Eleanor Hooker is a poet and writer. She lives in North Tipperary with her husband Peter, they have two sons. 

Her second poetry collection, A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) was published October 2016. In 2013 her debut, The Shadow Owner's Companion (Dedalus Press) was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for Best First Irish collection from 2012. 

Eleanor holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Cultural History (Hons) University of Northumbria, a BA (Hons 1st), Open University. 

Eleanor's profile and poems are featured on the Irish page of the Poetry International website. Read More 

Eleanor is founder of the Rowan Tree Readings, a reading series that will feature international poets and authors. The series begins June 2018. 

Her poetry has been published in Ireland and internationally: in the UK, USA, Germany, Poland, Romania, India and Hungary, and in literary journals including: POETRY (Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, AGENDA Poetry, The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, The Moth, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Crannóg, POEM: International English Language Quarterly, Cyphers.

Online, her poems have been published at Southword, New Dublin Press, And Other Poems, Poethead, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Ofi Press, The Pickled Body, Public Pool and broadcast on RTÉ Radio One.

Eleanor has read at literary events in Ireland, USA (Pittsburgh, Washington), India (Mumbai International Literary Festival) and Hungary (Budapest). 

Professor Michael Thomas, MFA, Associate Dean of Studies and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA, has invited Eleanor to read as part of the Visiting Writer Series, March 2018.

In 2016 Eleanor gave lectures, readings and radio interviews at the Robert Morris University and Carlow University, Pittsburgh USA. The programme was kindly supported by Culture Ireland’s International Culture Programme Celebrating Ireland 2016. The invitations to read came from Professor Tess Barry, Professor Jan Beatty, Dr John Lawson and Dr. Philip Harold. 

In February 2017 Eleanor participated in a reading and discussion panel: “A World of Their Own” - five female poets in cross-cultural conversation, at AWP Conference and Book Fair in Washington, DC.​

Author Sándor Jászberényi arranged for a selection of Eleanor's poems to be translated to Hungarian by Erika Mihálycsa, for the literary journal Kalligram, published in Budapest.

At the invitation of poet Wioletta Grzegorzewska, a selection of her poems have been translated to Polish by Magdalena Chojnowska for the online Polish journal artPAPIER. 

A filmpoem, by George Hooker, from her poem Insight, was been selected by an international jury for the Straight8 competition, and had its first screening in London, July 2017. 

Eleanor won the 2016 UK Bare Fiction Flash Fiction competition. 

She was judge for the inaugural Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Flash Fiction competition, February 2017.

Her poems have been placed in a number of competitions, among them: Winner, March 2017 Poetry Society, Members Competition, longlisted in the 2017 UK National Poetry Competition, Poetry Ireland/Trocaire (1st Prize), Troubadour Competition (Highly Commended), Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition (Highly Commended), Listowel Original Short Poem (Shortlisted), and nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and the Pushcart Prize.

In 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets. In 2011 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series.

Eleanor is a founding member of the Dromineer Literary Festival and was programme curator 2004 -2017. She is a helm and Press Officer for the Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat.​ She began her career as a nurse and midwife.


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My flash fiction 'The Man in Bed Eight' was published in the Irish Times today, My warm thanks to Martin Doyle, Books Editor at the paper. Read More

 6 February 2018

Shoutout to Caleb Brennan & Shane Vaughan & their team at Stanzas in Limerick. I loved reading at their event and listening to the poets reading after me. The Stanzas reading series is vibrant & inclusive, some of the writers were reading their work in public for the first time. What a great evening. Read More

 26 January 2018

And though 2018 is heralded in with Storm Eleanor, it's a good start to the New Year for me - Gerard Smyth has accepted a new poem for publication in the Irish Times, and Martin Malone has accepted a new poem for publication in The Interpreter's House (UK)

 2 January 2018

Happy to have two poems, Ablution and By Sunk Island, in Backstory and Other Terrain, literary journals from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. I'm grateful to editor Anne Casey for including my work.

 16 December 2017

As well as being a gifted poet, Kaveh Akbar is a generous advocate for other poets, I'm grateful to him for sharing my poem Upended on his twitter page. Read More

 16 December 2017

Warm thanks to Professor Jim Rogers, University of St Thomas, Minnesota, and editor at the New Hibernia Review, for letting me know of Bryan C. Chitwood’s review of A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press, 2016)  in the journal. An extract of the review is up at Project Muse. Read More

 8 December 2017

I've established a new reading series, Rowan Tree Readings.  I'm thrilled that poet and author Mourid Barghouti has confirmed he will read and be interviewed September 8 2018. More details to follow.
Follow Rowan Tree Readings Twitter here and Facebook page here.

Our website is under construction.

 29 November 2017

After 14 years as a volunteer with the Dromineer Literary Festival, as Founding Member and Programme Curator, it was time for me to retire this year, happy in the knowledge that the festival is well established at home and has a respected international reputation abroad. I wish the new committee continued success.

 29 November 2017

It was very cool to meet up with so many friends at the launch of Metamorphic: 21st century poets respond to Ovid, at Poetry Ireland, Parnell Square Dublin. Hugh thanks to Editors Nessa O'Mahony and Paul Munden. Read More

 29 November 2017

I loved chatting to Fran Curry on his TippToday programme at TippFM radio. We talked about Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launches over the Bank Holiday weekend, the RNLI and also my poetry collection A Tug of Blue.  Thanks too to Trudy, the show's producer, a consumate professional. (at 30.32) Listen Here

 1 November 2017

I'll be reading at the Soundings for Simon fundraising event, 8pm, Monday November 20, at The Yellow House, Rathfarnham. Thanks so much to Daragh Bradish who works tirelessy to raise funds for this worthy organisation, I hope lots come along to support it.

 31 October 2017

Happy to have new work forthcoming in literary journals in the UK, USA and Australia. 

 31 October 2017

The 14th annual Dromineer Literary Festival took place last weekend, October 6-8, and was another huge success. This was my last year with the festival; along with my fellow founding committee member, Pat Kelly, I retired to write full time. ​

Nessa O'Mahony and Peter Salisbury brought ​The Attic Sessions to Dromineer, and captured the spirit of the place and festival on film. Nessa interviewed two fabulous poets Martina Evans and Martin Malone and chatted to me about the festival. You can watch it here.

 12 October 2017

Didn't think my poem Nightmare (from my first collection The Shadow Owner's Companion - Dedalus Press) could get more disturbing, but Roger Gregg's adaptation by the Bee Loud Glade manages just that. Voiced by Olivia Haran.

After Peadar O'Donoghue's interview, it begins at 4.42seconds. Listen Here

 28 September 2017

I love this filmpoem, made by my son, George Hooker, of my poem Insight: i.m. Michael Hartnett (inspired by Hartnett's long poem The Naked Surgeon). The poem was published in my 2016 collection A Tug of Blue. The filmpoem stars Martina Babišová.

Insight was made for straight 8's 2017 competition on one cartridge of super 8mm film with only in-camera edits and no post-production.

It was premiered on July 9th 2017 at Picturehouse Central, London as part of straight 8's UK premieres.  Watch Here 

 18 September 2017

Happy to be Highly Commended for the Dermot Healy Poetry Award 2017. Warm congratulations to the winner, Breda Wall Ryan. The judge this year is Vona Groarke. Read More

 16 September 2017

Lovely to be on the longlist, and in such fabulous company too, for the Dermot Healy Poeytry Award 2017. The judge this year is Vona Groarke. Read More

 28 August 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing and chatting to brilliant author Alan McMonagle about his debut novel Ithaca (Picador Books) at the Terryglass Arts Festival on Saturday, August 19. Read More

 19 August 2017

Super happy to read Nessa O'Mahony's review of A Tug of Blue in the latest Poetry Ireland Review, and too, to have my poem 'Misconduct' included by the Editor, Eavan Boland. 

"Omens are everywhere...

This sense of being haunted, or of lving in waking nightmares, recurs in many poems. [...]

Hooker perusades us through the sheer beauty of her imagery, for all its Poe-like darkness. [...]

Hooker's gift is a troubling one; one is charmed and haunted by her poetry in equal measure."​ Nessa O'Mahony, Poetry Ireland Review, August 2017

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 18 August 2017

It's a great honour to be asked to submit poems to the Rockhurst Review, (Kansas, Missouri), Rockhurst University's  fine arts journal. My thanks to Editor Elizabeth Barnett. The issue will be published in September Read More

 18 August 2017

I'm grateful to Bill Tinley for his close reading of A Tug of Blue for his review of my collection in the July/August edition of The Furrow, a monthly journal from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. 

