Sonya Gildea is an English language poet and a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction/interdisciplinary prose based in Dublin, Ireland.
Selected Awards & Achievements:
- Selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions (2021), by poet Seán Hewitt.
- Winner of the John McGahern Literature Award (2021).
- Recipient of an Irish Arts Council Artist Literature Bursary Award (2021).
- Winner of a (post-grad) Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Award (2020-2021).
- Winner of The Cúirt International New Writer’s Award in Fiction (2015).
- Poetry Winner of June 2022 New Irish Writing, The Irish Independent.
- Top Ten Long Listed and published by Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize (2023) selected by judges Meena Kandasamy, Jon McGregor & Jarred McGinnis and GBP Editors, Eloise Millar & Sam Jordison.
- Shortlisted for the Mairtín Crawford Award in Poetry (2022).
- National Mentorship Award (2023) by the Irish Writer’s Centre NMP, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts office & The Irish Arts Council.
- Awarded a Cill Rialaig Writer’s Residency (2022) by the Irish Writer’s Centre & the Irish Arts Council.
- Recipient of a Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office & Creative Ireland Artist Literature Bursary Award (2021).
- Recipient of a Writer’s Residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (2021).
- Recipient of an Irish Arts Council Agility Award (2021).
- Selected for the Seamus Heaney Centre’s annual residential Summer Poetry School (2022), Queens University Belfast.
Sonya is writing The Switching Yard, a short story collection.
She is writing a first poetry collection, 500 Seconds and has written the chapbook The Nine River Beats of Owenea in collaboration with Irish visual artist, Sorca O’Farrell, and set in Glenties, Co. Donegal.
- Sonya graduated with an MA (1st) in Creative Writing from University College Dublin (2020).
- Sonya has completed Poetry Ireland Introductions programme under the mentorship of poets, Seán Hewitt, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Jessica Traynor (2021).
- Sonya completed the Seamus Heaney Centre’s residential Annual Summer Poetry School, Queens University Belfast (2022).
- Sonya was awarded an IWC NMP mentorship 2022 – 2023.
- Sonya was awarded a place by Maynooth University Department of English and Kildare Arts Office, on the programme of creative workshops Experimental Publishing & Place by 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)
- This Modern Life with poet, Rachel Long (2022)
- New Work Now, with poet, Rachel Long (2023)
- Sonya has completed a University College Dublin foundation course in Human Rights
- Sonya holds professional membership with the Irish Writer’s Centre.
- She is a member of the professional writer’s cooperative forum WORD
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