Afric McGlinchey was born in Galway, Ireland, but moved frequently throughout her life, growing up in Zambia, Limerick, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and living briefly in London, Paris and Spain before returning to Ireland in 1999. In 2010 she received the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award. That same year she was awarded a fellowship by the Faber Academy, to complete an advanced six-month poetry course in Dublin. In 2012 Afric received a Pushcart nomination and won the USA Northern Liberties prize (Editors’ Choice). She won the Poets Meet Politics prize in 2015 (and a second poem was commended). One of her poems was nominated for a Forward prize and another was published in the Leaving Certificate Examinations Book.
Afric has been a finalist in several poetry competitions, including the Magma International Poetry Competition, the Bridport, the Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Competition (twice), the Westport Poetry Competition, the Dromineer Poetry competition, the North West Words Poetry Prize, the Poets Meet Painters Competition (three times), the Joy of Sex, O’Bhéal poetry competition (twice) the Trocaire poetry competition and longlisted in the National Poetry competition. She was also runner-up in the Sabotage Reviewer of the Year award in 2014.
In 2013 she was selected as one of seven writers to represent Ireland in the Italo-Irish literature exchange. She was awarded a Cork County Council Arts Bursary in 2015 and was poet in residence at the Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. In 2012, Salmon Poetry published her début, The Lucky Star of Hidden Things, which evokes her experiences of growing up in Africa. Her second collection, Ghost of the Fisher Cat, based on a Parisian urban myth, was launched at the 2016 Cork International Poetry Festival. Afric has been selected for a special 2016 issue on Rising poets by Poetry Ireland Review. She is a freelance book editor and reviewer, and facilitates poetry and creative writing workshops throughout Cork and online. www.africmcglinchey.com