Rita Kelly

Rita Kelly was born in Galway in 1953. Full-time writer of poetry, fiction, drama and criticism, in both English and Irish.

Has lived on the River Barrow at the Lock House, Maganey, 4 miles north of Carlow Town since 1972. She came to live there with her late husband, the poet & writer Eoghan Ó Tuairisc or Eugene Watters.

-She has won various awards for her work, including the Sean Ó Riordain Oireachtas Award; an Irish Times Poetry Award; Maxwell House Award.
-She has been awarded Arts Council Bursaries a various points in her career.
-Has been part of the Poets' Tour of Scotland & the Highlands on three occasions.
-She was chosen to attend the first National Workshops established by the Arts Council in the 70's and conducted by Anthony Cronin & John McGahern.
-She has read from her work in Ireland and abroad. She has read with Kazuo Ishiguro, Maire Mhac an tSaoi, Desmond Hogan et al.
-She has worked closely with many Writers' Groups throughout the country including Schools, Colleges and Prisons
-She is part of the Writers-in-Schools scheme since the early 80's
-Her work has been translated into German, Italian, French and Dutch.
-Her short stories were placed on the Literature Courses at Yale in the late 80's, that took her to the US.
-She is widely anthologised.
-Her Kelly reads Bewick won two Print Awards including the Best Printed Book in Ireland for 2001

Maire Mhac an tSaoi has said that "she is a love-poet of great lyric, power and beauty"

She has been Writer-in-Residence for Co. Laois and Co. Cavan.


Kelly reads Bewick, Arlen House, Dublin.
A critical and appreciative response to 50 of Pauline Bewick's Paintings

Travelling West, Arlen House, Dublin.
Poetry in English and Irish with translations by Edel Connolly.

Cavan Anthology (Editor), Cavan County Council.

From Here to the Horizon (Editor), Laois County Council.

Carlow Anthology (Editor), Carlow Writers.

Carlow Anthology (Editor), Carlow Writers.

Farewell-Beir Beannacht, Attic Press, Dublin.
Poetry in English and Irish with translations by herself

The Whispering Arch, Arlen House, Dublin.
Collection of short stories

Poetry Ireland Review, Vol. 13, (Editor)

An Bealach Eadóigh, Coiscéim, Dublin.
Collection of Irish Poetry

Dialann sa Díseart, Coiscéim, Dublin.
Collection of Irish Poetry with her late husband Eoghan Ó Tuairisc

Éigse Carlow Review, (Editor)

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