ink-stained wings

It worries me when visitors come to call,

I fear what they would see,

a mouth sprouting

ink-stained wings.

Róisín Leggett Bohan

Róisín wakes at five and plays with words while the house sleeps. She is a writer of poetry and prose. She was the winner of flash fiction with Southword #42, the winner for creative non-fiction with Atlantic Currents II, and was a runner-up in the Martín Crawford Short Story Award and From the Well Short Story Competition 2022. She was placed third (out of 3,400 entries) in Magma’s Editors’ Prize for Poetry in 2023 and has been commended/shortlisted for awards including the Allingham, Cúirt, Hammond House, and MLC Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition. Róisín was chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series 2022, is the co-creator/co-editor of HOWL New Irish Writing, and holds an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing from University College Cork 2021. She is also a recipient of an Arts Council Agility Award, a Cork City Artist Bursary, and a Poetry Mentorship with Munster Literature Centre. Her work often explores the theme of loss and the courage that lies within vulnerability. Her background in film and experiences as a nurse help frame her writing practice. When she is not writing she might be seen holding a dog lead, a paintbrush, or a fine cup of coffee.