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Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets

SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT. Dedalus Press invites submissions for an anthology of poems by 'new Irish' writers

Reflecting the changing nature of Irish society, Dedalus Press is pleased to announce a call for submissions for WRITING HOME, an anthology of poems by ‘new Irish’ poets, to be edited by Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi and Pat Boran and scheduled for publication by Dedalus Press in Autumn 2019.

Poets from the ‘new Irish communities’, the ‘hyphenated Irish’, the Irish of mixed cultural, linguistic or ethnic origins, all are very warmly invited to submit … We particularly welcome poems (in English or in English translation) that record the changing nature of Irish society and explore some of the differences between as well as the similarities among those who now call Ireland home.

Identity, belonging, ownership, loss, culture and, of course, the complex subject of ‘home’ itself … These are just some of the broad subjects we invite contributors to consider in an anthology that seeks to reassert the importance of poetry in the ongoing discussion about who we are and what we are capable of becoming.

Contributors (who must be over 18 years of age) are invited to send up to 10 pages of poetry for consideration.

Poems may be new and unpublished, or they may be previously published in magazines, journals etc but not in book form. (Poets must not have previously published a book-length collection of their poems in English.)

Submissions for WRITING HOME should be sent as .doc, .docx or .rtf documents only via Submittable, the free online submissions manager (see link below). There is no charge or fee for submissions, and poets selected for publication will receive a payment for their work. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 30 April 2019.


CHIAMAKA ENYI-AMADI is a 21-year-old communications officer and content creator. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. A recent honors graduate of University College Dublin, her work specializes in creative writing, copy writing and editing/proofreading. She has edited and contributed to Otwo magazine for The University Observer (University College Dublin). Her work has been published in various magazines both online and in print. She has performed in festivals, cultural events and workshops around Ireland, and has worked with various arts organisations and publishing agencies. Her writing and videos are “heavily saturated with themes of shifting and marginal identities, cultural diversity, bodily autonomy and self care. She aims to promote women’s rights and dignities, positive mental health and the importance of creative expression.”

PAT BORAN is a poet, broadcaster and editor, born in Portlaoise and long since living in Dublin with an Italian wife and two Irish-Italian sons. The recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989, he has published seven collections of poetry, most recently A Man is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017), and Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016); his latest collection, Then Again, was published in March 2019. Editions of his poetry have been translated into many languages. His non-fiction includes the popular writers’ handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop and the humorous memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, he has edited numerous anthologies, and has been editor at Dedalus Press since 2005. The recipient of the 2008 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award in the US, he is  a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s affiliation of creative artists.


Submittable is an online system (entirely free for those submitting) which greatly simplifies the process for both contributors and editors. It allows contributors to send their poems for consideration without incurring postage or other costs. And it allows editors and publishers to more easily manage what can be a complex and time-consuming task. To submit poems for consideration to WRITING HOME’, prospective contributors should click on the button below and follow the instructions. (They will be asked to complete a short form, to add a biographical / background note (in case of being selected for publication) and then to upload their poetry submission in .doc, .docx or .rtf format.

Reading of submissions will take place over the following months with poets selected for inclusion in the anthology being contacted by 01 June and invited to review their submissions and biographical notes before publication. Selected poets will receive a fee for their work as well as a copy of the anthology, and Dedalus Press will organise launch and reading events at which contributors will be invited to participate. We see this anthology as an opportunity not just to recognise but to celebrate the extraordinary vitality and energy of poetry on this island, wherever its origins.

NB When smaking a submission on the Dedalus press Submittable Page, be sure to choose WRITING HOME if there is more than one category or project currently open for submissions. Thank you for your interest. (Please feel free to spread the word about this exciting anthology project.) We very much look forward to reading your submissions. Good luck!

The cover image of WRITING HOME is by Anna Hryniewicz, a Polish-born abstract painter based in Dublin. For more info and galleries, see

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The Deep Heart’s Core

In our new anthology, The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem, some 100 poets accept the invitation to revisit a favourite, key or touchstone poem of their own, and offer a short commentary on same — as they might at a live event.

The result is an illuminating, thought-provoking and wholly engaging volume, a unique anthology as selected by the poets themselves, and a rare glimpse into the thinking, feeling and craft behind the finished poems.

The Deep Heart’s Core is both an ideal introduction to contemporary Irish poetry for the general reader and a handbook for the aspiring practitioner or student.

The Deep Heart’s Core is edited by Pat Boran and Eugene O’Connell and features a foreword by Bernard O’Donoghue.

For further information click here.


