About

Audrey Molloy - Irish PoetAudrey Molloy is an Irish-Australian poet. Her debut collection, The Important Things (The Gallery Press, 2021) received the 2021 Anne Elder Award for a first collection of poetry and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022.

Audrey’s chapbook, Satyress, was published by Southword Editions in 2020. In 2022 Pitt Street Poetry will publish Ordinary Time, a collaboration with Australian poet Anthony Lawrence.

Born in Dublin and raised in the coastal village of Blackwater, County Wexford, Audrey now lives in Sydney. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the Manchester Writing School (Manchester Metropolitan University).

Drawing on a range of influences from multimedia culture to science and medicine, her poetry explores aspects of modern femininity, motherhood, transformation and impermanence in lyrical verse and prose poems. The pain of distance and displacement is also a common theme in her writing. Her recent work seeks to engage more directly with the natural world of her adopted country, and to explore ideas of ‘home’ in the context of the Irish diaspora.

Audrey’s poetry has appeared in literary journals including Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The North, Magma, Stand, Mslexia, Southword, The Moth, The Irish Times, The Australian, The Tangerine and Meanjin.  In 2022 Audrey received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and was also shortlisted for the 2022 Red Room Poetry Fellowship.  She was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship in 2020.

In 2019 she received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the An Post Irish Book Award (APIBA) for Irish Poem of the Year. Her work has been nominated for the Forward Prize and shortlisted for several other awards.

In 2021 she collaborated with Morag Anderson, Barbara DeCoursey Roy and Maeve McKenna on How Bright the Wings Drive Us, which won the Dreich Alliance Chapbook competition. Along with her three collaborators, Audrey was featured poet in the 2022 Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series, produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum.

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