Billy Ramsell (Ireland)

Billy Ramsell is a poet, occasional reviewer and occasional translator from the Irish language. He was born in Cork, Ireland.

Ramsell’s debut collection, Complicated Pleasures, was published in 2007. His second collection entitled The Architect’s Dream of Winter is due in 2013.

Ramsell has been invited to perform his work at many festivals and events in Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, China, the United States and Canada. In the past year he has performed at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Dublin Writers Festival and the Cork Spring Poetry Festival.

Ramsell holds the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and has also been shortlisted for several other prizes. Previously nominated for the Strong and Hennessy awards, Ramsell has also been selected to judge this year’s Shine Strong Award for best debut collection by an Irish poet. He edits the Irish section of the Poetry International website based in Rotterdam.

Spending long periods abroad, particularly in Iberia, Ramsell lives and works in Cork, where he co-runs Forum Publications, an educational publishing company.

Of his poetry, Ramsell says: “[In my work] I try to avoid the following: my family, my childhood, a certain type of rural idyll, a certain way of writing about history, poems that explicitly concern themselves with Ireland and Irishness, local characters.”