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Dr Caitríona O'Reilly



Caitriona OReilly photoLecturer in Creative Writing 

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King's College London
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I received a PhD in poetry from Trinity College, Dublin in 2002

My three collections of poetry are published by Bloodaxe Books and Wake Forest University Press:

The Nowhere Birds (2001) shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; winner of the 2002 Rooney Prize in Irish Literature

The Sea Cabinet (2005) Poetry Book Society Recommendation; shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Prize

Geis (2015) Poetry Book Society Recommendation; shortlisted for the Piggot Prize; winner of the 2016 Irish Times Poetry Now Prize

In 2002-2003 I held the Harper Wood Studentship in English Literature from St John’s College, Cambridge.

I have been a recipient of major Arts Council Bursaries in 1999, 2004 and 2013.

My poetry has been translated into several languages, including Russian, Greek, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, French and Slovene.

I am a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and have been an editorial board member of Metre Magazine and Poetry Salzburg.

I am a widely published poetry critic and write a regular poetry column for The Irish Times.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • American Modernist poetry: Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, H.D., Sylvia Plath
  • Contemporary Irish and British poetry
  • Ecocriticism 
Selected publications
  • The Nowhere Birds, Bloodaxe Books, 2001
  • The Sea Cabinet, Bloodaxe Books, 2006
  • Geis, Bloodaxe Books, Wake Forest University Press, 2015
‘In Wildness is the Preservation of the World’: Thoreau’s ‘Walking’ and Some Perspectives on Poetry and Wilderness’ in Joanna Kruczkowska (ed.) Landscapes of Irish and Greek Poets (Peter Lang, 2018)

Writing Poetry

Expertise and public engagement

I have read from my work at numerous venues including: Trinity College Dublin; University College, Galway; Queens University, Belfast; Newcastle University; York University; Lancaster University; Dundee University;  Keele University;  Sheffield University;  Georgetown University, Washington; The 92nd Street Y, NYC; The Poetry Foundation, Chicago; Wake Forest University; Baylor University; The University of California at Berkeley; The British School at Athens;  Nantes University; The Sorbonne;  The Vladimir Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg.

I have served on several peer review panels for the Irish Arts Council.

I have served as a jury member for several poetry prizes, including the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize and the dlr Shine Strong Poetry Award.






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