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James Lawless’ poetry and prose have won many awards including the Scintilla Welsh Open Poetry competition, a WOW award, a Biscuit International Short Story prize, The Cecil Day Lewis Award and a Hennessey award nomination for fiction. His story ‘ Jolt‘ was shortlisted for the Willesden Prize and appeared in New Short Stories 1, edited by Zadie Smith (London/ New York/Willesden Herald, 2007).
He is the author of a well-received poetry collection ‘Rus in Urbe’ and of the critically-acclaimed novels, ‘Peeling Oranges’, ‘For Love of Anna’, ‘The Avenue’, ‘Finding Penelope’ and ‘Knowing Women, and a highly regarded study of modern poetry ‘Clearing The Tangled Wood:’ Poetry as a Way of Seeing the World’ for which he received an arts bursary.
Born in Dublin, James divides his time between County Kildare and West Cork. He has broadcast his work on RTÉ radio and performed at many literary festivals, including the West Cork Literary Festival, Fermoy Poetry Festival, Baffle, Castlecomer, Boyle, Clifden, Galway festivals, the Cultúrlann in Belfast, the Dublin Books Festival and The Kildare Readers’ Festival. .
James Lawless’ prose and poetry have been broadcast and published in various magazines and anthologies in Ireland and abroad including Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Fish, Revival, Windows’ Publications, Crannóg,Boyne Berries, Boho Press, Ragged Raven Press, The New Writer, Route, the French Literary Review, An Gael (USA), The Stony Thursday Book and he was the featured writer in the Spring 2011 issue of the ezine Minus Nine Squared. Awards include the Scintilla Welsh Open Poetry competition 2002, the Cecil Day Lewis Play Award 2005 for ’What Are Neighbours For’? a Hennessy Award nomination and the WOW Award for fiction 2010 and a Biscuit International Prize for short stories 2011.
For more information please visit www.jameslawless.net
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