The Spanish-Italian Border is launched! It can be purchased from Arc Publications here:
or ordered through your local bookshop.

Read my interview with Arc on their blog here:

Read a review of The Spanish-Italian Border here:

Your first wobbles they put down to wobbliness
in general. Then your many falls and tumbles
raised the red flag for danger,
sent them hurtling for a diagnosis,
which took its time coming: Ataxia
 – O elegant word! – from the Greek,
meaning lack of order (in your case, balance),
progressive, degenerative, part of you. 

Your unsteady sway naturally caused problems
when it came to casting for the school play
(The Owl and the Pussycat, we were still primary),
until Mrs Galassy or Mrs Cox –
whose kindly stroke of genius was it? –
placed you upheld between two other girls,
each holding an arm, firmly,
all swaying in unison, as the West Wind,
and intoning the chorus
(something like ‘Blow wind, whoo HOO!’),
while we in the audience, your parents and sisters,
laughed at your shenanigans up on the stage,
rolled around in our laughter like a windswept sea.

Michael Marks Award 2012

Dream Endings 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. More info here:

Dream Endings is available from Rack Press, here:

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.


Dream Endings (Rack Press) Wins Michael Marks Pamphlet Award 2012
Gothic - joint 2nd prize - Brendan Kennelly Poetry Competition 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