In A Tug of Blue, her second collection, one is immediately struck by how defamiliarised the world of her poems seems, an effect achieved as much by the texture of the language she uses as by the unsettling angles at which she approaches her subject matter. [...]

Hooker identifies the pulses of unease and despair, but her poems do not reach for ready consolations. [...]

...there is a Plath-like weight to her phrasing - 'I eat the dark so she can see me' - that presents to us the strangeness of what appears familiar'​ Bill Tinley
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 25 July 2017

My thanks to Editors Nessa O"Mahony and Paul Munden, for inviting me to submit a poem to their new anthology, Metamorphic: 21 st century poets respond to Ovid. The anthology will celebrate the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Ovid with a tribute volume to his most famous work, Metamorphoses

The book will be published in October 2017 by Recent Work Press, in association with the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra. 

 20 July 2017

The London screening of Straight8 films is June 9- George Hooker's #filmpoem of my poem 'Insight' , starring Martina Babišová, is one of the selected films in the competition. Read More

 18 June 2017

Exciting news - Professor Michael Thomas, MFA, Associate Dean of Studies and Director of the Visiting Writers Series, Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA, has invited me to read as part of the Visiting Writer Series at the University, March 2018. 
Professor Thomas was in the audience at the panel reading and discussion I particiapted on at the AWP in Washington this year and spoke to me after the event. Read More

 18 June 2017

We had a phenomenal evening of poetry in Dungarvan Town Hall on June 8. 

I read with poets I greatly admire: Thomas McCarthy, Ron Carey, Tess Barry and Clodagh Beresford Dunne.  5Poets was presented by The Arts Office of Waterford City and County Council, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. 

 8 June 2017

It was a great honour to meet HRH The Duke of Kent KG, President of the RNLI, who visited our station at Lough Derg today.

I was delighted to read one of my lifeboat poems and to dedicate it to Teddy Knight and Charles Stanley-Smith, who, after tragic drownings in the lake, recognized the need for a declared rescue service on Lough Derg, and worked tirelessly to secure the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Dromineer 17yrs ago - many rescued and lives saved since. Read More

Read The Tipperary Star's coverage of the visit here 

See photographs of the visit on the Lough Derg RNLI Station here​

 30 May 2017

A fabulous evening of readings tonight at The Eden in Rathfarnham, so cool to meet up with old friends, Breda Wall Ryan, Ron Carey, Jean O'Brien, Maurice Devitt, Eamon Mag Uidhir and Amanda Bell and to make new acquaintances.

Thanks so much to Daragh Bradish and Paul Bregazzi for the warm welcome. Read More

 29 May 2017

My review of Graham Allen's The Madhouse System (New Binary Press) and Alvy Carragher's Falling in love with broken things (Salmon Poetry) is up now at The Stinging Fly website. I'm grateful to Declan Meade and Ian Maleney for their fantastic editorial support.  Read More

 17 May 2017

It was delight to read with Sándor Jászberény in Budapest at the end of last month, Sándor very kindly interviewed my for the Hungarian paper 24.  Read More

 10 May 2017

I'm thrilled with Roisin Kelly's awesome review of my collection A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) alongside Ron Carey's utterly beautiful collection Distance (Revival Press) in the latest issue of Southword, an online literary journal from the Munster Literature Centre, Cork.  Read More

 3 May 2017

At the invitation of author and journalist Sándor Jászberényi, I travelled to Budapest last weekend to give a poetry reading alongside awesome Hungarian poets and short story writers. I read my poems in English and Sándor then read them in Hungarian.

Sándor and I met at the Mumbai International Literary Festival last November. It was a delight for Peter and I to meet up with Sándor and Petra again - we picked up our conversations where we left off in India.

As foreign correspondant and writer, Sándor is a font of knowledge on his country and foreign affairs, I learned so much from him on this visit. I've been following George Szirtes blog and FB posts for some years, so it was extraordinary to be in Hungary, where history and the present meet in these turbulent times.

We walked 9 miles on Saturday, the best way to get to know a city.

Sándor is shortlisted for a major Hungarian literary prize, alongside Krasznahorkai László & other astonishing writers - huge posters promoting the prize hung outside the facades of buildings in the centre of the city, I wish him the best of luck. Read More

 1 May 2017

Lovely to get a letter from Listowel Writers' Week to say my poem was shortlisted by Harry Clifton in the Single Poem Category, congratulations to all the winners. 

 25 April 2017

Alongside poets Eileen Sheehan, James Martin Joyce and Ellen Cranitch, I read a new poem commissioned by Dolores Lyne for her exhibition Placing the Word: Paintings and Prints by Dolores Lyne and Margaret Irwin at the Cúirt International Festival of LIterature, Galway. Read Eileen Sheehan's account here.

 25 April 2017

Fabulous night at Cork launch of The Deep Heart's Core:Irish Poets Revisit A Touchstone Poem, Eds Eugene O'Connell and Pat Boran, published by Dedalus Press.  Read poet John W Sexton's account of the evening here

 22 April 2017

The Spring 2017 issue of the Poetry Review, UK, has arrived - am very happy to read Jonathan Davidson warm review of A Tug of Blue, alongside his review of collections by Philip Gross and Alison Brackenbury. Read More 

 20 April 2017

Honoured to have a poem in the latest Dark Mountain, an International literary journal based in the US. Read the editorial here.  

 20 April 2017

Looking forward to the next Staccato reading, April 12 at Toner's, Baggot St, Dublin. I’m reading with Martin Malone, Riona Judge McCormack, Maighread Medbh, Susan Lyndsay, Eamon Mac Uidhir, and with music by Colm Lynch. Thanks to David Butler and Tanya Farrelly for the invitation. Read More

 5 April 2017

Galway based artist Dolores Lyne has invited me to collaborate with her on her forthcoming exhibition for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. This is very exciting. Dolores is a gifted artist. Read More about her work.

 5 April 2017

A Poet Steals my Grandfather's Skull and other poems of mine are published in the March issue of The Punch Magazine, based in New Delhi, India. My warm thanks to editor Siddhartha Gigoo for taking them.  Read More

 5 April 2017

Stoked to be one of the six winners of the Poetry Society Members' competition with my poem 'By Longing'. The judge was R.A. Villaneuva and theme was 'Dilemma'. Congratulations to the others winners too.

This is a radically different style for me, but the poem needed a doppler effect. Read More

 31 March 2017

Delighted to be on the longlist for the UK Poetry Society National Poetry Competition 2017. Massive congratulations to the winners Stephen Sexton, Caleb Parkin and T.L. Evans, and to those Commended and on the longlist. Read More

 29 March 2017

Happy to be Guest Irish Poet in the Romanian Journal, Itaca (based in Dublin). Huge thanks to writer and editor Viorel Ploeșteanu for inviting me to submit poems. Read More

 29 March 2017

Honoured to have four poems accepted for publication in The Punch Magazine, India. Warm thanks to author and editor Siddhartha Gigoo. Read More

 24 March 2017

Major life decision to go back to school to do Creative Writing PhD next year. 

Currently looking at different programmes. Professor Ian Sansom says Trinity College Dublin will be taking their first intake September 2018 for their new doctoral programme. Exciting times and new challenges.

 24 March 2017

It's alway an honour to be invited to give poetry readings. Here's a list of my readings in the next two months:

April 12 Staccato, Dublin. Hosts Tanya Farrelly and David Butler.

April 19 Cork World Book Festival - 7pm C​ork City Library, Launch of The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit A Touchstone Poem. Eds Eugene O'Connell & Pat Boran. 

April 29 A reading in Budapest alongside Stephen Connolly. Host Sándor Jászberényi.

May 29 The Eden House, Dublin. Hosts Daragh Bradish, Ron Carey and Paul Bregazzi. 
 24 March 2017

I've never been to Budapest, so I'm really looking forward to reading there next month with poet Stephen Connolly. Massive thanks to writer and war photojournalist Sándor Jászberényi for organising this trip. Sándor has also arranged translators for a selection of our poems, which will be published in the May issue of Kaligram.  Read More

 18 March 2017

Christine Murray maintains an exceptional blog 'Poethead', dedicated to female poets and their work. I'm honoured that Chris has recently added three more of my poems to her blog.  Read More

 14 March 2017

I'm very happy to be Featured Poet, with seven poems, in the Winter 2016 issue of the New Hibernia Review, a University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) publication. 

Huge thanks to editor Jim Silas Rogers Read More

 27 February 2017

Bethany Hope, editor for the RNLI's Offshore magazine, has posted a recording of my poem 'The Shout' on youtube. RNLIs Mairead Dwane recorded my reading for an article by Bethany to promote the RNLIs first Flash Fiction competition, for which I'm judge.  Listen Here 

You can read Bethany's article here​

 26 February 2017

February has been a busy poetry month for me. 

