Dublin-based poet and writer, editor and indexer
Undercurrents (2016) has been awarded joint second place by the Haiku Society of America for the Merit Book Award, and is shortlisted for the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, bestowed annually by The Haiku Foundation on published collections of poems, or works of scholarship, that represent noteworthy contributions to English-language haiku in the estimation of a distinguished panel of poets, editors and scholars.
The Lost Library Book, illustrated by Alice Durand-Wietzel, due from The Onslaught Press this Spring. Soon in bookshops, and available to buy from the publisher.
‘The remarkable true story of a forgotten library book that was returned to Marsh’s Library after 100 years. Written with elegance and grace, it’s a fascinating tale for book lovers young and old.’ – Sarah Webb, Award-winning writer, and Children’s Curator of the Mountains to the Sea Book Festival
First the Feathers, debut poetry collection, due from Doire Press this Autumn.
Of the title poem, which won the Allingham Prize in 2015, judge Jane Clarke wrote: ‘“First the Feathers”, the winning poem by Amanda Bell, reminds me of Elizabeth Bishop’s The Fish in its detailed description and in the respect it shows and creates for this bird. I love the title and the also admirable restraint right through to the final line. It is a stunning poem that draws us back to read it again and again. Its vivid description in powerful language makes something that could be gruesome in something strangely beautiful, “The wings I open like a book:/press down, stretch out the elegant pins,/scissor through the shoulder joint – /use a knife for the sinews and skin.” The poem is well-paced and the subtle ending is strong because it contrasts with the distanced, dispassionate voice up to then.’
- Irish Writers’ Centre. Professional member and on mentoring panel
- Children’s Books Ireland. I review for Inis and am Poetry Section Editor for CBI’s 2016 Reading Guide
- Irish Writers’ Union
- Association of Freelance Editors Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI). Full member since 1997.