Awards and Citations




Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, Epic Award, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004

Image Maxwell House short story award, l988 ..”there was a house….”


Reviews of Rosemarie Rowley’s work:


“A master of form” – Brendan Kennelly


“100% improvement on Christina Rossetti” - Geoffrey Thurley


“Her voice is one of heart-breaking beauty” – Roz Cowman


“Originality, commitment, and real literary ability” - Eilean Ni Chuilleanain


“I like the poems..I keep hearing something in them that I’m always listening for and rarely catch” – Ted Hughes


“Her range of vocabulary and phrasing is impressive ..a true poet….her finest poems wear their learning lightly – she excels as a critic” – Declan Kiberd


“Lyrics of a rare strength and delicacy” -  John McGahern


“I have listened to (Flight into Reality”) with a lot of pleasure.. I think it is quite beautiful and very thought-provoking – Brendan Glacken


“Startling” – Nuala O'Faolain


“I could never have attempted a long poem myself, and admire your ability to do so as well as you do…indeed, all your work…” -  Kathleen Raine

                                               “If one dreamer lives all lives
                                                That one in all our many knows
                                                How vain our tears, how vain
                                                Our hopes and fears,
                                                Since dreams are only dreams.”   

                                                                                                      - Kathleen Raine



Acknowledgements are due to editors:


Hayden Murphy, Broadsheet; Kevin Kiely, New Writing, Books Ireland; Senator Brendan Ryan, Disarm!, Patrick Galvin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Publications; Nessa O’Mahony, Electric Acorn, James Conway, Chair, Rathmines Writers, Extended Wings; Paul Nash, Icarus; Brian Fallon,The Irish Times; David Marcus, The Irish Press; Mimmo Morina, Nouvel Europa; Gwen McNamara, Reddest Stolen Cherries; Michael O Flanagan, Riposte; Miles Goldstick and John Graham, Voices from Wollaston Lake; and Marianne McGiffen, Womanspirit in which my poems first appeared.

Thanks are due also to my publishers, Maureen Charlton of Martello, Christine Gara of Comark, and Margretta d’Arcy of Galway’s Pirate Women, and a special thank you to Henry Mair, of Ayrshire Writers and Artists Society, for his Trojan work in organizing and judging the Scottish Open International Poetry Competition for the past 40 years.

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