Peter Sirr

Everyone who takes poetry seriously should read him attentively.

Bernard O’Donoghue, The Irish Times

[his] welcome art has come to distinguish a new generation of irish poets whose urbanities have a clearly European aspect.

O’Shaughnessy Citation

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Peter Sirr was born in 1960 and lives in Dublin where he works as a freelance writer and translator.

Awards include the O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, 1998 and the Michael Hartnett Award, 2011.

The Gallery Press has published Marginal Zones (1984), Talk, Talk (1987), Ways of Falling (1991), The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange (1995), Bring Everything (2000), Selected Poems and Nonetheless (both 2004), The Thing Is (Winner of the 2011 Michael Hartnett Award), The Rooms (2014) and Sway (2016). The Gravity Wave was published in 2019, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Winner of the 2020 Farmgate Café National Poetry Award. Intimate City, a collection of Dublin essays, was published to critical acclaim in 2021.

He has recently been appointed Arts Council’s Irish Language Literature Adviser. He contributes reviews and essays to various publications, many of which can be read on his website.

A member of Aosdána he is married to the poet Enda Wyley.


Books for Breakfast: A fortnightly look at fiction and poetry hosted by poets and writers Peter Sirr and Enda Wyley. Also features the Toaster Challenge where guest writers are given the time it takes to make toast to talk about a book that has resonated with them.

Intimate City - Peter Sirr

Intimate City

Intimate City, Peter Sirr’s rich and rewarding essays reflect a long-standing attachment to and obsession with the Dublins of the past and present. Present and past, personal and public, memory and invention intersect in a book enlivened by the sense of the city as a layered place where people have lived and died for more than a thousand years.

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