about

Jane Robinson‘s ‘Journey to the Sleeping Whale’ (Salmon, 2018) received the Shine-Strong Award for Ireland’s best début poetry collection of the year. Her poems have also won the Strokestown International Poetry Award, 2014; the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize, 2015; second for Patrick Kavanagh Award, 2015; and runner-up for the 2019 Gingko Ecopoetry Award. An Irish poet based in Dublin, Jane has a B.A. from Trinity College Dublin, a Ph.D in Biology from the California Institute of Technology, and worked as a Research Professor at the University of Arizona for ten years before returning home to Ireland. Her recorded readings have been broadcast on RTÉ’s Lyric FM, the Poetry Jukebox, and on the RTÉ Poetry Programme where she was interviewed by Olivia O’Leary.  She was the Irish Writers Centre’s 2019 Writer in Residence in Norway as well as 2019 Poet in Residence at the Archive of the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. Recent and forthcoming projects include: a poetry masterclass ‘Outdoor Acts of Rescue’ commissioned by Skylight 47; a study of Donegal poet Madge Herron; and collaboration on a poem cycle ‘For the Atoll’ set to music.