I'm just home following the awesome Cork International Poetry Festival. Kudos to its Director, Patrick Cotter, and his team - this is a world class festival.

See Linda Ibbotson's festival photographs Here

As well as attending as many of the readings as possible, I read at two events, introduced Lo Kwa Mei-in’s reading, and each morning of the festival, attended a Four Masters Poetry Workshop.

On Wednesday February 15, I read the two of my poems included in the Indian literary journal The Enchanting Verses International, guest edited by Patrick Cotter. Poet and founder of the journal Sonnet Mondal spoke a little of the history of the journal.

It was my delight and honour to read alongside poet Eileen Sheehan on Thursday February 16. Eileen and my poems ‘spoke’ to one another other, and elicited an astonishingly warm and inquisitive response from the audience. Poet Paul Casey introduced us and lead the Q&A following our reading. 

I really enjoyed introducing Lo Kwa Mei-en’s poetry reading, on Friday, February 17. I am a huge fan of her extraordinary work, having bought a copy of her first collection Yearling after I read a recommendation early last year. The Q&A following her reading was dynamic.

The standard of poetry at the Four Masters poetry workshop was astounding. Thomas McCarthy, Brian Turner, Natalie Diaz and Martina Evans work-shopped a new poem by each of the eight participants each day. I loved every single second in Cork and have made many new friends. Read More

With funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, I was enabled to attend and particiapte at the 50th anniversary of the AWP conference and bookfair (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) 8-11 February 2017. 

Many of the panel discussions at the AWP 2017 directly addressed concerns in my current projects, and I obtained invaluable insights.  

It was a delight to read/talk at a panel entitled A World of Our Own - Woman's Voices from Three Continents in Cultural Exchange, alongside fellow Irish poet Clodagh Beresford Dunne, Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck and American poets Jan Beatty and Tess Barry.  We had an outstanding response to our panel with many audience members coming up to speak to us afterwards.  

Clodagh, Zeina, Tess and I were invited, as contributors to the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, ​to read at their 'off site' celebrations.  Huge thanks to poets and editors Michael Albright and Jennifer Jackson Berry for the opportunity.

It was truly lovely to catch up with our wonderful Pittsburgh friends and poets (Bernadette Ulsamer, Rachel Mennies, Emily Mohn-Slate, Sheila Carter Jones, Celeste Gainey, Michelle Stoner and Lisa Alexander and Kevin Haworth) whom Clodagh and I had met last April as part of Pittsburgh's Madwomen in the Attic's Writing Community, and also at the 2016 Split this Rock Festival.​  I got to meet up with Irish/American poet Drucilla Wall, whom I've only ever met here at home.  Clodagh and I also met Philip Lynch at lunch in the vast conference centre too, very cool indeed.

"The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join the AWP community for four days of dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2016 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America." Read More

 21 February 2017

I chose my poem ''Nightmare' from my debut collection The Shadow Owner's Companion for this new anthology The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit A Touchstone Poem, due for publication by the Dedalus Press next month. 

"In The Deep Heart’s Core some 100 Irish 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.
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 23 January 2017

It's a huge honour to be included in the Irish issue of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review (India) alongside poets I greatly admire. Warm thanks to Patrick Cotter, guest editor of this issue.  

Poets included are: John Montague, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, John W. Sexton, Matthew Geden, James Harpur, Colm Breathnach, Bernard O’Donoghue, Moya Cannon, Mary Noonan, Enda Wyley, Paul Casey, Seán Lysaght, Celia de Fréine, Gerry Murphy, Gerard Smyth, Colette Bryce, Michael Coady, Martina Evans, Pat Boran, Eileen Sheehan, Ciaran O’Driscoll, Mary O’Donnell, Peter Sirr, Paula Cunningham, Afric McGlinchey, John F. Deane, Vona Groarke, Greg Delanty, Eleanor Hooker, Thomas McCarthy, Matthew Sweeney, Katie Donovan, Jean O'Brien and Nessa O’Mahony. Read More

 13 January 2017

Really pleased to have a poem accepted today for publication in the next issue of Dark Mountain literary journal (USA), due for publication in April.  Read More

 9 January 2017

Happy to have two poems selected by Maya Catherine Popa for the Irish Supplement to the US poetry journal Prelude Magazine Issue 3.  Read More

 12 December 2016

Thrilled to see that Prof. Colin Graham has included my poetry collection A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) as one of his 'Books of 2016'.  

"Eleanor Hooker’s A Tug of Blue is a very fine book of gently contained yet forceful poems.​" Read More

 30 November 2016

Stephen Connolly, (poet, editor and PhD candidate at Queen’s University, Belfast) and I, recently participated in the 7th annual Mumbai International Literary Festival, November 17-20 2016. Our participation was facilitated by Poetry Ireland and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. I am hugely grateful to both organizations for this phenomenal opportunity, and to Anil Dharker, Festival Director, and his team for their warm hospitality whilst we were in Mumbai.

My first event was a poetry reading at NCPA, directly following the Opening Ceremony. It was a great honour to read alongside poets Adil Jussawala, Keki Daruwalla and Zingonia Zingone. The theatre was full and I was a little nervous, but Keki Daruwalla was particularly kind and put me at my ease.

In addition to my scheduled events, I was participated in two others.

Reena Agrawal, a member of the festival team and a lecturer in Sociology to Mass Media students in Mumbai, invited festival participants Sándor Jászberényi, Angelica Freitas, Monica Cantieni and I to an event entitled, ‘Tea with the Authors’, where we gave a talk on writing and our own experiences, to the winners of the festival writing contests. 

Mrs. Agrawal invited Angelica Freitas, a Brazilian poet, and I, to give and a talk and reading to students at Sophia College (a womans’ university in the city) on Saturday morning, November 19. I thoroughly enjoyed this, Angelica and I had met at earlier events and immediately hit it off. The staff and students were welcoming and attentive and had lots of questions. Sam Cutler and his wife, Jackie, who was giving a talk following ours, sat in on our session. As both Angelica and I had readings at Prithvi House, a theatre some distance away, we had to leave immediately after our talk. 

My fourth event on Saturday afternoon was a reading with Keki Daruwalla and novelist Umi Sinha. Mr. Daruwalla launched his short story collection Daniell Comes to Judgement as this event.

Stephen Connolly and his partner Manuela Moser (also a gifted poet) were fabulous company, Stephen made superb reading recommendations. Do check out the poetry anthology he co-edited with Sinead Morrissey 'The future always makes me so thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland'. 

I was so happy to strike up a friendship with Sándor Jászberényi and his partner Petra. Sándor is an author and War Photojournalist, his collection The Devil is a Black Dog: stories of war and revolution from the Middle East and Beyond, is a compelling and at times, harrowing read and I highly recommend it. 

I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the three members of Trinity ​College Dublin (my alma mater) academic staff, who were also participating at the festival: author and Professor Darryl Jones, Professor Nicholas Johnson, and Simon Gavin Williams, Director for Global Engagement at TCD.​

It was a joy to meet Rebecca Perry, who as well as being an outstanding poet, has a wicked sense of humour. Ranjit Hoskote and I have been following each other on Twitter for years, he’s an superb poet, I so enjoyed hearing him read and then chatting to him later.

Warm thanks to Maureen Kennelly, Director at Poetry Ireland and Elizabeth Mohen for all her logistical help from Poetry Ireland and Culture Ireland for their support. Thanks too to Anil Dharker, Festival Director, for his generous welcome and to his team and volunteers, and especially to Carlin Carr, our co-ordinator with the festival, Reena Agrawal and Amy Fernandes for all their kindness and to my Peter for travelling with me (navigator I ain’t). Read More

 30 November 2016

To coincide with the launch of A Tug of Blue, author Ruth McKee interivewed me for the Irish Times newspaper. I love Ruth's article, and am so pleased that Martin Doyle, Deputy Literary Editor at the Irish Times, published it.  Read More

 8 November 2016

Had a wonderful evening at the launch of Catherine Ann Cullen and my poetry collections with the Dedalus Press. Huge thanks to Pat Boran and Raffaela Tranchino, and all the staff at The Teachers' Club for the venue.  Thanks too to everyone who made the effort to come to the reading on such a wet and wintery evening.

Lucy Collins gave the most incredible introduction to my book, just wow! 

