Roisin Kelly is a poet from Ireland. Her first poetry chapbook, 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

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’ —Alison Brackenbury

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



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.

Her poetry has appeared in POETRY, The Stinging Fly, Lighthouse, HeadStuff, BlunderbussThe Dark HorseThe Baltimore Review, Bare Fiction, Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear 2016) and as part of the Dangerous Women Project in association with the University of Edinburgh.

In 2016 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, as part of which she read at the Dublin International Literature Festival. That year 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.

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

She is currently Assistant Editor of Irish literary journal The Penny Dreadful.

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