James Finnegan, Dublin born, was the second-prize winner in the 2022 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition and was shortlisted in the 2021 Bridport Poetry Prize and in the 2018 Hennessy Literary Awards for Emerging Poetry. A sonnet, ‘The Weather-Beaten Scarecrow’, was published in The Irish Times in August, 2021. James, who taught in St Eunan’s College for thirty-three years, holds a doctor of philosophy in living educational theory from the University of Bath, and is now retired and has grown into a deeper commitment to reading and writing poetry since Nov 2014. James and Livinia, along with their four-year-old springer spaniel Daisy, live a few kilometres outside Letterkenny in Co Donegal. A second collection of poems, The Weather-Beaten Scarecrow (Doire Press, 2022), was published with Doire Press in September 2022.

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