Graham Allen: ‘Military Hill’ – Tara Bergin: ‘This Is Yarrow’ – 
Eavan Boland: ‘That The Science Of Cartography Is Limited’ – Dermot Bolger: ‘While We Sleep’ – Pat Boran: ‘Waving’ – Eva Bourke: ‘Evening Near Letterfrack’ – Heather Brett: ‘Bankrupt’ – Paddy Bushe: ‘After Love’ – Rosemary Canavan: ‘Crab Apples’ – Moya Cannon: ‘Chauvet’ – Ciaran Carson: ‘Turn Again’ – Paul Casey: ‘Exile’ – Philip Casey: ‘Hamburg Woman’s Song’ – Sarah Clancy: ‘Homecoming Queen’ – Michael Coady: ‘Assembling The Parts’ – Enda Coyle-Greene: ‘Metathesis’ – Tony Curtis: ‘Bench’ – Pádraig J. Daly: ‘Complaint’ – Kathy D’Arcy: ‘Probable Misuse Of Shamanism’ – Michael Davitt: ‘Déirc’ / ‘Alms’ – Gerald Dawe: ‘The Water Table’ – John F. Deane: ‘The Poem of the Goldfinch’ – Mary Dorcey: ‘Trying on for Size’ – Theo Dorgan: ‘On a Day Far From Now’ – Cal Doyle: ‘Sirens’ – Martina Evans: ‘The Day My Cat Spoke to Me’ – 
John FitzGerald: ‘The Collectors’ – Gabriel Fitzmaurice: ‘Dad’ – Anne-Marie Fyfe: ‘The Red Aeroplane’ – Matthew Geden: ‘Photosynthesis’ – Rody Gorman: ‘Imirce’ / ‘Bodytransfermigration’ – Mark Granier: ‘Grip Stick’ – Vona Groarke: from ‘Or to Come’ – Kerry Hardie: ‘Life Gone Away is Called Death’ – Maurice Harmon: from ‘The Doll with Two Backs’ – James Harpur: ‘The White Silhouette’ – Michael Hartnett: ‘That Actor Kiss’ – Eleanor Hooker: ‘Nightmare’ – Breda Joy: ‘November Morning’ – Brendan Kennelly: from ‘Antigone’ – Patrick Kehoe: ‘The Nearness of Blue’ – Helen Kidd: ‘Sunspill’ – Noel King: ‘Black and Tan’ – Thomas Kinsella: ‘Marcus Aurelius’ – Jessie Lendennie: ‘Quay Street, Galway’ – John Liddy: ‘Scarecrow’ – Alice Lyons: ‘Arab Map of the World With the South at the Top’ – Aifric MacAodha: ‘Gabháil Syrinx’ / ‘The Taking of Syrinx’ – Jennifer Matthews: ‘Work Out’ – John McAuliffe: ‘Today’s Imperative’ – Joan McBreen: ‘My Father’ – Thomas McCarthy: ‘The Garden of Sempervirens’ – Philip McDonagh: ‘Water is Best’ – Afric McGlinchey: ‘Do not lie to a lover’ – Iggy McGovern: ‘Knight Errant’ – Medbh McGuckian: ‘Aunts’ – John Mee: ‘Travel Light’ – Paula Meehan: ‘The Moons’ – John Moriarty: ‘Faust’ – Aidan Murphy: ‘Touching Parallels’ – Gerry Murphy: ‘Poem in One Breath’ – Madelaine Nerson Mac Namara: ‘Atlas’ – Caitríona Ní Chléirchín: ‘Feiliceán bán’ / ‘White butterfly’ – Nuala Ní Chonchúir: ‘Tatú’ / ‘Tattoo’ – Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: ‘The Copious Dark’ – Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh: ‘Deireadh na Feide’ / ‘Last Blast’ – Áine Ní Ghlinn: ‘Tú Féin is Mé Féin’ / ‘Yourself and Myself’ – Doireann Ní Ghríofa: ‘From Richmond Hill’ – Mary Noonan: ‘The Moths’ – Julie O’Callaghan: from ‘Edible Anecdotes’ – Eugene O’Connell: ‘Doubting Thomas’ – John O’Donnell: ‘The Shipping Forecast’ – Mary O’Donnell: ‘The World is Mine’ – Bernard O’Donoghue: ‘The Iron Age Boat at Caumatruish’ – 
Liz O’Donoghue: ‘Suspended Animation’ – 
Mary O’Donoghue: ‘My Daughter in Winter Costume’ – Sheila O’Hagan: ‘September the Fourth’ – Nessa O’Mahony: ‘Lament for a Shy Man’ – Mary O’Malley: ‘The Gulls at Fastnet’ – Leanne O’Sullivan: ‘The Station Mass’ – Karl Parkinson: ‘A Love Letter to Reinaldo Arenas’ – Paul Perry: ‘In the Spring of My Forty-First Year’ – Billy Ramsell: ‘Complicated Pleasures’ – Gerard Reidy: ‘Slievemore Deserted Village’ – Maurice Riordan: ‘Badb’ – Mark Roper: ‘Firelight’ – Gabriel Rosenstock: ‘Ophelia an Phiarsaigh’ / ‘Pearse’s Ophelia’ – Colm Scully: ‘What News, Centurions?’ – John W. Sexton: ‘Sixfaces and the Woman of Nothing’ – Eileen Sheehan: ‘My Father Long Dead’ – Peter Sirr: ‘After a Day in the History of the City’ – Gerard Smyth: ‘Taken’ – Matthew Sweeney: ‘I Don’t Want to Get Old’ – Richard Tillinghast: ‘And And And’ –  Jessica Traynor: ‘Scene from a Poor Town’ – John Wakeman: ‘The Head of Orpheus’ – Eamonn Wall: ‘Four Stern Faces/South Dakota’ – William Wall: ‘Alter Ego Quasimodo’ – Grace Wells: ‘Pioneer’ – Sandra Ann Winters: ‘Death of Alaska’ – Joseph Woods: ‘Sailing to Hokkaido’ – Macdara Woods: ‘Fire and Snow and Carnevale’ – Vincent Woods: ‘Homeric Laughter’ – Enda Wyley: ‘Magpie’.