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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


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Product Detail

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

About The Author


Jessica Traynor, born 1984, is from Dublin. Her first collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. Poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe, 2015) If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press, 2014) Poetry Ireland Review, One, The Stony Thursday Book, Abridged, The Penny Dreadful, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. Poems have been broadcast on RTÉ’s Poetry Programme, Arena and Sunday Miscellany. In 2015, she was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre and Ireland 2016 to write a poem as part of the Easter Rising Commemorations. She is 2014 recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. She was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013 and won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize. She was the 2010 recipient of a Dublin City Council Literature Bursary and in 2009, was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series. Her poetry has been translated into Irish, Polish, Czech and Italian and was projected in Krakow in 2014 and Prague and Dunedin in 2015 as part of the Unesco City of Literature Programme. She works as Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre. REVIEW EXCERPT "Traynor is a poet to keep reading and listening to. Her language is fresh, erudite and engaging. Her writing future is sure to be a bright one" — Libby Hart, Cordite Review

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