 8 November 2016

Awesome to see the cover image of my new collection A Tug of Blue (a painting by Alicia Armstrong), on the cover of the Nov/Dec issue of Books Ireland magazine, and on their promotional posters in the window display of Hodges Figgis, Dublin's oldest bookstore Read More

 1 November 2016

Tom D'Evelyn considers my second poetry collection in his essay A Tug of Blue and a 9th century Irish Lyric. Read More

 27 October 2016

Delighted with the coverage IrishTV gave to the Dromineer Literary Festival, leading their Tipperary Matters slot with a feature on the Saturday afternoon events at Lough Derg Yacht Club, October 8. Read More

 26 October 2016

Poet and author Thomas McCarthy introduced my, Catherine Ann Cullen, and Mark Fiddes' new collections of poetry at The Launching Party at Dromineer Literary Festival, Saturday, October 8. He said quite wonderful things about all three of our books. Read More

 11 October 2016

My interview and readings on poet Jan Beatty's radio programme Prosody in Pittsburgh in May of this year, is now up on their podcasts.  Listen Here 

 11 October 2016

Pat Boran, my publisher at The Dedalus Press has just sent me my first review of A Tug of Blue. The Review is by Paddy Kehoe at RTE, and it's a joy to read. Phew!  Read More

 4 October 2016

The 2016 Dromineer Literary Festival(Oct. 6-9) is all set and ready to go. It's been a fun year programming the festival and making contact with artists. 

Our visiting authors this year include: Anne Enright, Anthony Glavin, Danielle McLaughlin. Our visiting poets include: Colette Bryce, Don Share, Catherine Ann Cullen.

The festival committee is a dedicated volunteer committee, the reward for our hard work is to see audience take their seats and the artists take to the stage. Visit our website and download the the programme.   Read More

 26 September 2016

February 2017 is going to be a busy, exciting month of poetry for me.

i) 'A World of Our Own – Women’s Voices from Three Continents in Cultural Exchange' 

I'm stoked to be reading at this AWP Bookfair event with poets Jan Beatty, Tess Barry (both of whom proposed and arranged this reading), Zeina Hashem Beck and Clodagh Beresford Dunne. 

The reading takes places in Washington DC, early February 2017 - the 50th Anniversary of the AWP. Carlow University’s MFA programme and its groundbreaking writing workshops, ‘The Madwomen in the Attic ’ has a table at the bookfair, it’ll be so cool to catch up with friends we met in Pittsburgh earlier this year. Read More

ii) Then home to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival February alongside Eileen Sheehan, another fabulous and generous poet.

Patrick Cotter, Director of the Cork International Poetry Festival has put a impressive programme together! 

Poets reading at the festival next year include: Martina Evans, Katie Donovan, Maya Catherine Popa, Häken Sandell, Nuala O'Donnell, Natalie Diaz, Brenda Shaughnessy, Eleanor Hooker, Eileen Sheehan, Theo Dorgan, Maram Al Masri, Sonnet Mondal, Kerrie O' Brien, Bernard O’Donoghue and John Kinsella, Conor O’Callaghan and Matthew Dickman and more. Read More

 28 August 2016

My poem 'Walls' is up at Pool Poetry. Huge thanks to Ed. DonCarlos Price for taking the poem.  Read More

 15 August 2016

A Tug of Blue by Eleanor Hooker

I love the cover of my second collection of poems, A Tug of Blue, published by the Dedalus Press and to be launched in October.

Huge thanks to Alicia Armstrong, an American artist from North Carolina, for letting me use her painting 'Fair Enough' as my cover image. 


 3 August 2016

My ekphrastic poem 'Guardian Angel' inspired by Guy Denning's drawing 'paradis est ici 5', is up now in the latest edition of Southword, from the Munster Literature Centre.

Huge thanks to poetry editor Matthew Sweeney for taking it, and Jen Matthews and Patrick Cotter for all their hard work at the Munster Literature Centre.  Read More

 28 July 2016

Delighted that poet Maya C Popa, guest editor at Prelude magazine, has accepted two poems of mine for publication in the Irish edition of the journal, an edition sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre.  Read More

 28 July 2016

Excited to have a place at Paul Muldoon's Poetry Workshop at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, August 11. Thanks so much to Maureen Kennelly, Director at Poetry Ireland.  Read More

 27 July 2016

Stoked to be on the shortlist for The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016. Huge congratulations to all the prize winners, and short and loglistees. The Judges were poets Andrew McMillan and Rebecca Perry.  Read More

 26 July 2016

I'm grateful to Trevor Conway for his close reading of my poem 'Fishing' for his blog The Poems. Read More

 15 July 2016

Warm thanks to poet Robert Peake for including my collection The Shadow Owner's Companion on his  2016 Summer Poetry Reading List, at The Huffington Post. 

I'm in wonderful company, as the other collections on Robert's list are by: Clare Askew, Michelle Bitting, Mark Fiddes, Emily Harrison, Abegail Morley, Kathy Pimlott, Daniel Sluman, Ocean Vuong and George Wallace.  Read More

 11 July 2016

I was delighted to read my poems at University College Dublin, on July 6. The reading was video recorded for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, a central repository for readings by Irish poets, in both the English and the Irish language. 

I read from my first collection The Shadow Owner's Companion, from my contribution to Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation and from my forthcoming collection with the Dedalus Press, A Tug of Blue, to be published this October. 

Huge thanks to Dr, Lucy Collins, Lecturer in English, UCD School of English, Drama and Film for the invitation and to Ursula Byrne, Head of Development and Strategic Programmes Planning & Administration at UCD Library, and to all the team who made me so welcome. Read More

 6 July 2016

Mel McMahon, Trevor Conway and I received a warm reception to our reading at Belfast Book Festival, June 9. Our event was chaired by the fabulous poet Kate Newmann.

I was delighted to see poets Stephanie Conn, Damien Smyth, Colin Dardis and Geraldine O'Kane, Joan Newmann (Kate's Mum) and Charlie Heaney (brother of Seamus Heaney) and his wife, in the audience. ‪

Huge thanks to Keith Acheson, Festival Director, for the invitation to read. Read More

 10 June 2016

Happy that my poem 'Nailing Wings to the Dead', published in the October 2015 issue of Poetry Magazine, is the 'Friday Staff Read' by Rachel Mennies at Agni magazine. Read More

 10 June 2016

Author Jo Ely interviewd me on poetry and writing for The Woven Tale Press. She's a gorgeous person and conducted this interview whilst in the excitement of publishing her debut novel 'Stone Seeds'.  Read More

 20 May 2016

So happy to be awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary 2016 by Tipperary County Council Arts Office.  Protected time for my writing is getting more and more difficult that I've had to become an accomplished 'time thief'; stealing moments where I can.
I'm thrilled that my second poetry collection of poems A Tug of Blue will be published in October by the Dedalus Press.  I believe my poetry has matured since my debut collection.
I've been tinkering with a novel for years now, and time at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre will allow me the space to put manners on myself and the manuscript. Read More

 18 May 2016

The latest issue of Southword Literary journal, from the Munster Literature Centre, has just gone live. Really pleased to be amongst the poets Highly Commneded in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition, with my poem 'A Calling'. Huge thanks to Director Patrick Cotter and Administrator Jennifer Matthews Read More

 27 April 2016

Happy to have two new poems in the 'Rising Generation', Issue 118 of Poetry Ireland Review. 

“I believe there’s good and exciting work here, work that will continue to be honoured and enjoyed in all its many shades. They’re not all young poets (whatever that adjective might mean): I’ve always liked how poetry as an artform hooches up to make space for people who come to it late. It is the poems, as ever, I prefer to focus on.  

So why then the questionnaire and its thirty-six sets of prose responses? Call it context. Or light entertainment. Or a new confessionalism. I thought it would help to show, alongside poems, what kind of attitudes new poets strike when it comes to thinking about poetry and how it slips into or chafes against their otherwise lives.”  

Vona Groarke, editor, Issue 118, Poetry Ireland Review Read More

 25 April 2016

Home following an inspiring ten day series of poetry readings and lecture tour in the USA, with friend and fellow poet Clodagh Beresford Dunne. 

The wonderful invitations to read came from poets and Professors Tess Barry (co-ordinator of the Reading Tour) and John Lawson of Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, and Professor Jan Beatty of Carlow University, Pittsburgh. 

The programme was kindly supported by Culture Ireland’s International Culture Programme celebrating Ireland 2016.  

