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    United Kingdom

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Research Statement

I have published four poetry collections with Jonathan Cape: These Days (2004), Drives (2008) Profit and Loss (2011) and The Radio (2017).  These have won an Eric Gregory Award, The Forward Prize for Best First Collection, The Rooney Prize for Irish Writing, a Major Individual Artist’s Award from the Arts Council NI, The Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Prize for Irish Literature, the AWB Vincent Literary Award and The Irish Times Poetry Now Award. I have also been nominated for the Costa Poetry Prize and the T S Eliot Prize, and, after my first book, was selected as one of twenty 'Next Generation poets' by the Poetry Book Society.

I publish poetry in contemporary poetry journals, including Poetry ReviewPoetry LondonGranta, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry (Chicago).  My poetry has been collected in anthologies of contemporary poetry, among others The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (2010) and Poesie Irlandais Contemporaine (2013). I’ve travelled widely to give readings at literary festivals and events, most recently, improbably, to the University of Oulu in Finland and to Newfoundland.  

In my time as a Research Fellow at the Seamus Heaney I published a monograph Reading Medbh McGuckian with Irish Academic Press, about trying to make sense of Northern Irish poet Medbh McGuckian in light of feminist theory. I also contributed a chapter on Medbh McGuckian to The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2010).  I have written essays on my own writing for The Edinburgh Review and The Irish University Review, and I edited five issues of the poetry journal The Yellow Nib with Frank Ormsby.


I am involved in the teaching of Creative Writing within the English subject area at undergraduate level through to MA-level teaching and including supervision of PhDs.  I am primary supervisor to one part-time and four full-time students undertaking PhDs in Creative Writing. 

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Research Output

'Mid-term in Belfast'

Flynn, L., 06 Dec 2018

Research output: Other contribution

'This House Believes'

Flynn, L., 05 Oct 2018

Research output: Other contribution

The Radio

Flynn, L., 01 Nov 2017, Jonathan Cape. 64 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Catullus translations, Poetry Review

Flynn, L., 01 Apr 2016, London : Poetry Review.

Research output: Other contribution

Two poems, Granta

Flynn, L., 01 Apr 2016, Granta.

Research output: Other contribution


AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award

Flynn, Leontia (Recipient), 20 Jun 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Eric Gregory Award

Flynn, Leontia (Recipient), Jun 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Forward Prize for Best First Poetry Collection

Flynn, Leontia (Recipient), Oct 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Irish Times Poetry Now Prize

Flynn, Leontia (Recipient), 01 Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Lawrence O'Shaugnessy Prize for Irish Poetry

Flynn, Leontia (Recipient), 20 Apr 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


External Examiner PhD

Leontia Flynn (Examiner)

18 Jun 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Panel member to select International Poetry Fellow at QUB (Event)

Leontia Flynn (Advisor)

01 Jun 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

W.B. Yeats International Summer School

Leontia Flynn (Invited speaker)

21 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Winchester Poetry Festival

Leontia Flynn (Invited speaker)

05 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

Talk to students at York University

Leontia Flynn (Invited speaker)

16 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

'Crossing the Border'

Leontia Flynn


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities