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A native of Baile an Sceilg, South Kerry, Mícheál Ó Siochrú resides with his family near the picturesque Shannonside village of Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. A bilingual writer, his prose and poetry have been awarded first prize at Writers’ Week in Listowel as well as various Oireachtas prizes. He has toured Scotland at the invitation of the Scottish Arts Council, giving readings at several locations including the Isle of Skye with the internationally renowned poet, Sorley MacLean. Coiscéim has published three of his poetry collections as well as two novels; the most recent of which won an Oireachtas prize in 2016. Revival Press has published a collection of his poetry entitled Healing Room.


Redshank is a contemporary story of a poet’s struggle with the isolation of his craft, while, at the same time, having to deal with some complicated familial issues. It is a humorous novel, interspersed with poetry and enriched with zany minor characters. But it is the main character, Cathal Ó hÚrdaill, young poet and teacher, who exudes the craziest humour of all. It is his method of coping.