Alice Kinsella

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Alice Kinsella

Born in Dublin and raised in Co. Mayo, Alice’s work has been published in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, RTÉ, Banshee, and The North, among others.

Her pamphlet Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books) was a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection. She is the editor of Empty House: poetry and prose on the climate crisis (Doire Press, 2021). She graduated from TCD in 2016 with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, and from NUIG in 2018 with an MA in Writing. She received support from Words Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland to complete her first full-length poetry collection. Alice won the inaugural AIS alumni creative writing award for her first piece of creative non-fiction. She currently lives on the west coast of Ireland.


Her memoir Milk, about a woman’s first year of motherhood described as “urgent, moving and exceptional” has been pre-empted by Picador and will be published in spring 2023.


Commissioning Editor Gillian Fitzgerald-Kelly said “I couldn’t be happier to welcome Alice to the Picador list. There is so much wonderful writing coming out of Ireland and Milk is a magnificent example. What struck me most when reading is how deftly Alice taps into the soft, gentle and intimate first year of motherhood whilst also tackling the reality of having children in contemporary Ireland. I was mesmerised by Alice’s writing; it has a brilliant quality to it which combines a poetic sensibility with urgent, moving and exceptional prose and I was delighted to see the same level of enthusiasm and determination to publish Alice’s memoir across the wider team.”


Rights Sold

Picador (World Languages, Excluding North American English)


Photo credit: Paul Kinsella