Awards

Bursaries and Residencies

2020 – Professional Development Bursary from DLR Arts Office and Creative Ireland to collaborate with composer musician Malachy Robinson on writing a new poem sequence for future performance as a music drama.

September 2019 – Residency at Bergen, Norway – as the Irish Writers Centre Norwegian-Irish Exchange Writer

May/June 2019 – Poet-in-Residence at The Archive, National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS) Bangalore, India

Poetry Awards and Commendations 

2019 – Shine Strong Award, best début poetry collection – first place

The judge, Leontia Flynn, said: “This is a collection of poems which comes at its ecological subject awry, never obviously, and there is humour as well as precision in the journeys these poems make and the subjects to which they attend… Attentiveness to the precariousness of the natural world is matched, then, in Journey to the Sleeping Whale, by an equal attentiveness to language itself.”

2019 – Gingko Ecopoetry Prize – runner-up

2016 – Oxford Brookes Poetry Competition – shortlisted

2015 – Red Line Book Festival Poetry Award – first place

2015 – Patrick Kavanagh Award – second place

2015 – Four Corners College Oxford Poetry Competition – commended for two poems

2015 – The Bridport Prize – shortlisted

2015 – Pacuare Poetry Competition in support of Pacuare Nature Reserve – commended

2014 – Strokestown International Poetry Competition – first prize

2014 – Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition – special commendation

2011 – The Bridport Prize – shortlisted

2011 – UCD Anthology Poetry Contest – shortlisted

2010 – Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize – commended