RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence
Emily S Cooper
Summer 2021

Emily Cooper is a poet and writer whose work has been published in the Stinging Fly, Banshee, Hotel, Poetry Ireland Review and Bath Magg, among others. She has been granted residencies and funding by the Arts Councils of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Irish Writers Centre, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, Greywood Arts and Donegal County Council.

Emily will release her debut title ‘Glass’ through Makina Book on the 26th August, 2021. Cooper’s poetics masterfully create a compelling space that deliberately excludes wide views—instead bringing her pen up close to a dilapidated house in a small rural town with its own personality. The traces and presence of those who have existed in those spaces—real and imagined—become interdependent in the narrative.

Pre-order ‘Glass’ here: https://makinabooks.com/product/glass/




As part of Emily’s Virtual Residency she will present a series of conversations with current and recent collaborators in an attempt to replicate some of the conversations that informally take place before and after physical literary events.


Thursday 17th June, 8pm
Robin Christian, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal and Patrick Fisher

A discussion about Makina Books with its publisher, designer and Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal whose book The Yak Dilemma has just been published. Emily Cooper’s book Glass will be published by Makina on the 27th May.


Thursday 24th June, 8pm
Jo Burns

A discussion about The Conversation, a collaborative poetry collection written by Burns and Cooper about three of the muses/lovers of Picasso: Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar and Françoise Gilot.


Thursday 1st July, 8pm
James Conor Patterson and Jess McKinney

A discussion on The New Frontier, an anthology of writing from and about the border, edited by James Conor Patterson and including work by Emily Cooper and Donegal poet, Jess McKinney.


Conversations will be hosted on RCC Facebook and YouTube channels.