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

a compound of words
Cover of All The Worlds Between edited by K.Srilata and Fiona Bolger
All the Worlds Between
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

  • Sticking Your Tongue Out
    Sticking Your Tongue Out
    Zoom Event
    04 Sep, 12:00 – 14:00 GMT+5:30
    Zoom Event
    Over 4 weeks of close readings, discussions, writing and sharing we will find ways to stick our tongues out and be heard.
  • Poetry of Displacement
    Poetry of Displacement
    Zoom: 84532069956 Code: 704102
    15 Aug, 10:30 – 16:35
    Zoom: 84532069956 Code: 704102
    By bringing together three poets with overlapping connections to the places they have called home over the course of their lives, we seek to explore the ideas of home, migration, citizenship, belonging as well as borders unhoming and disowning.

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