Susannah Dickey announced as the winner of the Ireland Chair of Poetry 2024 Travel Award

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is delighted to announce Susannah Dickey as the recipient of the 2024 Ireland Chair of Poetry Travel Award. Susannah will receive an award of £2,000 to facilitate her journey to Prague to engage with the work of David Černý.

Commenting on this year’s Travel Award the adjudication panel, comprised of two of the Trustees together with the current Ireland Chair of Poetry, Professor Paul Muldoon, had this to say:

We are delighted to present our 2024 Travel Award to Susannah Dickey, a writer who has already achieved much and promises even more. As her first collection, ISDAL, attests, Dickey has a knack for finding unlikely methods to tell unlikely stories, including enlisting as narrators the co-presenters of a podcast to explore the mystery of an unidentified body found in Norway in 1970. We look forward to the fruits of Susannah Dickey’s labors as she embarks on further journeys, inner and outer.”


Susannah Dickey is a writer from Derry. She is the author of two novels, Tennis Lessons (2020) and Common Decency (2022), both published by Doubleday UK and Penguin Ireland. She was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2020, and her debut collection of poetry, ISDAL (Picador, 2023), was a Guardian and Irish Times book of the year and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the John Pollard Prize.