Lani O’Hanlon

Lani O’ Hanlon is a dance/movement artist, poet and writer living beside the sea in West Waterford. A highly experienced facilitator she designs and teaches creative writing retreats and workshops with The Molly Keane House, The Arts Office and the Libraries in Waterford City and County, Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools, Waterford Healing Arts and Réalta, the National Body for Arts and Health in Ireland. Lani has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and is a member of the Laban Guild for Dance and Drama.

Her poetry collection Landscape of the Body was published in November 2023 with The Dedalus Press. She is the author of Dancing the Rainbow, Holistic Well-Being through Movement (Mercier Press) The Little Theatre (Poetry) and the editor of the poetry pamphlets; As They Blossomed (Iontas/WHA) and A Flake of My Soul (Iontas/WHA). 

Lani collaborates on award winning poetry films with director Fiona Aryan and performs with Wildsong – poetry readings and music with composer, Fergal O’ Connor 

Winner of the Poetry Ireland Trocaire Award in 2022 and selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2020, she received an Agility Award from The Arts Council in 2022 and a Participatory Project Award in 2023. Other prizes include the Hennessey New Irish Writing, the Dromineer Literary Festival, The Bridport Prize and Poetry on the Lake. 

Lani’s writing is regularly broadcast on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany and featured in various publications and anthologies including: Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry, Poetry Wales, Portland Review, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Southword, Orbis, Channel, 14 and Mslexia. 

And the anthologies; Halleluiah for 50ft Women, edited by Raving Beauties, Bloodaxe (2015); Children of the Nation, edited by Jenny Farrell, Culture Matters (2019); Ten Poems for Breakfast, selected and introduced by Ana Samson, Candlestick Press (2019); Staying Human, edited by Neil Astley, Bloodaxe (2020); Poems from Pandemia, edited by Patrick Cotter, The Munster Literature Centre (2020); Emergence, edited by Shane O’ Hanlon and Paul Finucane, Redbarn Publishing (2020); Local Wonders, edited by Pat Boran, Dedalus Press (2021); Romance Options, edited by Leanne Quinn and Joseph Woods, Dedalus Press (2022); Washing Windows Too, edited by Alan Hayes, Arlen House (2022); Washing Windows III, edited by Alan Hayes, Arlen House (2023).

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