Her poems have won many prizes. She has won the Hennessy Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, the Friends Provident National Poetry Prize, joint winner of the Irish Times Award for Poetry, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Scholarships and residencies have taken her around the world to countries including Australia, France and China.
Kerry Hardie’s Selected Poems distils almost twenty years’ work, charts adventures in Australia, China, Paris and the Pyrenees and encompasses grief and loss while honouring thirty years of marriage. Above all, her work maps emotional states, ‘the way things are’ . . . ‘all as it is’ . . . ‘Lives. Theirs, ours. Human times are mostly hard.’