Cristín Leach

Writer, Art Critic, Broadcaster

To the Line (mobile cube poem) 2023

To the Line is a mobile cube poem made in response to the paintings in the Big Crush series by Cork artist Deirdre Frost, exhibited at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August 2023.

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Cristín Leach is an Irish art critic, broadcaster and author of the bestselling memoir Negative Space (Merrion Press, 2022). Her art criticism has appeared in Sunday Times Ireland since 2003, and on RTÉ radio, television, and digital services since 1998. Her collection of historical fiction, poetry, essays and other forms of expanded art writing From Ten Till Dusk (RHA, 2023) was published to mark the 200th anniversary of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts in Dublin.

Her short stories and essays have been published in Winter Papers 3, 5 and 7, The Mersey Review, flash competition anthologies, and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 as part of Keywords series 1 and 2. For RTÉ Lyric FM, she presented the four-part radio documentary series Ireland Portrayed (2020) and co-presented the New York Festivals award-winning series Through the Canvas (2018). A contributing writer for Irish Arts Review, RTÉ Culture, and VAI VAN, she has written monographs and essays for gallery, collection, and artist catalogues since 2016.

She is an occasional guest lecturer and experienced mentor who has worked with artists, writers, and corporate clients since 2013. She is a regular host for panel discussions, festival events, and public interviews, in-person and remote. Her editioned mobile cube poem, To the Line (2023) is part of the OPW Art Collection.

Photo credit: Clare Keogh

Past Events

Maynooth University Visiting Writers Series14 Mar 2024English Department, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
The Water’s Way Doreen Cunningham and Alice Kinsella in conversation with Cristín Leach11 Nov 2023Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 H283, Ireland
From Ten Till Dusk: In Conversation at Dublin Book Festival09 Nov 202315 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
From Ten Till Dusk Book Launch25 Oct 202315 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland
Negative Space: Guest Artist Talk - Lodestar Summer School15 Aug 2023Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
In conversation: with Deirdre Frost at Kilkenny Arts Festival12 Aug 2023Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny Abbey, County Westmeath, Ireland
Coffee & Chat: with Brian Dillon about his book of essays, Affinities, at West Cork Literary Festival13 Jul 2023Bantry House, Kinathfineen, County Cork, Ireland
In conversation: with John Banville about his novel, The Singularities, at West Cork Literary Festival12 Jul 2023The Maritime Hotel, The Quay, Kinathfineen, Bantry, Cork, Ireland
Negative Space: Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts25 Jun 2023Courthouse, Headfort Rd, Maudlin, Kells, County Meath, Ireland
Negative Space: MoLi First Fridays06 Jan 2023MoLi Museum of Literature Ireland
Negative Space: Dingle Literary Festival20 Nov 2022An Diseart, Chapel, Dingle, Kerry, Ireland
Negative Space: Greywood Arts Bookclub18 Oct 2022Greywood Arts, Main Street, Killeagh, County Cork, Ireland
Negative Space: ISLA Literary Festival14 Oct 2022Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, Trinity College Dublin
Negative Space: West Cork Literary Festival10 Jul 2022The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, West Cork, Ireland
Negative Space: Belfast Book Festival12 Jun 2022The Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast
Negative Space Dublin launch26 May 2022The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Ln, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, D08 DK27
Negative Space Cork launch19 May 2022Dubray Books, 83-85 Patrick's Street, Cork, Ireland
  • Dublin, Leinster, Ireland