About & Publications


Judge and former winner of the international Barbellion Prize for chronically ill & disabled published authors. Deaf Irish author Lynn Buckle is widely published and represented Ireland as a UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence at the National Centre for Writing UK 2021 (see Imagining the City) and hosts the worldwide Climate Writers at the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. All books
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Lynn studied at Warwick University, Camberwell School of Art, and NUI Maynooth. She lives in Ireland, writing, painting, and campaigning for social justice. She teaches at The Irish Writers’ Centre, ETBs, libraries, The National Centre for Writing UK, literary festivals, and guest lectures at Irish and UK universities. She specialises in creative writing, mythology, art, art history, teaching skills, contemporary literature, domestic violence, nature & climate writing, and solution-based protest writing. As host of Climate Writing at the IWC, she interviews international authors, politicians, and NGOs about the role of literature in the Anthropocene. Publications include two novels with epoque press, five anthologies, and regular articles and reviews for literary magazines and the press.

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What Willow Says by Lynn Buckle, Epoque Press, 2021

Winner The Barbellion Prize | Critics Top Pick of the Year 2021 in The Irish TimesSunday Independent | Special Mention Saboteur Awards 2022

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A deeply affecting love song to the bogs. A powerful moving book, as much poetry as prose. Soak up its rich waters and you will never look at the world, or deafness, in the same way again,’ Irish Independent

Sharing stories of myths, legends and ancient bogs, a deaf child and her grandmother experiment with the lyrical beauty of sign language. Learning to communicate through their shared love of trees, they find solace in the shapes and susurrations of leaves in the wind. A poignant tale of family bonding and the quiet acceptance of change.

link to a reading of What Willow Says

link to ‘Quiet Nature’ interview, Kildare Readers Festival 2021

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link to a Christmas reading for the West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar 2021

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The Groundsmen by Lynn Buckle, Epoque Press, 2018 debut literary novel

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Powerful and affecting. Lynn Buckle is a fierce and fearless new voice in Irish writing‘ ​
June Caldwell author of Room Little Darker

‘A work of extraordinary power, a story that makes you question the moral duty of fiction, and the expectations we have of novels’ Tom Carlisle The Independent Literary Fiction

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What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective Arachne Press 2021

Anthology ed by Lisa Kelly and Sophie Stone. Introduction by Raymond Antrobus

Purchase here
Also available in video format in British Sign Language

What Meets the Eye

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Imagining the City

Anthology pamphlet by UNESCO City of Lit writers in residence Lynn Buckle, Liz Breslin, Marcin Wilk, Valur Gunnarsson, and Vahni Anthony Capildeo.
Published 2021 by The National Centre for Writing UK. Free to Purchase here

A literary virtual tour of the city of Norwich

imagining the city

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The Sound of Red in Green by Lynn Buckle, Massachusetts Review winter 2022 Vol 63 Issue 4 

Edited by Khairani Barokka and Cyree Janelle

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Representation Matters by Lynn Buckle 2022 Writing.ie


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A Captioned Joyce by Lynn Buckle 2022 Books Ireland Magazine

This article is stored by the Museum of Literature Ireland on their website Ulysses 100, a repository of all things Joycean created during the centenary year of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses

A Captioned Joyce

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Review by Lynn Buckle of Spring Tides by Fiona Gell 2022 The Irish Times

Spring Tides by fiona Gell

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Why Is Mythology Having a Moment? by Lynn Buckle 2019 The Irish Times

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Opposing Violence in Literature by Lynn Buckle 2018 The Irish Times


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A Writer’s Experience of Covid-19 by Lynn Buckle 2020 The Irish Times


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Brigid; A Poetry Anthology, 2020

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Infinite Possibilities: An Anthology TU Dublin, 2020 award-winning short stories

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Watch and listen to Idle Woman of the Grand Canal, from Infinite Possibilities

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Literary Collage and Polyphonic Voice; literary technique by Lynn Buckle, Oct 2020, epoque magazine

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Town Crier by Lynn Buckle Oct 2020 epoque magazine

Town Crier

An Exercise in Humiliation, by Lynn Buckle, HCE Review, Vol II, Issue I, Oct 2017, p156, UCD Press (Dublin)

HCE Review cover photo

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Red Barn by Lynn Buckle a reading from Greywood Arts Residency 2019


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The Barbellion Prize Winner

UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Writer in Residence at the National Centre for Writing UK 2021

The John Hewitt Society Bursary 2018

Greywood Arts Carers’ Writing Bursary Award and Residency 2018/19

Short-list Red Line Short Story Award 2019


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Irish Writers Centre

Royal Society of Literature

Wordsmiths Writing Group

Indulge in Writing Group

Teaching Council of Ireland   Registered Further Education tutor


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