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Trish Bennett is an Irish writer and performer. She grew up during the Troubles on the Leitrim/Fermanagh border. She spent her youth changing jobs, careers, and cities, building up a lifetime of shenanigans to tap into later on when she gave in to the urge to write.  

Bennett writes poetry, memoir, and short stories. The main themes in her work are the landscape of her people, the antics of her family, and other creatures. 

She won the Leitrim Guardian Literary Award for Poetry (twice). In 2022, she won the Roscommon New Writing Award, a Cill Rialaig Residency from the Irish Writers Centre, and a General Arts Award (Support For The Individual Artist), funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & The National Lottery.

In 2021, she was a recipient of the Poetry Ireland Poetry Town Bursary, a Winner in the Dedalus Press Local Wonders Poetry Postcard Competition, and a Runner-Up in the New Roscommon Writing Award. She was listed or placed in several other competitions, including, The National Poetry Competition, Mslexia, Allingham, Trim, Mono, and The Bangor Literary Journal. For more information on her recent achievements, see Awards.

In 2019, she received an Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award to assist in the development of her debut poetry collection. In December 2019, Hedgehog Poetry Press published Bennett’s first micro-pamphlet, Borderlines.

Bennett loves to connect with people through her words. She was an invited performer at numerous events in Ireland and the UK, including The London Irish Centre, Cúirt Spoken Word Platform, Tyrone Guthrie Centre Culture Night, RTE’s Poetry Programme, and BBC Radio Ulster. Examples of her work are available in Performance. Please subscribe to Trish Bennett Performance on YouTube to keep up-to-date with her videos. 

She’s available for Performance and mentoring bookings via her social media links or her Contact Page.