Aoife Lyall's debut collection, Mother, Nature explores the tragic and tender experiences of pregnancy and early motherhood and will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2021.
Awarded an Emerging Scottish Writer residency by Cove Park in 2020 and twice shortlisted for the Hennessy New Writing Awards, her poems have also been shortlisted in the Wells Festival of Literature Open Poetry Competition and the Jane Martin Poetry Prize.
She was longlisted for the inaugural Rebecca Swift Women Poets’ Prize in 2018. Her poems have appeared, or are upcoming in Acumen, Banshee Lit, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Finished Creatures, Gutter, The Interpreter’s House, The Irish Times, Magma, New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now, Poetry Ireland Review, RAUM, Stand, Staying Human: new poems for staying alive (Bloodaxe), The Stinging Fly, and Under the Radar, among others.
Aoife has worked as a guest curator for the Scottish Poetry Library and as a guest editor for Butcher’s Dog. Her reviews have appeared in Browse, The Interpreters’ House and Poetry London.
She lives and works in the Scottish Highlands with her family.
A taste of Aoife's work