Jessica Traynor’s debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, it was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com. She’s currently under commission by BBC, and also by Music for Galway to write an opera with composer Elaine Agnew for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. A choral song cycle, ‘An Island Sings’, was commissioned by Poetry Ireland and Chamber Choir Ireland and was performed in the National Concert Hall in March 2019. Her second collection, ‘The Quick’, was published in 2018.
In 2019, she edited ‘Correspondences: An anthology to call for an end to direct provision’ with actor Stephen Rea, bringing together artists and writers in direct provision with Irish writers. Correspondences will launch at the Dublin Book Festival in 2019. She is the 2020 Carlow Writer in Residence, and is the recipient of the 2020 Banagher Public Art Commission.