At the invitation of American poet Jan Beatty, Clodagh and I travelled to Washington, D.C. with Carlow University’s 'Madwomen in the Attic Writing Community', to participate in the National Poetry Festival, Split this Rock.  Read More

 25 April 2016

Delighted to see these photographs from my reading with Angela Carr and Ciaran O'Rourke at the Doubleshot poetry event at Books Upstairs in March last year. It was a great honour to see Tess Gallagher in the audience. The Doubleshot Readings are curated by Jess Traynor and MC'd by Dave Lordan. Read More

And here's a promotional video on by Runaway Penguin, that features our readings. Read More​

 29 March 2016

My poem 'The Thing We Carry Now', an elegy for my Dad, is published by the New Dublin Press. Thanks to Editor Jonathan Creasy for his kind feedback.  Read More

 18 March 2016

My flash fiction 'The Lesson', is available to read on the Bare Fiction website. This story was  awarded 1st Prize by judge Richard Skinner, in the Bare Fiction, Flash Fiction Competition, in the UK.  Warm thanks to Robert Harper, Editor at Bare Fiction, for posting it on the website. Read More

 17 March 2016

Ruth McKee, Ed. at Spontaneity journal has nominated my poem 'To Touch the Sky' for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. February has shaped up to be a really good month for me!  Read More

 23 February 2016

Very happy to have my short story 'Digging Holes' published in the February issue of The Woven Tale Press.  Warm thanks to Sandra Tyler, Editor-in Chief, and Jo Ely, Literary Editor, for their wonderful feedback.  Read More

 2 February 2016

I'm thrilled my flash fiction 'The Lesson' has been awarded 1st Prize in the Bare Fiction, Flash Fiction Competition, in the UK. 

'This piece doesn’t put a foot wrong in its entirety and is filled with lines that most novelists would kill for—“They measure his mood by the range of his limp”. And all this in a mere 500 words. A triumph.' Judge Richard Skinner, novelist, poet, Director of the Fiction programme at the Faber Academy. Read More

 1 February 2016

We (volunteer crew on Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat) had our first Shout of 2016 on New Year's Day. We launched to rescue a young horse that had fallen into the Nenagh River (in flood) and was swept downstream into Lough Derg. With great teamwork, we had the best outcome.  Read More

 1 January 2016

The Woven Tale Press are going to publish a short story of mine in the February 2016 issue of the journal. Massive thanks to Sandra Tyler, Editor-in-Chief and Jo Ely, Literary Editor, I'm delighted with their feedback. Read More

 21 December 2015

So happy to have a poem Highly Commended in the 2016 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition.  The judge was poet and Director of the Munster Literature Centre, Patrick Cotter. 

Huge congratulations to the winners and the other poets on the Highly Commended list, all of which will be published in Southword, April 2016. Read More

 17 December 2015

'Nailing Wings to the Dead', my poem published in the October issue of Poetry magazine, was broadcast on the RTE Poetry Programme, December 12.  I'm grateful to Rick O'Shea, Programme Presenter, and to Claire Cunningham, Producer of the show, for including it. Poets Christodoulos Makris and Moya Cannon also feature on the programme. Read More

 27 October 2015

Was at Tinpot studios in Merrion St. today to record 'Nailing Wings to the Dead', my poem published in the October issue of Poetry magazine, for the RTE Poetry Programme. Huge thanks to Rick O'Shea and to Claire Cunningham, Producer of the show. Sean, the sound recorder at Tinpot was super kind and friendly. Read More

 27 October 2015

Along with fellow RNLI crew Neville Murphy from Skibereen and David Brannigan from Dun Laoghaire, I was invited on Anton Savage's TodayFM programme this morning, to talk about being a volunteer with the RNLI. Read More

 27 October 2015

My poem 'Escape Route' is the Tuesday Poem in this week's Irish Examiner newspaper. Huge thanks to Patrick Cotter, Director of the Munster Literature Centre, for selecting it.

(The poem was first published in Issue 1 of POEM: International English Language Quarterly, edited by Fiona Sampson, January 2013) Read More

 20 October 2015

Contributors to the October issue of POETRY have been asked for their reading list for a blog on the Poetry Foundation website, curated by Lindsay Garbutt, Assistant Editor at POETRY magazine. Read my current reading list on the website. Read More

 12 October 2015

My poem 'Nailing Wings to the Dead' is published in the October issue of POETRY (Chicago) and amongst luminaries, what a great honour. I'm grateful to editor Don Share and assistant editor Lindsay Garbutt. Read More

 9 October 2015

Read George Szirtes' thoughts on his participation at the 2015 Dromineer Literary Festival. Read More

 8 October 2015

To quote Mark Fiddes, the winner of the 2015 Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry Competition, the festival this year was 'a triumph'. There was tremendous comeraderie amongst the organising committee and great warmth from the audience. It was a thrill and a joy to meet George Szirtes and his wife Clarissa Upchurch, Pascale Petit and to meet again, Thomas McCarthy, Billy Ramsell and his wife and fellow poet Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín and indeed all of the visiting artists and writers. Poet Thomas McCarthy wrote on the importance of continued support of festivals such as ours, the Dromineer Literary Festival. Read More

 8 October 2015

Delighted to be reading my flash fiction contribution to Issue #1 of BANSHEE: a literary journal, at the Cork International Short Story Festival, 2.30pm Thursday 24 at Cork Central Library. See you there. Read More

 21 September 2015

Issue #1 of BANSHEE: a literary journal, has just arrived in the post. Lots of good stuff here: poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Happy to have a flash fiction piece included. Check out the website here and get yourself a copy. Read More

 16 September 2015

Pinching myself, my poem 'Nailing Wings to the Dead' is being published in the October 2015 issue of POETRY (Chicago). Massive thanks to the editor, Don Share, for selecting it. Read More

 7 September 2015

I'm Chairperson and Programme Curator for the Dromineer Literary Festival, and working with a fantastic committee. We're all volunteers. Really pleased with the 2015 programme. The festival takes place October 1-4. Read More

 7 September 2015

Honoured to be asked by Graham Allen to give my reaction to his phenomenal e-poem 'Holes'. To my mind this is an exceptional piece of writing, ongoing since 2006, and essential reading for me.  Read More

 19 July 2015

My poem 'House of Silence: Annamakerrig November 2014' was broadcast this morning on Sunday Miscellany, RTE Radio 1. Am in lovely company with John Martin, Michaerl Fewer, Mary O'Donnell, John Horgan, John F. Dene and Brendan Lawlor.  Read More

 19 July 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed reading at the inaugural Stanzas festival in Limerick, this weekend. Rosin Kelly and I read, alfresco, on Catherine Street, to a warm and attentive audience. Congratulations to organizers  Shane Vaughan, Caleb Brennan, Jared Nadin and Dan O’Malley.  Read More

 18 July 2015

Sweet! Super happy to have a piece of flash fiction accepted for publication in the inaugural issue of Banshee, a literary journal whose first issue comes out in the Autumn. Read More

 22 June 2015

As a long time reader of Robin Robertson's poetry, I was very happy to have my review of his collection 'Hill of Doors' published in the Irish Times Newspaper. Thanks to Martin Doyle for taking the article. Read More

 8 June 2015

Thank you Wioletta Grzegorzewska, I'm delighted and honoured to have my poems translated into Polish by Magdalena Chojnowska for ArtPapier’s special feature of Irish female poets.

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 2 June 2015

Very happy to have two new poems in 'Callings' the May 2015 issue of AGENDA poetry. Warm thanks to Editor Patricia McCarthy. Read More

 24 May 2015

'In Conclusion: A Poets Laureate Conversation', my account of this event at The Library of Congress in Washington DC, is published in today's Irish Times newspaper. 

Delighted that Martin Doyle, Assistant Literary Editor of The Irish Times, took the piece. 

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 18 May 2015

Delighted to see my poem, Light Airs, published in today's Irish Times. Warm thanks to Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor for the paper.

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 16 May 2015

My poem, To Touch The Sky, inspired by Yuichi Ikehata's image 'Attempt to touch the sky' is up now in the latest edition of Spontaneity. Huge thanks to the journal's editor Ruth McKee

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 2 May 2015

Pleased to have new poems upcoming in the following literary journals: POETRY (Chicago), Cyphers (Dublin), AGENDA (London). 

My poem 'By the Barricade' is in the latest edition of The Pickled Body.

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 26 April 2015

The Quantum issue of The Pickled Body is live. Really pleased to have a poem included in this innovative online literary journal.  Huge thanks to the Editors Dimitra Xidous and Patrick Chapman. 

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 17 April 2015

Irish President Michael D. Higgins is one of the poets included in 'The Sea', a new anthology of poems & photographs in aid of the RNLI.  

I'm very happy to have a poem included in the book.  All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to the RNLI lifeboats.

The anthology began is an initiative of Steve Moore, a member of the RNLI fundraising committee in Skerries, Co. Dublin.​

'The Sea' an anthology of poems in aid of the RNLI will be launched at Ardgillian Castle, Ballbriggan, Co. Dublin on Saturday April 25 at 2pm. I'm reading my poem​ at the launch.

