Advance praise for Oona:


'With echoes of Lydia Davis, Beckett, Eimear McBride and Max Porter, Oona is a nuanced narrativisation of the dislocation, disruption and stasis of grief, a treatise on silence, a drift on desire and sexual awakening.'
–Susan Tomaselli


'A study of grief and recovery through the lens of art, colour, and landscape, Lyons charts a compelling journey towards wholeness. Moving and wise, few portraits of grief are so life-affirming.'
–Jessica Traynor


'Oona is rich in physical and psychic texture. Lyons' eye is acute and compassionate, her voice alive to the vivid possibilities of language, the writer utterly in command of a singular vision – a virtuoso work.'
–Eoin McNamee


'Alice Lyons has delivered something extraordinary. On the rare occasions I noticed the absence of the letter 'o', it was to marvel at the care it has taken to pull this off. Oona fizzes with life and hope.'
–Louise Kennedy


'Oona is a Bildungsroman unlike any other in which each lacuna, each silence, and each erasure reveals the depth of its subject. Exceptional.'
–Doireann Ní Ghríofa




Four poems at POETRY


Three poems at 3:AM Magazine


Poems + drawings at Tender


Selected poems from Staircase Poems


Five Poems


essays/critical writing


A Keyboard Mind: Hollis Frampton's Gloria! as Lyric Poem
at POETRY magazine


''The Poetry is not ABOUT something, it IS something': review of Kim Moore, Sarah Howe, Vahni Capil deo (Poetry Ireland Review 120 (2016/17)

When a Living Strand Couples with a Dormant Stem' review of Trevor Joyce, The Irish Review, (2016)


'Wear Out the Desk With Risk After Risk' review of Frances Leviston & Peter Sirr, Poetry Ireland Review 115 (2015)


For Whom? - The heart of public art is relational, but what is a public?

at Public


Alterity Begins at Home
from Verge Magazine





'Why I Write Poetry', Radcliffe Magazine, Harvard University 2016


Q & A at POETRY magazine


Interview at Emerging Writer




Reading at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University (2016)


Editors at POETRY discuss my poem 'Happy Valley'

Reading of poems and discussion of them by editors at POETRY




Poetry Ireland Review: Séan Hewitt reviews The Breadbasket of Europe (Winter 2016/17)

Vela Magazine: Maureen N. McLane's Seven Poets on the Verge (March 2016)

Irish Times review of anthology The Deep Heart's Core (June 2017)


Belinda McKeon on Staircase Poems in Beyond Chronicle: The Deceptive Realism of John McGahern's Fiction


Irish Times Review 9/15/2009

Colin Graham, “Judicious Irony” in Visual Artists’ Newsheet 12/2008