Poetry Judge

Padraig Rooney was born in Ireland and has spent most of his adult life abroad, teaching in schools in Paris, Japan, Thailand, Rome and Budapest.

He began writing short stories in his late teens, published in New Irish Writing (Irish Press) and in Best Irish Short Stories (Paul Elek). He was awarded two Irish Arts Council bursaries. Three collections of poems have appeared intermittently, the latest The Fever Wards (2010, Salt) and a bilingual selection in German and English, Angelandet (2017, Wolfbach).

Author Padraig Rooney, Swiss Creative Writing Prize, Poetry Judge
Padraig Rooney, Poetry Judge

His poems have won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Strokestown Poetry Award and the Listowel Single Poem Prize, and have been anthologised in Scanning the Century: the Penguin Book of Poetry in the Twentieth Century, Dancing With Kitty Stobling: the Patrick Kavanagh Award Winners 1971-2003, The Backyards of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry from Ireland and Newfoundland & Labrador and Our Shared Japan.

The Gilded Chalet: Off-piste in Literary Switzerland (2015, Nicholas Brealey), a travel book about writers in Switzerland, was described by the Times Literary Supplement as “Brilliant. Thoroughly absorbing.” Rooney has recently been translating the 1930s American journalism of Swiss writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach. He has lived in Switzerland for sixteen years and teaches at International School Basel. His website is www.padraigrooney.com