By Jessica Traynor

Liffey Swim

Debut collection of poems by Dubliner Jessica Traynor, much of it set in her native city.


Liffey Swim is the debut collection of poems from Dubliner Jessica Traynor, in which family portraits and local history combine with mythological musings to create a strikingly assured and engaging suite of poems. Delivered in a language that is at once fresh and confident, these poems have already earned her a number of awards and honours and marked her out as a distinctive new talent in Irish writing.

“Her finely lyrical work is informed by wide travel, a meditative intelligence and an acute sense of history, in which Dublin and its three rivers become a living metaphor for the truths and felicities of one woman’s life.” — Harry Clifton

‘Fresh, erudite and engaging.’ – Cordite

Hear Jessica Traynor interviewed by Sean Rocks and reading from Liffey Swim, on Arena (RTÉ Radio 1) here.

A small selection of poems translated into Italian by Chiara De Luca here.

ISBN 978 1 906614 97 3 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 76 pp
Sept. 2014

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614973
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 76 pp
  • Published: : September 2014

About The Author


Jessica Traynor was born in Dublin in 1984. Her poems have been published widely, with two collections published by Dedalus Press, Liffey Swim (2014),  shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award, and The Quick (2018). She won the Listowel Poetry Prize in 2011, was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013, and in 2014 was the recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. She has been commissioned by the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland, and the Salvage Press. She has worked as Literary Manager for the Abbey Theatre and as Deputy Museum Director at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.