The Spanish-Italian Border  is out!  It can be purchased from Arc Publications here:  or ordered through your local bookshop.
Read my interview with Arc on their blog here:     
My latest pamphlet is part of the wonderful Clutag Press Five Poems series.  It can be purchased here:
Arco Iris 

Driving from Alhama de Granada
through the deep plains, blue mountains up ahead
with heavy bruiser clouds rolling in,
we sped towards the city of Granada
hoping to beat the storm,
Alfonso as ever at the wheel, (O Charon, Charon!)
Concha at his side, half-turned toward us
huddled in the back, her whole face crinkling
with laughter at my stuttering translations.

“Clouds” - I pointed through the window-  nubes,
thenhailstones - aguanieve, tormenta – “storm”.
Our little car was battered as we spoke,
with hail and wind, buffeted none-too-gently
from side to side. And then we saw it
flung out on the air, a mile or so
off in the distance.  All a glitter,
a rope of light refracted through water.
I mimed an arc, a bow, a bridge,
as Concha hooted. And you said,
very slowly, as if surprised,
in pitch-perfect, elegant castellano:
Arco. Arco iris. Rainbow! Rainbow!


Prizes, Awards, Residencies etc

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

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.   Dream Endings is available from Rack Press:

Other Prizes and Activities:
2nd prize in the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Competition 2007
Commended in the Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2007
Shortlisted for Strokestown Poetry Prize 2006
Longlisted for Bridport Prize 2005
2nd Prize at the Oxfam Literature Festival 2004
Winner of supplementary prize in the Bridport Prize 2002
Special Commendation and runners up prize in the 7th How do I love thee? Open Poetry Competition Jan 2002.
Shortlisted for the 2001 TLS Poetry Competition
Published in Poetry Ireland Review Spring 2016 as part of the 2016: Rising Generation edition.
Read in Dublin as part of the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in June 2008

Kings Lynn Festival, John Hewitt Spring Festival. 

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


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