About Me

About Me


Hi! My name is Orla Fay. Welcome to my Digital Artefact on Poetry in the Digital Age which has a focus on Co. Meath. The artefact is an accompanying piece to a dissertation written on Poetry in the Digital Age for the M.A. in Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork.


Orla Fay has been published in The Meath Chronicle, New Poems of Oriel (2006), Boyne Berries Magazine, Crannóg Magazine, Revival Poetry Journal, The Sharp Review, Ropes 2010, NUIG’s Writers’ Society’s Writers’ Exchange Chapbook, Riposte, Wordlegs, The Linnet’s Wings, The Stony Thursday Book 2011 & 2013, thefirstcut, Shot Glass Journal, Census 3, Silver Blade Magazine, HeadSpace, Outburst, The Galway Review, The Artistic Atlas of Galway, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Carillon, The Poetry Porch, Three Drops from a Cauldron, The Ofi Press, Headstuff, North West WordsAbridged, Amaryllis, The Pickled Body, A New Ulster, Tales from the Forest, The Honest Ulsterman, Lagan Online, An Anthology of Reactions, The Rose Magazine, Orbis, Dodging the Rain, Skylight 47, Spontaneity.org, Cyphers Magazine, StepAway Magazine, Meath Writers’ Circle 2nd and 3rd Annual Magazine, Sixteen Magazine, Clear PoetryPoethead, The Ogham Stone 2017, Quarryman 2018, Hennessy New Irish Writing in The Irish Times, Poetry NI’s Changing Verses In Midstream and forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review.

In 2008 she was a finalist in the Meath County Library Éist Poetry Competition. In 2009 she had a poem commended in the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award. In 2010 she had a poem highly commended in the Windows Publications Cavan Crystal Poetry Award. In 2011 she had a story selected for The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions in The Irish Writers’ Centre. In June 2012 she published her poetry chapbook Drawn to the Light. She was a featured reader at O’Bhéal in Cork in March 2013. She was highly commended for poetry in The Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards in October 2013 and long-listed in the WOW Fiction Awards 2014. Crannóg Magazine nominated her poem “Look Back in Wonder…” for consideration in the Forward Prize for a single poem 2016. She was longlisted for poetry in The Anthony Cronin International Poetry Prize 2017, The Fish Poetry Prize 2017 and The Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition 2017 and shortlisted in The Rush Poetry Competition 2017, The Dermot Healy Poetry Award 2017 and The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2017. She recorded a poem for Lagan Online’s 2017 Poetry Day Ireland Mixtape.  Most recently she has been shortlisted in OTE New Writer of the Year Competition 2018. She is the editor of Boyne Berries Magazine. She blogs at http://orlafay.blogspot.ie

Orla Fay reads The Burial of Alice de Fir (recording by Frank Murphy)

Orla Fay reads Ledwidge’s Cottage (recording by Joanne Anderson)

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