Saothair & Gradaim ~ Works & Awards

A Ghost in the Throat

 ‘An enchantment, a shimmering, beautiful and moving book’ - Joseph O’Connor

An exploration of how a life can find itself altered in response to the discovery of another’s art.


A selection of poems translated to Japanese for JUNPA 天橋


Elected to Aosdána. 


'Paidir'/'Prayer' - a new poem commissioned by Cillian Murphy for Port Magazine

‘Split/End’ – a new poem commissioned to accompany Alice Maher and Aideen Barry’s joint exhibition ‘Fair is Foul, Foul is Fair’ in Washington D.C.


Appointed as a National Ambassador for Culture Night 2019 by Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan

'A Sunken Gallery' ~ a collaborative performance with composer Linda Buckley at the Glucksman Gallery, supported by the Midsummer Festival. Profiled by The Sunday Times here
'The Left Unsaid' - a new film-poem commissioned by The Embassy of Ireland in Britain and The Department of Foreign Affairs
Best Irish Short Film at International Dublin Film Festival - 'Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect my Brain' - based on a poem of mine, directed by Oonagh Kearney 

A new poem, 'from the Book of Showers' in the winter issue of The Stinging Fly

A selection of poems translated to German for the European anthology ‘Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Young Poetry of Europe’ edited by Jan Wagner and Federico Italiano. Another selection translated to Greek (Vakxikon Publishing, 2019)





Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry (USA, 2018)


Seamus Heaney Fellowship, Queen's University


Ostana Literary Prize (Italy) 2018

RTE's 25 People Defining Irish Culture

'Milk'  - The Dublin Review Issue 70 -  Spring 2018 

'The Dissection Room' Issue 73 - Winter 2018



'Brightening' - a new poem in The Irish Times

 Craquelure (Poem) - The Poetry Review (Britain) - Spring 2018 issue- read online here


A solo exhibition of film-poems at Illuminations Art Gallery, Maynooth University (April-May 2018) Preview here

Midsummer Festival Artist-in-Residence 2018-2019. More here

Poem commissioned by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for an exhibition by visual artist Otobong Nkanga

Subsequently appointed to the role of 2018 Commissioned Writer-in-Residence at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Sample essay here

Lies by Doireann Ní Ghriofa

'Lies' - a bilingual volume drawing on a decade of poems in translation. Available to purchase here




'Nine Silences' - A sequence of new poems produced in collaboration with visual artist Alice Maher and Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press. More here

Available to purchase here

An essay on public art featured in Paper Visual Art Volume 9

A new poem 'Maude, Enthralled' features in Winter Papers Volume 4

Seán Hewitt reviews the volume in The Irish Times  here

Winter Papers Special on Arena, RTÉ Radio 1 - listen here



Mandible (essay) - Gorse Issue 9 - A collision of history, motherhood, folklore and famine

A cross-disciplinary collaboration with composer Linda Buckley and designer Ian Maleney brought Mandible to life online. Best viewed on a laptop/PC. Watch it here.


Crashlands - Summer 2017 - Collaborative Project with Crash Ensemble

Cross-disciplinary collaboration involving a commission of 10 new poems and a national tour. Further information here. Recipient of funding from The Arts Council (Making Great Art Work Scheme)

  • Cnuasach úr filíochta      ~~        A new collection of Irish language poetry

“Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a poet to watch, with a fresh view of the world: apparently ordinary houses, shops, common objects and activities.  The sureness of her touch and the skill with which she handles language and shapes her poems are almost invisible, but it is through them that she achieves the feat of making us look again at the usual and illuminates its pulsating strangeness.” - Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Ireland Professor of Poetry


'On Gesture, A Broken Genealogy in 9 Movements' (Essay) - The Stinging Fly - An essay in fragments on the inheritance of gesture, famine, language rupture, schizophrenia, and historical trauma. 


A celebration of the relationship between Irish and Choctaw peoples during the Irish famine of 1847, this collaborative, trilingual pamphlet was written in tandem with Choctaw poet LeAnne Howe. More information on the background to this project at The Irish Times



Poetry International features a selection of poems in both Irish and English, accompanied by a critical essay on my work by Clíona Ní Ríordáin of Université Sorbonne, Paris. More here


Featured Poet in New Hibernia Review (USA) - seven new poems. Volume 21, No. 2: Summer 2017 issue. 



A new film-poem 'FéinPhic le Línte' here



​Postcards from a Hospital (a lyric essay) - Fallow Media - here

Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2016.              More at The Irish Times - here


 [chronosequence] - New Dublin Press

Poetry Ireland Review's  'The Rising Generation' -  Issue 118 A selection of work by a new generation of Irish poets, selected by editor Vona Groarke
A poem of mine represented Ireland at The Poetry Society’s European Literature Night (British Library, London)   '​Faoi Mhaighnéidín Cuisneora' ('Under a Fridge Magnet') More information here


The poem 'Waking' (dedicated to the memory of Savita Halappanavar) in 'Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916' (Penguin, 2015)


The Lightning, The Lightening (Fiction) commissioned by The Farmgate Café & The Munster Literature Centre



While Bleeding’ - Poetry (Chicago)


Clasp - a collection of poems in English published by Dedalus Press. Recipient of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize and The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Purchase here

A series of 10 radio essays on Irish Poetry commissioned and broadcast by The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1. More here
  In Water, Flight (Fiction)  - Southword, edited by Danielle McLaughlin
 - a bilingual pamhlet of poems in Irish with English translations by Smithereens Press
'Rondelet on the Alchemy of Bacon Fat'),- ​a filmpoem​ collaboration with Peter Madden
'Valise of Memories' - a new poem in The Irish Times in memory of Margaret Maher, housemaid and confidante of Emily Dickinson.