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 14 April 2015

A lovely promotional video for Double Shot Poetry Readings at Books Upstairs. Dublin. It was made by Pádraig Burke for his production company, Runaway Penguin. 

Jess Traynor, programme curator for the series, is interviewed, with clips of Angela Carr, Ciaran O’Rourke and my reading.

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 10 April 2015

Huge congrats to Liz Quirke, winner of the Galway University Hospitals Poetry Competition. Delighted to have been placed.

This year’s judge was poet Kevin Higgins.

The winning entry is:

‘Sculpture’ by Liz Quirke.

Runners up:

2nd place 'Granddad' by Eleanor Hooker 

3rd place 'Perigree' by Davnet Heery

"Over the past decade the series has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Michael Longley, Vona Groarke, Jane Hirschfield and Tess Gallagher. This year’s selection has been chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye.​"

Liz's poem will be unveiled at the Poems for Patience launch on April 24 at 11.00am in University Hospital Galway.

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 8 April 2015

As part of his feature on workers in the rescue services, Ray D'Arcy invited me, (RNLI lifeboat helm), Pat Trappe, (firefighter & advanced paramedic), and Ger Devine, (paramedic & firefighter), into the RTE Radio 1 studios on Wednesday, April 1 to chat to him about our roles. Everyone on the production team was so kind to us and went to great efforts to put us at our ease. The interview is available to listen on podcast.

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 2 April 2015

Home following the Doolin Writers’ Weekend. If you’ve never been, mark this festival on your calendar, it is one of the best; writers and visitors are made welcome and well looked after. Huge credit to Donal Minihane (who launched his debut novel Clíona’s Wave on the opening night) and his organising committee. 

In the Writers’ Tent, Saturday, March 28, I read alongside Graham Allen, Jean Kavanagh, Dave Lordan and Christine Dwyer Hickey. Just fab!

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 30 March 2015

A wonderful evening of poetry at the Double Shot readings in Books Upstairs, Dublin, March 18. I was reading alongside poets Angela Carr and Ciaran O'Rourke.  It was a great buzz to see Tess Gallagher in the front row too. She spoke to all of us afterwards, what a gracious woman. Huge thanks to Jess Traynor (who co-curates these readings with Dave Lordan), for the invitation to read.  Read More

 18 March 2015

My poem 'Weathering' is the Tuesday Poem in this week's Irish Examiner newspaper.  How cool is that, eh! Warm thanks to Patrick Cotter. Read More

 12 March 2015

Super pleased to be included on the Poetry International website today.

Huge thanks to the Ireland page editor poet Billy Ramsell & to Jennifer Matthews, who writes lovely things. Read More

 19 February 2015

The 2015 Cork Spring Poetry Festival was a wow.  I was one of fifteen who particiapted on Don Share's spectacular four day Poetry Masterclass. Fabulous to catch up with so many friends. kudos to Patrick Cotter, Festival Organizer and Jennifer Matthews, Administrator at Munster Literature Centre, for organizing such an impressive festival. Read More

 17 February 2015

Congratulations to Lisa Griffin and Suzanne Dolan as the first issue of their new magazine goes live today.

Happy to have an interview and two poems featured. Read More

 29 January 2015

Poet Wioletta Grzegorzewska has invited a number of Irish poets to submit five poems each, for translation to Polish for the online Polish journal artPAPIER. I'm delighted that Magdalena Chojnowska will be translating my poems. Read More

 28 January 2015

My poem 'Light Airs' was broadcast on the RTE Radio programme, Sunday Miscellany, on Sunday morning, January 18th. I was in lovely company with Cyril Kelly, Denise Blake, Andy Jones, Gerard Smyth and Judith Mok. Huge thanks to the show's producer Aoife Nic Cormaic. Read More

 20 January 2015

Delighted that my flash fiction story, Sage, was shorlisted by judge Angela Readman, in the Bare Fiction Flash Fiction Prize. A great start to 2015.  Read More

 3 January 2015

My poem 'Living' was broadcast on the RTE Radio programme Sunday Miscellany, yesterday, December 28th.  I'm in lovely company, with Mary O'Donnell, Catherine Foley, Joe Kearney, Olive Travers & Alan Titley also reading new work. Read More

 29 December 2014

Yesterday I recorded three new poems at the RTE radio studios in Limerick. The poems will be broadcast in the New Year, on a national radio programme, Sunday Miscellany. Huge thanks to Aoife Nic Cormaic, Producer of the show, who put me at my ease from her Dublin studio, and Colin, who looked after me in Limerick. Read More

 18 December 2014

Massive thanks to Paul Casey and to Billy Ramsell for inviting me to read at the O'Bhéal Winter Warmer Festival, November 21/22. This is an extraordinary festival, with wall to wall poetry and prose from established and emerging Irish writers, as well as from guest readers who had travelled from the UK and South Africa to particiate. We heard a myriad of disparate, yet truly 'dialogic' voices.  In my 'set', it was a great honour to read alongside Eugene O'Connell and Fergal Gaynor.  Read More

 26 November 2014

Absolutely thrilled to hear from Jack Little (Editor of the literary journal, The Ofi Press), that my poem Irrepressibly Bare, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. My fellow Irish poet Alvy Carragher has also been nominated by the journal. We are in truly international company. Visit the website and read the poems.  Read More

 18 November 2014

Just coming to the end of my first weeks residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig. I was awarded a two week stay here, as first prize in the 2013 Poetry Ireland/Trocaire Competition.  As well as getting a mountain of work done - first drafts of new poems/editing of old poems and stories, I got to meet extraordinary writers, visual artists, and composers. Everyone here is so kind, Robbie is a real sweetheart. I feel closer now to the completion of my second collection of poems.  I'm ready to go home, but I look forward, very much, to my second week here in the New Year.  Read More

 14 November 2014

So excited, Paul Casey has invited me to read at O'Bhéal Winter Warmer Festival, Nov. 21-22.  A fabulous programme that includes Paula Meehan & Thomas McCarthy. Read More

 5 October 2014

Rosie O'Regan has written a fabulous review of the ‪'Yes, but are we enemies'‬ readings that took place at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Sept 23 for Sabotage Reviews. Read More

 25 September 2014

Sarah Hesketh and I have now read our new collaborated poems, for the 2014 'Yes, but are we enemies' project. We read at the Galway Arts Centre, September 21 and at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, September 23.  It was a great pleasure to get to know Sarah whilst working on the project; she is a massively talented poet.  We got a warm reception for our readings.  Huge thanks to co-curators Steven J Fowler and Christodoulos Makris. Watch Here

 25 September 2014

After a year of solid hard work, it is a great pleasure to see the postive response to the programme for the 2014 Dromineer Literary Festival (October 2-5). Festival Co-ordinator, Bernie McGrath is massive fun to worth with. It's good to laugh, especially as we know September owns us, in the run down to the festival. Read More

 2 September 2014

I’m grateful to poet Christodoulos Makris for inviting me to participate in the ‘Yes, But Are We Enemies’ project. Am especially excited to be collaborating with poet Sarah Hesketh on new work for the venture. We read together in Galway September 21 and in Cork September 23.  Read More

 2 September 2014

An absolute delight to chat with my friend Pat Kelly about my writing, and to give a reading at the Terryglass Arts Festival, Friday lunchtime, August 15 Read More

 17 August 2014

I'm reading at the White House Poetry Event, in Limerick, Wednesday, July 2. 

 1 July 2014

July 10 Over The Edge Writers' Gathering, at Galway City Library, is going to be special, with a rare reading by acclaimed poet Eamon Grennan. In addition Kernan Andrews, Drucilla Wall and I will read our favourite poems from the first three issues of Skylight47. Read More

29 June 2014

I'm judging the Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Competition 2014  The competition is now taking entries. Read More

 29 May 2014

I've been invited to read at the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition Awards, May 28th in the National Library, Dublin.  I was awarded 1st place in the competition last year, in the Published Author Category. See more here. 

