Welcome to the website of Jessamine O Connor, a Dublin born writer living on the Sligo Roscommon border in the west of Ireland.
Winner of the inaugural Comórtas Filíochta Chultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 2020 (with poem translated by Oilí Diarmuid); Poetry Ireland/Butlers Cafe competition 2017, and previously the iYeats and Francis Ledwidge awards in 2011, my poems have been shortlisted in numerous competitions such as the Hennessy, Cuirt, Over the Edge, Red Line Book Fest, and Doolin Writers Weekend.
BIG NEWS: Drunk Muse Publications are launching in January and I'm delighted to be onboard as their Irish editor, watch this space
THE STRANGER - poem film, written and directed by me, in collaboration with incredible puppeteer CARMEL BALFE of Little Gem Puppets. This is a shadow puppet film about being an immigrant, here and abroad, with original acoustic music by renowned Helen B Grehan, and the poem read beautifully by Aoife ni Mhurchadha. We launched it at the Strokestown Poetry Festival, It was shortlisted for the 2019 O'Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition
WATCH 'THE STRANGER' ON YOUTUBE here
**My new collection "Silver Spoon" is out very soon with Salmon Poetry! Covid has seen the whole year delayed but fingers crossed for the end of the year..
I facilitate The Hermit Collective (the Irish winners of the 2016 Epic Award)
and The Wrong Side of the Tracks Writer's group (although both currently in hibernation )
Reviews of PACT : in The Poet's Republic here , by Neil Young;
The Galway Advertiser here , by Des Kenny;
and from Lagan Online here , Colin Dardis
...and other good reviews in The North, and The Blue Nib
From a review of A Skyful of Kites in Sabotage by Emma Lee:
"Jessamine O’Connor uses the poems in A Skyful of Kites to express anger, particularly at the failure and impotence of politics at home and abroad, both historically and in the present. However, these poems are not rants or directionless venting...
"a way of saying ‘this is wrong’ without telling readers which way to vote. Jessamine O’Connor respects and gives space for her readers to think.
"Her strength lies in her ability to be passionate about a situation, while structuring that passion into a poem that doesn’t dictate the reader’s reaction or hammer the poet’s viewpoint home."