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


Selected Awards, Artist Bursaries, Achievements: 

  • Selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions (2021), by poet Seán Hewitt.
  • Winner of the John McGahern Literature Award (2021) awarded by The John McGahern Estate, The Iron Mountain Literature Festival and the Leitrim Arts Office.
  • 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.
  • Selected for the Seamus Heaney Centre’s annual residential Summer Poetry School (2022), Queens University Belfast.
  • Shortlisted for the Mairtín Crawford Award in Poetry (2022), The Belfast Book Festival.
  • Awarded NMP mentorship (2022/2023) 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).



Sonya is writing the poetry collection, 500 Seconds. She 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 is completing the short story collection, The Switching Yard. She is also exploring, researching and developing the collaborative multi-disciplinary word project & experimental installation Rewriting the Constitution with a number of fellow founding collaborators; writers, poets & artists.

Sonya holds professional membership with the Irish Writer’s Centre.

She is also a member of the professional writer’s cooperative forum WORD.

Sonya lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.



  • 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 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)
  • Sonya has completed a University College Dublin foundation course in Human Rights

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