St. Brigids Day 2020.pdf

Jessica Traynor.

Her debut collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award and was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on It has recently been translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil. Her second collection, The Quick, was was an Irish Times poetry choice of 2019. Her latest collection, Pit Lullabies, (Bloodaxe Books, 2022), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

She has worked as Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre and Deputy Museum Director of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. She is Poet in Residence at the Yeats Society, Sligo and a Creative Fellow of UCD. 

In 2019, she co-edited Correspondences: an anthology to call for an end to direct provision with actor Stephen Rea, bringing together asylum seekers in Ireland’s direct provision system with Irish writers. The book was a best-seller, with all proceeds going to MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland).

Photos by Bríd O’Donovan.

At the invitation of H.E. Seán Hoy, Ambassador of Ireland to Brazil, poet Jessica Traynor gives a poetry reading at the Ambassador's official residence,  to celebrate International Women's Day and Saint Brigid's Day.

A convite de Sua Excelência Seán Hoy, Embaixador da Irlanda no Brasil, a poetisa Jessica Traynor faz uma leitura de poesia na residência oficial da Embaixadora, para celebrar o Dia Internacional da Mulher e o Dia de Santa Brigida.

Jessica Traynor gives a poetry reading at the residence of the Irish Ambassador to Brazil, H E Seán Hoy, in Brasilia in March 2020. Pictured here in the company of Michelle Alvarenga, Lecturer at the English Department of the University of Brasília & PhD candidate in Irish Contemporary Theatre at the University of São Paulo.

Photograph: Saulo Cruz

Jessica Traynor faz uma leitura de poesia na residência do embaixador irlandês no Brasil, H E Seán Hoy, em Brasília, em Março de 2020. Fotografada aqui na companhia de Michelle Alvarenga, Professora no Departamento de Inglês da Universidade de Brasília & candidata a doutoramento em Teatro Contemporâneo Irlandês na Universidade de São Paulo.

On the occasion of Saint Brigid’s day, when we celebrate the mythological pre-Christian goddess associated with Spring and healing, and Ireland’s patron saint of the same name, the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland brings you the voices of several of our women colleagues who are working for peace around the world. This is an opportunity to commemorate the legacy of Eavan Boland who died in 2020. In this video, you will find an extract of Eavan Boland’s poem, ‘Our future will become the past of other women’, commissioned to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, as a message of support for, and celebration of, all women building peace around the world.