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A blow-back after growing up in Africa, Afric McGlinchey identifies as both Irish and Zimbabwean. Her début collection, The lucky star of hidden things (Salmon Poetry, 2012), was translated into Italian and published by lArcolaio. Her work has appeared in Ireland, Britain, Europe, North and South America, Canada, Africa and India and has been translated into five languages. The winner of the 40th Hennessy poetry award, among other prizes, she was one of seven writers selected to go to Italy for an Italo-Irish Literature Exchange in 2014. Her work has been used in the Irish Leaving Certificate, she has judged several competitions and has been on the programme of numerous festivals, including the Cork International Poetry Festival, Benedict Kiely Weekend (Northern Ireland), West Cork Literary Festival, Mindfield ((Dublin), Troubadour (London), Paris Live, the Harare International Arts Festival (Zimbabwe) and Poetry Africa (Durban, South Africa). Afric appeared as one of Irelands Rising Poets in issue 118 of Poetry Ireland Review and was awarded a Cork County Council Arts bursary to work toward her second collection, Ghost of the Fisher Cat, which was nominated for the 2016 Forward prize.