Ruth O’Callaghan will launch her 9th collection of poetry, Wringing Blood (2018) at the Festival and also read from Mapping the Light (2018). Translated into six languages, she is invited to read throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S.A., - where she successfully completed a T.V /reading tour - and was awarded a gold medal for poetry at the XXX World Congress of Poets in Taiwan.
The Arts Council (London) sponsored her visit to Mongolia to collaborate with women poets and this resulted in a book and a C.D. She holds the prestigious Hawthornden Fellowship and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
As reviewer and interviewer, she has interviewed some of the most eminent women poets throughout the world - these have been compiled into a book, Without Skin, “a very important contribution to world literary history.” (Professor Brant, King’s College, London.)
As mentor and workshop leader both in the U.K and abroad, Ruth works with experienced poets to enable them to approach their poetry with a new perspective and with novice poets to achieve that all-important first collection.
An international competition adjudicator and editor, she has also been a judge for the Koestler whose awards encourage prisoners to participate in the Arts. She hosts two poetry venues in London - the revenue from these events support three Cold Weather Shelters. She is also the poet for Strandlines, a community, multi-disciplinary project run under the auspices of Kings College, University of London.