chris murray

Murray turns to the space of the lyric, often pared down to its bones, though never lacking in musicality or vividness.
Sean Hewitt, Irish Times.


Chris Murray is a Dublin-based poet. She curates the Fired! Irish Women Poets archive at RASCAL (Queen’s University, Belfast). She is a member of the Irish Women Writing (1880-1920) Network and of Fired ! Irish Women Poets and the Canon. In November 2021 Chris was appointed to the literary peer panel of the Irish Arts Council.

Her book publications include Cycles (Lapwing Press, 2013), The Blind (Oneiros Books, 2013) and She (Oneiros Books, 2014). Her work has been anthologised in Empty House: Poetry and Prose on the Climate Crisis (Doire Press, 2021) And Agamemnon Dead; an alternative collection of Irish poetry (2015), All The Worlds Between (Yoda Publishing, 2017). Her chapter A Modern Encounter with ‘Foebus abierat’: On Eavan Boland’s ‘Phoebus Was Gone, all Gone, His Journey Over’  was published in Eavan Boland: Inside History (Arlen House, 2016). Primarily a page poet, her poems have been performed at the Beal Festival of New Music, and interpreted by sound artist Una Lee for her album Songs To Stay Awake To. Her recent collections bind and Gold Friend were published by Turas Press, Dublin in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

Chris is currently editing her sixth collection of poetry which will be published in early 2023. You can read a more detailed biography on her Poethead site.


Heady free-play (Sean Hewitt for the Irish Times)

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