The Spanish-Italian Border can be purchased from Arc Publications here:     https://www.arcpublications.co.uk/  or ordered through your local bookshop.
Read my interview with Arc on their blog here: http://www.arcpublications.co.uk/blog/roisin-tierney-on-the-spanish-italian-border-222     
My latest pamphlet is part of the wonderful Clutag Press Five Poems series.  It can be purchased here:  http://www.clutagpress.com/
  


The Finding


Look around when you have got your first mushroom or made your first discovery: they grow in clusters. George Pólya

He, though, had an almost melted look.
Too many years spent thumbing the ancient tracts,
fumbling with his crucible and pen,
trying to turn piss into gold.  Pah!
He was nothing but trouble. The facts
do not uphold. Piss is what it is. How
his wife put up with the stink! Neighbours
grumbled, yet surrendered their pisspots,
afraid of his squinny, his mad blue stare.
Once he dampened some straw with the stuff,
let it rot down, set it alight.  POUF!
That’s when we said it was time to stop,
but he kept on secretly, using his own dribble
and whatever other ‘streams of fortune’
came his way;  the odd pedlar’s or wayfarer’s,
even his mares’ great gush, until one day
he noticed that a quantity boiled down
gave up not gold, but a ‘devilish light’.
We drove all three of them out of town,
the alchemist, his sad wife, their baby,
which had the most angelic face, dimples,
pink grin, the softest golden curls.




Prizes, Awards, Residencies etc


Michael Marks Award 2012:  Dream Endings (Rack Press) won the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award 2012.  Chair of Judges Alan Jenkins said: Roisin Tierney's subjects may be the dark ones of human vulnerability and anguish, but the poems in this wonderfully cohesive and well-organized sequence rest on solid and graceful foundations of precision, musicality and wit. A remarkable solo debut from this already much-noticed poet.  



Other Prizes and Activities:

Published- Poetry Ireland Review 2016: Rising Generation edition (Spring 2016)
Poem (Gone) highly commended in 2014 Forward Prize
Dream Endings (Rack Press) wins Michael Marks Award 2012
Read in Dublin - Poetry Ireland Introduction Series June 2008
2nd prize - Brendan Kennelly Poetry Competition 2007
Commended - Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2007
Shortlisted - Strokestown Poetry Prize 2006
Longlisted - Bridport Prize 2005
2nd Prize - Oxfam Literature Festival 2004
Supplementary prize - Bridport Prize 2002
Special Commendation and runners up prize - 7th How do I love thee? Open Poetry Competition Jan 2002.
Shortlisted  TLS Poetry Competition 2001
Festivals:
Kings Lynn Festival, John Hewitt Spring Festival, Strokestown Poetry Festival

Poet in Residence at Harvard Summer School, Centre for Hellenic Studies, Nafplion, Greece – July 2012

Currently a tutor at The Poetry School
 

Other Publications (Pamphlets)


Dream Endings, Rack Press - Winner of Michael Marks Award 2012

Dream Endings begins with a glimpse of the poet's dying sister and concludes in high style with an unusually exuberant funeral. In between, Roisin Tierney assembles a cast of rare misfits and eccentrics in order to explore the interconnected themes of illness, madness, incest and death. Her vision is at all times tender and non-judgmental, and her language remarkable both for the limpidity of its surface and the depths it allows us to apprehend. £4


The Art Of Wiring, Ondt & Gracehoper


Poems by Simon Barraclough, Isobel Dixon, Luke Heeley, Christopher Reid, Liane Strauss, and Roisin Tierney. £8





Ask For It By Name, Unfold Press



Poems by Simon Barraclough, Olivia Cole, Isobel Dixon, Luke Heeley, Liane Strauss and Roisin Tierney. Design by Lynn Stewart. "A well-stocked anthology of fresh produce from six prize-winning poets. Behind the bottles and the butter you'll find Mussolini cheating on the tennis court and meet the shark from Jaws in a Yorkshire millpond; glimpse the love of woman for orang-utan and make it across the Spanish-Italian border; spy on the hobbies of cowboys and drink deep of the Molotov cocktail of love..." £5/€7,00




Unfold


Poems by Simon Barraclough, Helen Clare, Andrew Dilger, Isobel Dixon and Roisin Tierney. Design by Lynne Stuart. £5


Gobby Deegan’s Riposte, Donut Press


Poems by Edward Barker, Susan Grindley, Valerie Josephs, Barbara Marsh, Graham Mummery, Daljit Nagra, John Stammers, Roisin Tierney, Sinead Wilson.

Individual Poems

Gone - highly commended in 2014 Forward Prize
Gothic - joint 2nd prize - Brendan Kennelly Prize 2007
Invierno - commended -Ware Poets  Poetry Competition 2007
Trajectory - runner up -Strokestown Prize 2006
Untitled – longlisted -Bridport Prize 2005
Becoming – 2nd Prize - Oxfam Literature Festival 2004
Feet - Supplementary prize- Bridport Prize 2002
Crush -A Special Commendation- 7th How do I love thee? Open Poetry Competition Jan 2002.
Half Mile Down - shortlisted -2001 TLS Poetry Competition