 28 May 2014

In May I contributed a poem Conceive to UK poet Rebecca Goss' blog for Children's Heart Week. Read More

28 May 2014

  • Poetry International Read More
  • Backstory, Swinburne University, Melbourne Read More
  • Other Terrain, Swinburne University, Melbourne Read More
  • Offshore, RNLI magazine Read More
  • SOUTHWORD Read More
  • Prelude Magazine (Irish Issue) Read More
  • Public Pool 
  • artPAPIER Polish Literary Journal Read More
  • Irish Times Newspaper Read More
  • Spontaneity Read More
  • The Pickled Body Read More
  • Irish Examiner Newspaper Read More​
  • The Ofi Press Read More
  • Heart Poems for Children’s heart Week on Rebecca Goss’ Blog Read More
  • Airborne: Poetry from Ireland anthology on iBooks Read More
  • And Other Poems (Blog by Poet Josephine Corcoran) Read More
  • Poethead; a poetry blog (Blog by Poet Christine Murray) Read More
  • Ink Sweat and Tears (Blog Ed. Poet and Artist Helen Ivory) Read More
  • Troubadour Poetry Prize 2013 Read More
  • Southword New Writing from Ireland Issue 24 (Online Pblication from the Munster Literature Centre) Read More
  • 2017 Metamorphic: 21 st century poets respond to Ovid. The anthology will celebrate the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Ovid with a tribute volume to his most famous work, Metamorphoses. (Published by Recent Work Press, in association with the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra. Eds. Nessa O'Mahony and Paul Munden)
  • 2017 The Deep Heart’s Core:Irish Poets Revisit A Touchstone Poem (Published by Dedalus Press, Eds Eugene O'Connell and Pat Boran)
  • 2017 A special Irish edition of The Enchanting Verses India (Ed. Patrick Cotter, Director of the Munster Litersture Centre) 
  • 2016 Blackjack: Bilingual (English-Romanian) anthology. 20 contemporary Irish poets (Published by Itaca Magazine, Eds. Viorel Ploeșteanu and Doria Șișu Ploeșteanu)
  • 2015 The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work: An Anthology of Poetry by the Hibernian Writers (Published by Alba Publishing, 2015 Ed. Amanda Bell) 
  • 2015 The Sea: an anthology of poems in aid of the RNLI (Published by Rebel Poetry. Ed. Steve Moore)
  • 2014 Heavenly Bodies: a constellation of poetry (Published by Beautiful Dragons Collaborations. Ed by Rebecca Bilkau.)
  • 2014 Poets Meet Politics Anthology
  • 2013 I Live in Michael Hartnett (Published Limerick Writer's Centre in association with Limerick County Arts Office. Ed James Lawlor)
  • 2011 Leave Us Some Unreality: New Writing from the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Read More.
  • 2011 WOW! Anthology Poetry Prize
  • 2011 Poets Meet Painters Anthology


  • With Nessa O'Mahony for The Attic Sessions. Watch Here
  • With SándorJászberényi for Hungarian newspaper 24. Read More
  • With Bethany Hope for RNLI magazine Read More
  • With Jo Ely for Woven Tale Press Read More
  • With Nuala Ní Chonchúir Read More
  • With Kate Dempsey Read More
  • Galway City Tribune Newspaper
  • The Clare Champion Newspaper
  • The Tipperary People Magazine
  • Sean Rocks, Arena, Arts Programme, RTE Radio
  • Denis O’Sullivan, The Arts Show, TippFm, Radio
  • The Afternoon Show, Clare FM Radio


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  • 2017 Shortlisted for the Dermot Healy Poetry Award 2017. The judge this year is Vona Groarke. Read More
  • 2017 Longlisted for the Dermot Healy Poetry Award 2017. The judge this year is Vona Groarke. Read More
  • 2017 May, Shortlisted Listowel Writers' Week Single Poem Competition. Judge Harry Clifton.
  • 2017 March, Winner in the Poetry Society Members' Competition. The theme was 'Dilemma'. Judge R.A. Villaneuva. Read More
  • 2017 March, Longlisted in the Poetry Society National Poetry Competition. Read More
  • 2016 Shortlisted for The London Magazine Poetry Prize Read More
  • 2016 Highly Commended 2016 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize Read More 
  • 2016 Awarded Tyrone Guthrie Arts Bursary by Tipperary County Council Arts Office
  • 2014 Nominated for the Forward Prize, Best Single Poem by The Stinging Fly.
  • 2014 Nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The Ofi Press. Read Here
  • 2013 Shortlisted for the Strong Shine Poetry Award  Read Here
  • 2014 Longlisted Fish Publishing Poetry Prize
  • 2014 Shortlisted Poets Meet Painters Hungry Hill Poetry
  • 2014 Commended The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize
  • 2013 1st Prize Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition (Published Author Category)
  • 2013 Shortlisted Troubadour Poetry Prize 
  • 2013 Shortlisted Listowel Original Short Poem
  • 2013 Commended The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize
  • 2013 June With 111 writers over 28 hours, helped Set a Guiness World Record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’ in the ‘Read For The World’ event at The Irish Writers Centre.
  • 2011 2nd Prize WOW! Anthology Poetry Prize
  • 2011 Commended Poets Meet Painters Hungry Hill Poetry


  • November 29 2017 Launch of Metamorphic: 21st century poets respond to Ovid, at Poetry Ireland, Parnell Square Dublin.
  • November 20 2017 'Soundings for Simon' fundraising event, The Yellow House, Rathfarnham.
  • September 16 2017 Five Glens Arts Festival, Dermot Healy Award ceremony, Manorhamilton.
  • June 8 2017: 5 Poets with Thomas McCarthy, Ron Carey, Tess Barry and Clodagh Beresford Dunne, presented by the Arts Office of Waterford City and County Council and held at theTown Hall Theatre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
  • May 30 2017 HRH The Duke of Kent KG, President of the RNLI, on his visit to Lough Derg RNLI Lifeobat Station. Read More
  • May29 2017 The Eden, hosts Paul Bregazzi & Ron Carey
  • April 29 2017 Reading in Budapest with poet Stephen Connolly
  • April 25 2017 Cúirt International Festival of LIterature, Galway - Placing the Word: Paintings and Prints by Dolores Lyne and Margaret Irwin. Reading alongside poets Eileen Sheehan, James Martyn Joyce and Ellen Cranitch.
  • April 19 2017 Cork World Book Festival - 7pm C​ork City Library, Launch of The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit A Touchstone Poem. Eds Eugene O'Connell & Pat Boran. Read More
  • April 12 2017 Staccato Read More
  • February 16 2017 Poetry Reading, with Eileen Sheehan, Cork City Library, Cork International Poetry Festival 
  • February 15 2017 Poetry Reading The Enchanting Verses International, guest edited by Patrick Cotter, Cork City Library,Cork International Poetry Festival
  • Februry 10 2017 Poetry Reading, Panel Discussion, A World of Our Own - Woman's Voices from Three Continents in Cultural Exchange, alongside fellow Irish poet Clodagh Beresford Dunne, Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck and American poets Jan Beatty and Tess Barry, Bookfair event,AWP, Washington DC 
  • February 9 2017 Poetry Reading, Pittsburgh Poetry Review at The Greene Turtle, with thanks to poets and editors Michael Albright and Jennifer Jackson Berry for the opportunity, AWP, Washington DC
  • November 19 2016 Poetry Reading, Prithvi House, Mumbai International Literary Festival. With poet and author Keki Daruwalla and novelist Umi Sinha. 
  • November 19 2016 Poetry Reading and Talk, Sophia College, Mumbai International Literary Festival. With poet Angelica Freitas, 
  • November 17 2016 Poetry Reading, NCPA, Mumbai International Literary Festival. Reading with poets Adil Jussawala, Keki Daruwalla and Zingonia Zingone. 
  • October 8 2016 The Launching Party with Catherine Anne Cullen and Mark Fiddes, introduced by Thomas McCarthy, Dromineer Literary Festival, O
  • April 20 2016 Featured Reader, Launch of Robert Morris University’s annual literary magazine ‘Rune’, Wheatley Atrium, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh 
  • April 20 2016 Interview/reading, ‘Literature Out Loud’, Robert Morris’ Literary Radio Show, Pittsburgh
  • April 20 2016 Reading & Talk, Robert Morris University Undergraduate English Students, Pittsburgh 
  • April 19 2016 Reading, Red Dog Reading Series, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, 
  • April 19 2016 Radio interview/reading, ‘Prosody’, a public radio show on National Public Radio affiliate WESA-FM, which features the work of national writers. Prosody is produced and hosted by poet Jan Beatty. 
  • April 19 2016 Reading & Lecture, ‘Madwomen in the Attic Writers Workshops’ Carlow University, Pittsburgh 
  • April 18 2016 Reading & Workshop, The Ellis School, Pittsburgh 
  • Featured Speaker, Robert Morris University's Honors College, Pittsburgh, April 18 2016
  • September 24 2015 Cork International Short Story Festival, 
  • July 2015 Stanzas, Limerick. Read with Roisin Kelly 
  • March 28 2015 Doolin Writers' Weekend at Hotel Doolin, County Clare. Reading alongside Graham Allen, Jean Kavanagh, Dave Lordan and Christine Dwyer Hickey, Saturday: doolinwritersweekend
    • March 18 2015 Double Shot readings in Books Upstairs, Dublin,  alongside poets Angela Carr and Ciaran O'Rourke: Double Shot Books Upstairs
      • January 18 2015 My poem 'Light Airs' was broadcast on Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1, : Read More:
      • December 28, 2014 My poem 'Living' was broadcast on Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1,  (36:44 in): Read More:
      • November 21 2014 O'Bhéal WinterWarmer Festival, Cork, Read More:
      • Sept. 21 in Galway & Cork Sept 23 2014 'Yes, But Are We Enemies' Project. Reading work produced in collaboration with Sarah Hesketh Read More: yesbutareweenemies
      • August 15 2014 Terryglass Arts Festival Read More: terryglassartsfestival
      • July 10 2014 Over The Edge, Galway City Literary Event Read More:
      • July 2 2014 White House Poetry, Limerick 
      • May 28 2014​ Read at Trocaire/Poetry Ireland's Competition Award Ceremoy, National Library, Dublin
      • April 12 2014 Read with US Poet Nikky Finney at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway Read More:
      • October 2012 with Leeanne Quinn, Fiona Sampson, Grace Wells, Pat Boran, Dromineer Literary Festival 
      • 2013 White House Poetry, Limerick 
      • 2012 On The Nail, The Limerick Writers’ Centre 
      • 2012 Ó Bhéal, Poetry Readings, Cork 
      • 2012 Over The Edge, Galway City Literary Events, 
      • October 2011 with Tony Curtis and Patrick Moran, Poetry Evening, Dromineer Literary
  • Prosody with Jan Beatty, Pittsburgh Radio for Contemporary Literature Listen Here  
  • Sunday Miscellany, RTE Radio 1 Listen Here and here and here
  • Poetry Programme, RTE Radio 1 Listen Here
  • Arena, Arts Programme, RTE Radio 1 Listen Here
  • The Arts Programme, TippFM Radio


