Peter Sirr

Everyone who takes poetry seriously should read him attentively.

Bernard O’Donoghue, The Irish Times

[his] welcome art has come to distinguish a new generation of irish poets whose urbanities have a clearly European aspect.

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Peter Sirr was born in 1960 and lives in Dublin where he works as a freelance writer and translator.

Awards include the O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, 1998 and the Michael Hartnett Award, 2011.

The Gallery Press has published Marginal Zones (1984), Talk, Talk (1987), Ways of Falling (1991), The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange (1995), Bring Everything (2000), Selected Poems and Nonetheless (both 2004), The Thing Is (Winner of the 2011 Michael Hartnett Award), The Rooms (2014) and Sway (2016). The Gravity Wave was published in 2019, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Winner of the 2020 Farmgate Café National Poetry Award.

He has recently been appointed Arts Council’s Irish Language Literature Adviser. He contributes reviews and essays to various publications, many of which can be read on his website.

A member of Aosdána he is married to the poet Enda Wyley.


Books for Breakfast: A fortnightly look at fiction and poetry hosted by poets and writers Peter Sirr and Enda Wyley. Also features the Toaster Challenge where guest writers are given the time it takes to make toast to talk about a book that has resonated with them.

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The Gravity Wave


Each poem seems written with immense care, not only to arrange words scintillatingly, but also to preserve the briefest, most otherwise-ephemeral details. Reading these poems, we’re reminded that exactly where we’re vulnerable is where change is possible.’
— from the PBS judge’s citation

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