Roisin Kelly is a writer from Ireland. Her first chapbook of poetry, Rapture, was published by Southword Editions in 2016 and is available to buy at the price of €5 (€7 for international orders) from the Munster Literature Centre’s online bookstore.

She is the winner of the Fish Poetry Prize 2017.

You can read some poems from Rapture here


‘fresh, sensuous, and direct’ —The Irish Times

‘This brief collection shows remarkable emotional range. Kelly leaves the reader afloat on a tide of colour’ —The PN Review

‘fierce and mysterious, beautiful and compelling’ —Leanne O’Sullivan

‘an Irish poet of breathtaking sound and lyricism’ —The Atticus Review

‘Love and violence collide in this poem.  The way the writer interleaves terror and passion makes for a remarkable, tender and terrifying work’ —Jo Shapcott, judging the Fish Poetry Prize 2017






Roisin Kelly is an Irish poet who was born in Belfast and raised in Leitrim. After a year as a handweaver on a remote island in Mayo and a Masters in Writing at National University of Ireland, Galway, she now calls Cork City home.

Publications in which her work has appeared include POETRY, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, Lighthouse, and Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear 2016).

In 2016 she was featured poet in The Stinging Fly‘s summer issue, featured poet in The Atticus Review, and her work was published in The Irish Times after it was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award.

That year she also read at the Dublin International Literature Festival and at Listowel Writers’ Week, and saw her work published as part of the Dangerous Women Project in association with the University of Edinburgh.

Roisin’s first chapbook, Rapture, was published by Southword Editions in November 2016. The short collection was described by poet Leanne O’Sullivan as ‘fierce and mysterious, beautiful and compelling’ and by The Irish Times as ‘fresh, sensuous and direct.’

In 2017 she was awarded the Fish Poetry Prize, was second place winner of The London Magazine Poetry Prize, and was a runner-up for the Patrick Kavanagh Award.

Recently she was a guest reader at the International Istanbul Poetry and Literature Festival, and more work is forthcoming in Winter Papers Volume 3.

Roisin is currently assistant editor of Irish literary journal The Penny Dreadful.



Photo credit: Peter Kelly