Curriculum Vitae

Julie O’Callaghan

Born in Chicago in 1954, she has lived in Ireland since 1974. Poet for adults and children. Member of the Irish academy of arts, Aosdána.


Edible Anecdotes, Dolmen Press, (1983).

Bright Lights Blaze Out (with two others), Oxford University Press, (1986).

Taking My Pen for a Walk, Orchard Books, (1988).

What’s What, Bloodaxe Books, (1991).

Two Barks, Bloodaxe Books, (1998).

– No Can Do, Bloodaxe Books, (2000)

– Problems, Pressed Wafer [Boston] (2005)

The Book of Whispers, Faber & Faber (2006)

Tell Me This Is Normal: New and Selected Poems, Bloodaxe (2008)

Magnum Mysterium, Bloodaxe (2020)

Limited Edition Publications

– Well-Heeled, Gefn Press, London, (1985) and Janus Press, Vermont (1998).

Jasper the Lion Heart, Gefn Press, (1990).

The Long Room Gallery, Trinity Closet Press, (1994).


Firebird 4, ed. Robin Robertson, Penguin Books, (1985).

The Long Embrace, ed. Frank Ormsby, Blackstaff Press/Faber, (1987).

Soho Square, ed. Ian Hamilton, Bloomsbury, (1989).

Is That the New Moon?, ed. Wendy Cope, Collins, (1989).

The New Younger Irish Poets, ed. Gerald Dawe, Blackstaff Press, (1991).

Poetry Book Society Anthology, ed. William Scammell, Hutchinson, (1992).

I Wouldn’t Thank You for a Valentine, ed. Carol Ann Duffy, Viking, (1992).

Sixty Women Poets, ed. Linda France, Bloodaxe Books, (1993).

Poetry With an Edge, ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe Books, (1993).

Stopping for Death, ed. Carol Ann Duffy, Viking, (1996).

At the Year’s Turning, ed. Marco Sonzogni, Dedalus, (1998).

– Poetry Now, ed. Patrick Galvin, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, (1998).

– The Funny Side, ed. Wendy Cope, Faber, (1998).

Time’s Tidings, ed. Carol Ann Duffy, Anvil, (1999).

101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, ed. Daisy Goodwin, HarperCollins, (1999).

– The Kerry Anthology, ed. Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Marino, (2000).

– The Hip Flask, ed. Frank Ormsby, Blackstaff, (2000).

– Slow Time, ed. Niall MacMonagle, Marino, (2000).

Jumping Over Trees, ed. Selima Hill, Royal Festival Hall, (2000).

The Ogham Stone, ed. Gerald Dawe, I.P.A., ( 2001).

– 20th Century Irish Poems, ed. Michael Longley, Faber, (2002)

– Staying Alive, edited by Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, (2002)

– The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Cork University Press, (2002)

– Off the Wall, edited by Niall MacMonagle, Marino (2002)

Heart Mysteries, edited by Marie Heaney, Town House (2003)

Out of Fashion, edited by Carol Ann Duffy, Faber (2004)

Light Unlocked, edited by Lawrence Sail and Kevin Crossley-Holland, Enitharmon (2005)

Lifesongs, edited by Pinky Agnew, Random House New Zealand (2006)

The Book of Irish American Poetry, edited by Daniel Tobin, University of Notre Dame Press (2007)

Answering Back, edited by Carol Ann Duffy, Picador (2007)

Our Shared Japan, edited by Irene De Angelis and Joseph Woods, Dedalus (2007)

The Forward Book of Poetry 2009, edited by Frieda Hughes and others, Forward / Faber (2008)

Women’s Work, edited by Eva Salzman and Amy Wack, Seren (2008)

Best of Irish Poetry in English 2010, edited by Matthew Sweeney, Southword Editions (2009)

Children’s Anthologies

Island of the Children, Orchard Books, (1987).

This Poem Doesn’t Rhyme, Viking, (1990).

Usborne Books of Poems, Usborne, (1990).

– Casting a Spell, Orchard Books, (1991).

– Verse Universe, BBC Books, (1992).

Me and You and Poems, Hodder & Stoughton, (1993).

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, Blackie, (1994).

All in the Family, Oxford University Press, (1994).

Painting with Words, Hodder & Stoughton, (1994).

Real Cool, Martello, (1994).

– New Oxford Book of Children’s Verse, Oxford University Press, (1996)

– Nibbling the Page, Pearson Education, (2000).

– The Young Oxford Book of Christmas Poems, Oxford University Press, (2000).

Poems About People, Oxford University Press, (2001).

Falling Up, Hodder Children’s Books, (2001).

New Faber Book of Children’s Verse, Faber, (2001).

Up to the Stars: Poems Chosen by Children, Hodder, (2001).

A Poem for Everyone, Oxford University Press, (2001)

– Overheard on a Saltmarsh, Picador, (2003)

– Haven’t You Grown!, Kingfisher, (2003)

– Something Beginning with P, O’Brien Press (2004)

– Oxford Book of Children’s Poetry (2007)

Schools’ Anthologies

English in Units, Gill & Macmillan, (1991).

At the Window, Harcourt, Brace/Holt, (1990).

Scholastic Collections, Scholastic Publications, (1992).

Cambridge Contemporary Poets 2, Cambridge University Press, (1992).

– Galaxy 2, Junior Cert English, Mentor Publications, (1992).

– Myriad 1, Junior Cert Poetry, Edco, (1998).

Level C Reader, Addison-Wesley, (2000).

Seekers, Edco, (2000)

English for Life, Federal Publications, Singapore (2002)

Giants, Fishbone and Chocolate, Carroll Heinemann (2002)

Poems 2010 – Higher Level, Folens (2007)

Poems 2010 – Ordinary Level, Folens (2007)

Poetry Now 2010, Celtic Press (2007)

GCSE Anthology, EDCO (2007)


Poems published in: The Times Literary Supplement, The Observer, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Poetry Review, Encounter, Oxford Poetry,Oxford Magazine, Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Cyphers, The New Statesman, P.E.N. Broadsheet, The Honest Ulsterman, Atlanta Review, The Irish Times, Sunday Independent, The Sunday Tribune, Poetry Ireland Review, Krino, Midland Review, Poetry Canada Review and Verse.


– Michael Hartnett Poetry Award, 2001

– Poetry Book Society Recommendation: Edible Anecdotes; No Can Do; Tell Me This is Normal.

– Poetry Book Society Choice: What’s What.

– Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries, 1985, 1990 and 1998.

– Elected to Irish academy of arts, Aosdána, 2003.

Poetry Readings/Broadcasts

Readings: South Bank Centre, Cúirt (Galway), Belfast Festival, Dublin Writers’ Festival, Aspects (Belfast), Scríobh (Sligo), Kilkenny Arts Week, ‘Poetry Now’ (Dun Laoghaire), BBC Children’s Poetry Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Hull Literature Festival, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Writers in Schools, Listowel Writers’ Week, Yeats Summer School.

Radio: RTE Radio 1 and 2, BBC Radio 3 (including a commission for Poetry Proms 2002),

BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Ulster, Public Radio International (Garrison Keillor).

Television: RTE and BBC.