About Aoife

Aoife Mannix

Aoife Mannix is an Irish writer and poet based in London. Her first novel Heritage of Secrets was published in 2008. She is the author of four collections of poetry; The Trick of Foreign Words (2002), The Elephant in the Corner (2005), Growing Up An Alien (2007) and Turn The Clocks Upside Down (2008). She is currently poet in residence on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live. She has performed throughout the UK including at Latitude, the Big Chill, and Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has toured internationally with the British Council to Nigeria, Turkey, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Norway and Austria. She has also performed in Ireland, Copenhagen and New York.

Her show 'Growing Up An Alien', produced by Apples & Snakes and supported by Arts Council England, premiered at the Southbank Centre's London Literature festival before touring the UK. In 2008, she was also part of the 'Speechless' tour, a British Council and Apples & Snakes commission, which culminated in a sell out show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Poetry International. In 2008, she was commissioned by Phrased & Confused through The Hub and Arts Council England to write and perform 'Different Words for Snow' with musician Janie Armour. This show toured the UK in May 2009 and was released as a CD.

In 2011, she is lead writer in residence for South Kilburn Speaks, a text based art project with the Poetry School and South Kilburn Partnership. In 2010, she was writer in residence for the London Borough of Sutton in association with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sutton Council and Spread the Word. She was writer in residence for the London borough of Camden in association with Spread the Word and Camden Libraries. As part of this, she edited and contributed to the anthology 'Postcards from Leather Lane' as well as an installation at the British Museum.

She was also poet in residence for Eastbury Comprehensive School in 2010. In 2010/11, she is working with Turkish speaking refugee women as part of In Between, a writer's residency with All Change, supported by Arts Council England. This project will culminate in the publication of a book of stories and poems in English and Turkish with photographs by Brazilian photographer Leticia Valvardes.

"An exciting and assured performance poet, Mannix's vivid voice leaps from the page and sings with clarity and elegance, confident and confiding, powerful and yet tentative, soaring with the hope that she 'might yet taste the colour/of something close to grace'; a grace that is manifest in this dazzling and moving collection of finely-honed gems" Poetry Book Society

"A lady who made a big impact was Irish poet Aoife Mannix… she was a clear crowd favourite, with her rendition of My Revolution ended in thunderous applause" Charlotte Riches, BBC Manchester

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