|Rebecca O’Connor’s poetry collection We’ll Sing Blackbird was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award. Her poem ‘The Lakes’ was highly commended at the 2013 Forward Prizes. She is the recipient of a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize (Poetry Review) and a New Writing Ventures Poetry Award,and her work has been published in the Guardian, Poetry Ireland and The Spectator. She lives in rural Ireland, where she and her husband run The Moth magazine (offshoots of which include The Caterpillar, The Moth Retreat, the Moth Art Prize, the Moth Short Story Prize and the €10k Moth Poetry Prize).
‘Artful and wry, these fresh poems surprise by making a big picture out of miniatures ... O’Connor has an eye for what Elizabeth Bishop called the “always-more-successful surrealism of everyday life”’ The Irish Times
‘A delicate, polished gem ... The poet’s voice is nimble, light, assured.’ Doireann Ni Ghriofa, The Stinging Fly
‘I have been impressed and charmed in equal measure by We’ll Sing Blackbird. Quite beautiful.’ Scott Pack
Read The Lakes, highly commended by the 2013 Forward Prizes for Poetry
Watch a video of her poem Dear Taxidermist, filmed by Finn Keenan, here.
Click here to read some of her poems on poethead.