Amanda Bell is an award-winning poet and children’s author. She holds a Masters in Poetry Studies, and works as a writer, editor and workshop facilitator (clearasabellwritingservices.ie).
Her debut poetry collection, First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award in 2018. The title poem won the Allingham Prize, and another poem from the collection, ‘Points‘, was shortlisted for Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year in the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.
She also writes in Japanese forms. Her haibun collection Undercurrents (Alba Publishing, 2016), a psychogeography of Irish rivers, came second in the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award and was shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. She is assistant editor of The Haibun Journal, which is being launched this spring.
Amanda’s children’s book The Lost Library Book is the story of a book missing from Marsh’s Library for 100 years. Illustrated by Alice Durand Wietzel, it is published by The Onslaught Press (2017).
Her most recent publication is The loneliness of the sasquatch (Alba, 2018), a transcreation from the Irish of Gabriel Rosenstock. A narrative of extinction, it is described by Doireann Ní Ghríofa as ‘an exceptional book’.
Amanda recently received a Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to travel to Oslo, where she participated in ‘The New Scream Project’ at the invitation of the Prix de Norvège Society. She is currently completing a novel.