Judy O'Kane | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
Judy is an Irish writer based in London Bridge. She trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School where she first became alive to the importance of terroir, wine’s sense of place or ‘placeness’, or as Mrs. Allen wrote, that field always made good butter. Judy’s writing explores that sense of place.
Judy’s work has been published in The World of Fine Wine (UK), Alquimie (Australia) and The Irish Times. She won the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem Prize in 2015 (inspired by a wine trip to Napa) and her poetry has been published in Landfall (New Zealand). Thirst, her non-fiction work-in-progress, was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Award in London in 2016 for best proposal for an uncommissioned first biography. The judges described the work as ‘a quest in many registers, and a celebration of the mystery of wine. Written with verve and insight, it’s a very modern form of memoir, and one that leads its readers into many different worlds along the way.’
Years at Litfest: 2017
Type: regular


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