Molly Keane Writers Retreat

Lani's Biography

 Lani O' Hanlon is a dancer and movement therapist, author of Dancing the Rainbow (Mercier Press 2007) She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University- her work has been published in Poetry (Chicago) Poetry Ireland Review, Mslexia, Southword, The Stinging Fly, The Moth, Skylight Poets, Anthologies; Small Lives (Poddle) Halleluiah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe) and read on Sunday Miscellany. Her fiction has been shortlisted for Over the Edge writer of the year, the Dublin Writer's Festival, Date with and Agent 2016 and shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing 2017. 

Lani has worked as an Arts Facilitator/Director Internationally and on the Skyros Programme and as a Creative Writing Facilitator with Waterford City and County Arts Office, Waterford Healing Arts Trust and on the annual Molly Keane Writers' Retreat in Ardmore.


Lani O' Hanlon's 'Going to the well' can be read as a reversal of Heaney's well known poem 'A drink of water' (from his collection Field Work) where the water of the well is plentiful and the reader is asked 'Remember the Giver'. In 'Going to the well' there is no water, a woman offers the protagonists a cup of money. We think, perhaps, of fracking and other pollutants of the water supply, and of the impoverishment of our society by greed. Clear fresh language here avoids polemic, and the poem has a controlled pressure of feeling in it.

Penelope Shuttle