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. Her poems have 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.