  • 2016 Awarded 1st Prize in the Bare Fiction, Flash Fiction competition for 'The Lesson'. Judge Richard Skinner. Read More
  • 2015 Commended in the Bare Fiction Flash, Fiction competition for 'Sage'. Judge Amanda Readman. 
  • 2012 Winner 10 word Short Story Competition by @shortstoryday, as part of National Short Story Day.
  • 2011 Winner Frank X Buckley Flash Short Story competition, Irish Writers' Centre
  • 2011 Joint 2nd Prize Winner William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story competition
  • 2009/10 ‘Idioms’ Shortlisted  Fish Publishing One-Page Story Prize
  • 2009/10 ‘Digging Holes’ Shortlisted  Fish Publishing Short Story Prize
  • 2018 February 6. My flash fiction 'The Man in Bed Eight' is published in the Irish Times. With thanks to Martin Doyle, Books Editor at the paper. Read More 
  • 2017 Review of Graham Allen's The Madhouse System (New Binary Press) and Alvy Carragher's Falling in love with broken things (Salmon Poetry)online at The Stinging Fly website. Read More
  • 2017 Recording of my Flash Fiction 'Sage' for RNLI magazine Offshore Listen Here 
  • 2016 Short Story 'Digging Holes' published in The Woven Tale Press. Read More
  • 2016 Flash fiction 'The Lesson' published in Bare Fiction literary journal.
  • 2015 Flash fiction 'Sage' published in the inaugural issue of Banshee literary journal. Read More
  • 2015 Review of Robin Robertson’s poetry collection ‘Hill of Doors’ in the Irish Times.  View here
  • 2015 Account of my visit to the US Library of Congress to meet and listen to two US poet laureates, Charles Wright and Charles Simic in conversation with the editor of Poetry magazine, Don Share. View here
  • A Tug of Blue 
    • The Shadow Owner's Companion
    • Dedalus Press
    • 9781910251225 Paperback (Buy Here)
  • 9781906614546 Paperback (Buy Here)

 REVIEWS of A Tug of Blue 

"Omens are everywhere...

This sense of being haunted, or of lving in waking nightmares, recurs in many poems. [...]

Hooker perusades us through the sheer beauty of her imagery, for all its Poe-like darkness. [...]

Hooker's gift is a troubling one; one is charmed and haunted by her poetry in equal measure."​ 

Nessa O'Mahony, Poetry Ireland Review, August 2017

"In A Tug of Blue, her second collection, one is immediately struck by how defamiliarised the world of her poems seems, an effect achieved as much by the texture of the language she uses as by the unsettling angles at which she approaches her subject matter. [...]

Hooker identifies the pulses of unease and despair, but her poems do not reach for ready consolations. [...]​

...there is a Plath-like weight to her phrasing - 'I eat the dark so she can see me' - that presents to us the strangeness of what appears familiar'​ "

Bill Tinley - The Furrow July/August 2017 

"Hooker is indeed a clever poet, drawing us ever deeper into the dark seas of this collection, this tug of blue, as if we ourselves are the ghost ships drifting through her imagination."

Roisin Kelly - Southword, May 2017  ​

"Hooker's poetry flourishes at the intersection between the natural and human worlds, especially within the ecosystem of Lough Derg, with its fish and its ravens."

Jonathan Davidson - ​Poetry Review UK (Spring 2017)

​"Uneasy with their own introspection, poems such as Weathering, Upended and Mirrored remind one of Paul Celan and Samuel Beckett in their logical nightmare-scapes. Throw in Edgar Allan Poe for good measure, as Eleanor Hooker has a similar taste for exquisite terror. [...]

Eleanor Hooker’s fervid imaginative powers have bestowed upon her fortunate readers vividly adventurous and challenging poems which demand to be read and read again” (Full review Here)

Paddy Kehoe 
 RTÉ Books, October 2016

[A Tug of Blue] is a beauty, Eleanor, seventy pages of sagacity and lakeside humanism or unitarianism. [...] You are so aware of near immortal forces at work in water and wind, it makes your work immensely powerful morally as well as aesthetically. You are ever making your way, radioing ahead 'centre your rudder' to those who come to your lyrics; you will always be highly prized in any room of Rankings.

A Tug of Blue is an even more rudder-centred collection, focused, cohering around navigation and rescue, around family and daemons; poetry for you, like the lake, is a tug of blue. It is clean, clear water, it is also a hand-made artisan autumn tray of gifts to the constant reader of poetry. A voyage well taken and a safe landing well achieved, of this I'm certain.​

Thomas McCarthy The Launching Party​, Dromineer Literary Festival, October 2016

​"Eleanor Hooker’s A Tug of Blue is a very fine book of gently contained yet forceful poems.​" 

Colin Graham - his favourite books 2016​

REVIEWS The Shadow Owner's Companion

“The achievements are certainly not orphans in this book; it is teeming with both major and minor poems of really notable excellence and quirky intelligence. […] Hooker has a brilliantly nutured and culturally stretched imagination. The Shadow Owner’s Companion is a wonderful collection of poems, bringing both learned and elemental evidence to the printed page for the first time. This is very special work indeed.”

Thomas McCarthy 
 Poetry Ireland Review 

“ ‘The Island’ , a personal favourite and one of the most achieved poems in the collection, is a narrative poised between dream and reality that starts out with the epic assurance of Richard Murphy: […] Yet beyond the poem’s convincing actuality, the narrative is cunningly imagined and ends, impressively, on a note of Yeatsian nostalgia…”

David Cooke  Agenda

“Whether she’s describing a real life rescue or an alternate reality, Hooker has the artistry to anchor each image firmly in her reader’s mind and then to give it a good, star-exploding twist. As an emerging Irish poet, Eleanor Hooker may be destined to make serious waves. Brace yourselves!” Read more

Bridget SproulsSouthword

“Eleanor Hooker’s debut collection, The Shadow Owner’s Companion, is haunted by childhood memories, and by the fears unleashed by imagination itself. Its poems grapple with the intensity of this material and with its revelatory potential." 

Lucy Collins The Stinging Fly

“The Shadow Owner’s Companion, by Eleanor Hooker, contains two very different and mutually antagonistic worlds: call them night and waking, call them surface and immersion. […]
Lording it over this under-realm is the figure of the pike, which strikes me as the speaker’s dark and toothsome double, a recurring malignance no more electable than her own shadow or reflection.  Such poems bring the clammy uncertainties of childhood re-seeping into the brain’s folds with a persistence I’ve not seen matched in recent years. This most bipolar of companions is a book that jerks us repeatedly between light and dark, between breath and immersion, with a violent and to my mind unforgettable suddenness.”
Billy Ramsell Judge of the Strong/Shine award for Best First Collection 2012, citation on shortlist. 


You can purchase Eleanors book at Dedalus press HERE

The Shadow Owner's Companion by Eleanor Hooker
The shadow owner's companion

You can purchase Eleanors debut books at Dedalus press HERE


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