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Poet Colette Bryce announced as new editor of Poetry Ireland Review

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Article by ERMurray © 6 September 2019.
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The new editor of the highly-regarded journal of poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, has been announced.

Colette Bryce will take on the mantle of editor from the current editor, Eavan Boland, in early 2020. Both poets were in attendance for the announcement which took place yesterday evening (3 September) at the launch of Poetry Ireland Review Issue 128 at Poetry Ireland in Parnell Square, Dublin.

Colette Bryce is a poet from Derry and has published four collections with Picador including The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), which received a Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. Selected Poems, drawing on all her books, won the Pigott Prize for Irish poetry in 2018.

Colette is also a freelance writer and former editor of the journal Poetry London. Her new collection, The M Pages, is forthcoming from Picador in 2020.

“I’m excited to be taking on the editorship of Poetry Ireland Review,” said Colette. “I’ve witnessed the development of the magazine over many years, both as a subscriber and contributor, and I intend to build on this excellent work by continuing to expand the magazine’s reach and range of voices.

“I look forward very much to discovering the poems we surely need in these challenging times. It is an honour and a privilege to accept the baton from the great Eavan Boland, whose editorship has been characterised by inclusivity and positivity.”

Published three times a year, Poetry Ireland Review includes the work of both emerging and established Irish and international poets, essayists, critics and visual artists. It has a strong domestic and international subscription base and is also on sale in leading bookshops in Ireland and the UK.

Paul Lenehan, Publications Manager of Poetry Ireland, said, “We are delighted that Colette Bryce has accepted our invitation to become editor of Poetry Ireland Review, and we greatly look forward to collaborating with her on future issues of the publication.

“It’s been a joy and a pleasure to work with Eavan Boland over the past three years and we appreciate the perspective and the artistic direction that she has brought to Poetry Ireland Review since her first edition in March 2017.”

Eavan Boland’s final issue as editor will be Poetry Ireland 129, published in November 2019. Colette Bryce will become the editor of the Review from January 2020 and the first issue under her editorship, Poetry Ireland 130, will be available in March 2020.

The announcement of the new editor took place at the official launch of Poetry Ireland Review 128 on Tuesday 3 September. A selection of contributors to the edition, including Colette Bryce, read their work at the event. Editor Eavan Boland was present, as was the journal’s Irish language editor, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín.

Poetry Ireland Review’s editorship rotates regularly and previous editors have included John F Deane, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Caitríona O Reilly, Peter Sirr and Vona Groarke.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com