writers Nancy Cunard, Hope Mirrlees and Mina Loy. Her edition of Mirrlees's poetry appeared from Carcanet in 2011 and she's currently editing the Selected Poems of Nancy Cunard. She teaches in the English department at the University of Liverpool where she is Co-Director of the Centre for New and International Writing.
Siobhán Campbell is a poet and critic. With an MA from University College Dublin and a PhD from Lancaster University, she pursued post-graduate study at NYU and the New School, New York. She joined The Open University, Dept. of English from Kingston University London, where she was Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing and Course Director MA and MFA, Creative Writing. Author of five books of poetry and co-editor of the forthcoming book of essays on the work of Eavan Boland, Siobhan Campbell's work has received awards in the National Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Competition and is the recipient of an Arts Council award and the Templar Poetry Prize. She is featured in the canonical anthologies of the past two decades including Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets, Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets writing in English and The Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature.
Nessa O’Mahony is a Dublin-born poet. She has published four books of poetry – Bar Talk, Trapping a Ghost, In Sight of Home and Her Father’s Daughter. Novelist Joseph O’Connor described In Sight of Home as ‘a moving, powerful and richly pleasurable read, audaciously imagined and achieved’ whilst poet Tess Gallagher said of Her Father’s Daughter that ‘words are her witching sticks and she employs them with beautiful, engaging intent, the better to make present what has preceded and what approaches.’ O’Mahony won the National Women’s Poetry Competition in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and Hennessy Literature Awards.