Ailbhe Darcy was born in Dublin in 1981 and brought up there. She studied for her PhD and MFA at the University of Notre Dame in the US, and taught there and at the University of Münster in Germany. She is now a lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University. She has published her poetry in Ireland, Britain and the US. Selections of her work are included in the Bloodaxe anthologies Identity Parade and Voice Recognition, and in her pamphlet A Fictional Dress (tall-lighthouse, 2009). Imaginary Menagerie (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), her first book-length collection, was shortlisted for Ireland's dlr Strong Award at Poetry Now / Mountains to Sea. A collaboration with S.J. Fowler, Subcritical Texts, was published by Gorse in 2017. Her second collection, Insistence, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018, won the Pigott Poetry Prize 2019 in association with Listowel Writers' Week. It was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2018 and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2019, and is on the shortlist for the and the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year Awards).
Author photo: John Harvey
Books by Ailbhe Darcy