Poet & Facilitator


'A collection suspended in a perpetual state of homecoming. Bolger navigates the worlds she inhabits with both the feverishness of a new rasika and the familiarity of an insider.' - Arundhathi Subramaniam

Front cover of Fióna Bolger's poetry book "A compound of words"

a compound of words



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About Fióna

Poems can be corralled into lists by country, by language, by form. Fióna is interested in those that fall between categories, challenge the existence of formal, linguistic, cultural or geographic boundaries, borders.


She recently launched her first poetry collection, a compound of words (Yoda Press, 2019). She lives between Ireland and India. Her work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, The Brown Critique, The Poetry Bus, The Chattahoochee Review and others. She is a co-ordinator of Dublin Writers' Forum and a member of the creative team of Outlandish Theatre Platform. She is currently working towards a PhD at Dublin City University entitled ‘Searching for Poems in the Cracks Between Borders’. Her next collection is due out from Salmon Poetry in 2021.


My Books

Cover of The Geometry of Love Between the Elements by Fiona Bólger
The Geometry of Love between the Elements
Cover of Triptych  - edited by Fióna Bolger

What people say

 With its unique transnational perspective – reflected not just in the poems themselves but in this elegant publication by Yoda Press – with its linguistic risk-taking yet unhurried craft, it changes our understanding of what a poem written by an Irish woman can look like. And in doing so, it troubles the boundaries of our tradition in really important ways.

Lucy Collins


Upcoming events

  • Even More Words in the World
    Zoom Link frm Yoda Press, New Delhi
    Feb 26, 12:00 PM GMT+5:30 – Feb 28, 2:00 PM GMT+5:30
    Zoom Link frm Yoda Press, New Delhi
    In this three day workshop we will encounter more poems which find ways to move between languages and cultures, bringing us to new understandings of the world and our fellow humans.
  • Irish Writers' Centre: Travel the World in Words
    Irish Writers'Centre: irishwriterscentre.ie
    Feb 01, 6:30 PM GMT
    Irish Writers'Centre: irishwriterscentre.ie
    Here is an opportunity to travel through poetry. You will explore poems written by those who have moved between places and poems which themselves are located far from Dublin. More info: https://irishwriterscentre.ie/collections/all-courses/products/online-travel-the-world-in-words-with-fiona-bolger

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