Irish Book Awards






Salt Rain by Audrey Molloy

Audrey Molloy is an emerging Irish poet based in Sydney. She was born in Dublin and grew up in the coastal village of Blackwater, Co. Wexford. Audrey’s poetry has been widely published, most recently in The North, Mslexia, Magma, The Moth, The Irish Times and The Tangerine. In 2019 she received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and was runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.  She likes dark chocolate; kitchen-table chats late at night, and gets nervous if she strays too far from the sea.




Dear Sean by Paul McMahon

From Belfast, Paul McMahon lives in Clonakilty, Cork. He was awarded The Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize by Carol Ann Duffy. Other poetry awards include 1st prize in The Moth International Poetry Prize, The Nottingham Open Poetry Prize, The Westival International Poetry Prize, The Golden Pen Poetry Prize, 2nd prize in The Basil Bunting Poetry Prize, 2nd prize in The Salt International Poetry Prize, and bursary awards for poetry from The Arts Councils of Ireland and N. Ireland.

Twice nominated for the forward prize, his poetry has appeared in The Poetry Review, The North, The Threepenny Review, The Atlanta Review, The Irish Times, Southword, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018, and others. His debut poetry chapbook, Bourdon, is published by Southword Editions.


The Kerchief by Christine Broe

Christine Broe, sculptor and poet, is from the Liberties of Dublin. Married with seven children, with seven grandchildren now scattered around the globe. Christine was formally an Art Teacher and Art Therapist. Since her retirement she has been able to devote more time to her own art practice and exhibits at People’s Art on St. Stephen’s Green.  She has been a member of Rathmines Writers’ Workshop since 1994. She has two collections with Swan Press, Solas Sólás (2003), and Lifting Light (2015) and was the winner of inaugural Brendan Kennelly / Sunday Tribune Award (2001), the Cite of Olbia Award (2002), and this year’s Trocaire / Poetry Ireland Competition ‘Land is Life’ In 2016 collaboration with the Bealtaine Festival and IFI, a documentary about her poetry and bog sculpture went on to win the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for cultural short film. Her website is 


Pine Box in the Flea Market by Dean Browne

Dean Browne’s poems have appeared in anthologies and journals including Banshee, The Penny Dreadful, Poetry, Southword, and The Tangerine. He was the featured poet in the summer 2019 issue of The Stinging Fly, where ‘A Pine Box in the Flea Market’ first appeared. He is a poetry editor for The Well Review. He lived in Cork City for many years and now travels.



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