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Afric McGlinchey



Afric McGlinchey was born in Ireland. She grew up in Southern Africa, and received degrees from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, where she was tutored by the Nobel prize-winner, JM Coetzee. She has also lived in London, Paris, Dublin and Spain. Afric now lives in Kinsale, Co Cork.

She returned to Ireland in 1999 and currently lives in West Cork. The 2010 winner of the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, Afric has worked as a freelance journalist, newspaper sub-editor, book editor and copywriter. These days, she writes poems, edits manuscripts, reviews books and has written a novel, as well as four works of non-fiction.

Her poems have been published in a number of journals, including Acumen, Magma, Poetry Ireland Review, Wordlegs, Southword, Revival,  Tears in the Fence, The  Sunday Tribune, Scottish Poetry Review, Crannóg andThe SHOp. She was also a prizewinner, longlisted and shortlisted for several competitions. She writes fiction and poetry reviews, edits manuscripts for The Writers’ Consultancy, and is a poetry tutor.

Afric's début collection is 'The Lucky Star of Hidden Things'.

Afric has written two gift books, called 'Advice to a Daughter' and 'Advice to a Son', which, although self-published, are already on their third reprint. Her children's friends and even strangers in the street have commented that the advice is pretty useful. Mostly, though, her passion is poetry.


'Afric McGlinchey writes brave and erotically charged poems. Her words mine the pain of love and capture an early exile in Africa with an acute and affecting music. Her poetry seduces and enthrals.' - Paul Perry

'Afric McGlinchey is an exciting and innovative Irish poet. Her often exotic structures and narratives are distinctive in their imagery and symbol, partly due to her experience of living in Africa and her deeply evocative sensitivity to that landscape.' - Leanne O’Sullivan

'Afric McGlinchey belongs to an endangered species: she sees the world through the eyes of her soul.' - Paul Durcan













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