I’m a writer, dramaturg and creative writing teacher based in Dublin. My debut collection Liffey Swim is now available to buy from Dedalus Press.


In 2016, I was commissioned by the Salvage Press to write a series of poems in response to Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal and by the Irish Writers Centre and the Arts Council to write a poem on Dr. Kathleen Lynn for the Easter Rising commemorations. You can watch a video of the poem here.

Poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in The Irish Times, Acumen, Rochford Street Review Prelude (US), The Café Review (US) Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe) If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press) Agenda (UK), Poetry Ireland Review, One (US), Windharp (Penguin), The Stony Thursday Book, Abridged, The Penny Dreadful, The Pickled BodyThe Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. Poems have been broadcast on RTÉ’s Poetry Programme, Arena and Sunday Miscellany.

My poetry has been translated into Czech, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish and was projected in Krakow, Prague and Dunedin in 2014/5 as part of the Unesco City of Literature Programme.


I was runner up in the 2015 Troubadour International Poetry Prize and Liffey Swim  was nominated for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award for first collections. I was recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014, was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013 and won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize. I was the 2010 recipient of a Dublin City Council Literature Bursary and in 2009, was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series.

Dramaturgy and Creative Writing Courses

I teach poetry, playwriting and creative writing courses with the Irish Writers Centre and Big Smoke Writing Factory, and have worked as Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre, where I commissioned and developed new work by established and emerging playwrights for both stages. I’m currently working as a freelance dramaturg on a number of projects in Irish Theatre.



11 thoughts on “About

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  2. Hi Jessica
    Could you let us know when your next play writing class will be starting, is there anything on over the summer?

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  4. Hi Jessica
    I was wondering about your creative writing course in the irish writer center.
    I am interested but it more for the social and relaxing atmosphere.
    I am unsure if I am suited to the course. Do you have to do home work and read in front of others. I thinking a meditation thing as mindfulness. Not able for to much stress.
    Best wishes

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