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Roisin Kelly is a writer from Ireland. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Mercy, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in March 2020. Screen Shot 2019-06-06 at 13.10.06

In 2016 her first chapbook, Rapture,was published by Southword Editions and is available to buy at the price of €5 (€7 for international orders) from the Munster Literature Centre’s online bookstore.

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She was the winner of the Fish Poetry Prize 2017.

You can read some poems from Rapture here







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‘one of the greatest collections of poetry that the Irish literary canon has to offer’ —Los Angeles Review of Books

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

‘Unafraid of sentiment…a master of endings’ —Poetry Ireland Review

‘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 writer who was born in west Belfast and raised in the rural county of Leitrim, just south of the border with Northern Ireland. 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 first chapbook, Rapture, was published by Southword Editions in November 2016. The short collection was described by the Los Angeles Review of Books as one of the ‘greatest collections of poetry that the Irish literary canon has to offer’ and by The Irish Times as ‘fresh, sensuous and direct.’

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

Publications in which her work has appeared include POETRYMagma, Ambit, Poetry Ireland Review, Winter Papers Volume 3, Lighthouse, The Mascara Literary Review, Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear 2016), and The Irish Times after she was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award.

She has been featured poet in The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, and The Atticus Review, and has been published as part of the Dangerous Women Project in association with the University of Edinburgh.

Her first full poetry collection, Mercy, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in March 2020.

She is currently working on a novel with the working title All Along the Watchtower.

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