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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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