Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce, Irish poet

Colette Bryce, Keough Fellow and Writer in Residence, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Colette Byrce was a Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dundee (2003-05) and then held the North East Literary Fellowship in Newcastle 2005-07.  Recently short listed for the 2014 Costa Poetry Award for her collection The Whole & Rain-domed Universe, Bryce is regarded as a top Irish poet. In nominating her work to the short list, the judges noted her work was “A deft, important collection – lyrical yet grounded, playful but resonant.”  Bryce won the Cholmondeley Award in 2010.

Having received an Eric Gregory Award in 1995, she published her first collection, The Heel of Bernadette, in 2000. She won the National Poetry Competition in 2003 with “The Full Indian Rope Trick”, which was voted the favorite winning poem in 2008 in a poll to celebrate 30 years of the National Poetry Competition, and became the title poem of her second collection, The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004). Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008) was her notable third collection.

As Keough Fellow and Writer in Residence this spring, Bryce will give a poetry reading and graduate seminar.