Sonya Gildea is an English language poet and a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction/interdisciplinary prose based in Dublin, Ireland.

Sonya is winner of the John McGahern Literature Award (2021) awarded by The John McGahern Estate & The Iron Mountain Literature Festival & Leitrim Arts Office.

Sonya is a selected poet for Poetry Ireland Introductions Programme (2021).

She is recipient of an Artist Literature Bursary Award (2021) by the Irish Arts Council.

She is winner of the Cúirt International New Writer’s Fiction Award (2015).

She is a winner of a post-grad Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Award (2020-2021).

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Sonya is recipient of an Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office & Creative Ireland Artist Literature Bursary Award  (2021).

She is recipient of an Artist Residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (2021). She is recipient of an Irish Arts Council Agility Award (2021).

Sonya is the 2022 DLR Arts Office selected writer for National Mentorship Programme (2022) awarded by the Irish Writer’s Centre & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts office & The Irish Arts Council.

She has also been awarded a Cill Rialaig Writer’s Residency (2022) by the Irish Writer’s Centre, Cill Rialaig & the Irish Arts Council.

Sonya graduated with an MA (1st) in Creative Writing from University College Dublin (2020). She was selected for the 2022 Seamus Heaney Centre Annual Poetry Summer School at Queens University Belfast.

She was awarded a student place by Maynooth University, Department of English, and Kildare Arts Office, on the programme of creative workshops Experimental Publishing & Place with Writer-in-Residence, Nathan O’Donnell, producing the collective, co-authored experimental work Unfinished Topographies (2021).

Sonya completed the Irish Writer’s Centre courses, Autofiction with author, Joanna Walsh (2021); and This modern Life with poet, Rachel Long (2022).

She has also completed a University College Dublin foundation course in Human Rights.


Sonya is currently researching & developing a first poetry collection. She has written the chapbook The Nine River Beats of Owenea in collaboration with visual artist, Sorca O’Farrell, which is set in Glenties, Co. Donegal. Sonya is completing the prose short story collection, The Switching Yard. And she is exploring, researching and developing the collaborative multi-disciplinary word project & installation, Rewriting the Constitution with a number of Irish writers, editors and artists.

Sonya lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Sonya holds professional membership with the Irish Writers Centre.


what a day for a daydream….

Introductions 2021