Posted by: eileencaseywriter | December 6, 2012


Eileen Casey, originally from the Midlands, lives in Tallaght, South Dublin.

Her debut poetry collection Drinking the Colour Blue was published by New Island. Snow Shoes (Arlen House), a collection of short stories was published in 2012.

From Bone to Blossom  (Altents Publishing, Rua Red), a collaborative work with visual artist Emma Barone,featuring an introduction by Grace Wells, received support from Offaly County Council and South Dublin County Council. She devised and edited Flavours of Home and South of the County: New Myths and Tales, which showcases the work of writers from South County Dublin.

She has shown three poetry-in-public places installations: ‘Seagulls’ (2006, Tallaght Community Arts Centre); ‘Reading fire, Writing flame’ (2007, Áras an Chontae, Tullamore); and ‘The Jane Austen Sewing Kit’ (2007, Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival).

She has won many national and international awards for both poetry and fiction, including The Oliver Goldsmith International Poetry Award, 2008, and the poetry category winner in The Green Book Festival, 2010, Los Angeles. Her awards for fiction include A Hennessy Literary Award (Emerging Fiction), The Cecil Day Lewis Prize, The Maria Edgeworth Award, South Tipperary Literary Festival Award, Listowel Writers Week (short fiction) Awards.

She was the visiting poet at Eastern Kentucky University Winter Programme in Lexington, 2011, assisted by Culture Ireland.

She lives in Tallaght, South County Dublin, and is currently a creative writing tutor in adult education. She holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Humanities from Dublin City University and an M.Phil in Creative Writing from The Oscar Wilde Centre, The School of English, Trinity College, Dublin.