Review in Stinging Fly Issue 28

I was delighted to see my collection  The Architect’s Dream of Winter reviewed in the current issue of The Stinging Fly. The review, by Alex Runchman, begins as follows:


Billy Ramsell is a poet of light and silences. That light might as often be a ‘laptop’s glow’, the ‘lilac machine light’ of a hospital respirator, or the flickering of a Point of Sale device as it is the natural ‘buttery sunlight of late morning’. And those silences might—as in the prose poem, ‘The Silence Bar’—be tainted by ‘faint hints of air-conditioning and other machine noise’; they might have become purchasable commodities that can only be defined in terms of techno music at a festival suddenly ceding to ‘the faint strains of lake-water lapping’ or of a stadium’s hush as a penalty kick is taken. But Ramsell is no less a latter-day Romantic for that. His finger is on the technological pulse, but his poems long for simplicity and self-erasure—‘the dream of winter’ that continually threatens the formal architecture of this, his second, collection.

You can read the whole thing here. It’s a privilege to have your one’s work subjected to such a a thoughtful and detailed analysis. My thanks to Alex and all at Stinging Fly.


Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2014


I’m surprised and delighted that my collection The Architect’s Dream of Winter features on the shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award, which is presented to the author of the best collection of poems published by an Irish poet in the previous year. The list in full is:

Tara Bergin for This is Yarrow (Carcanet Press)

Nick Laird for Go Giants (Faber)

Sinead Morrissey for Parallax (Carcanet Press)

Conor O’Callaghan for The Sun King (Gallery Press)

Billy Ramsell for The Architect’s Dream of Winter (Dedalus Press)

It’s a great honour to be featured among such names and in the running for such a prestigious award. The winner will be announced at the Mountains to Sea Festival in Dún Laoghaire on Saturday September 13th.

Yes, But Are We Enemies?




I’m delighted to be participating in the Yes, But Are we Enemies? collaborative project and tour alongside Christodoulos Makris, SJ Fowler, Sam Riviere, Ailbhe Darcy and Patrick Coyle.  The project, which pairs three British with three Irish poets, will take to teh road as follows:

  • Belfast (Crescent Arts Centre, Thu 18 Sep):
  • Derry (Verbal Arts Centre, Fri 19 Sep):
  • Galway (Galway Arts Centre, Sun 21 Sep):
  • Cork (Triskel Arts Centre, Tue 23 Sep):
  • Dublin (Irish Writers’ Centre, Thu 25 Sep):
  • London (Rich Mix Arts Centre, Sat 27 Sep):

We will be joined by local pairs of collaborators in each city along the way. i’m looking forward to this one.

Feature on The Enchanted Doors

doors picture tuesday 2I’m delighted that to see a piece on my work written by the inimitable Daisy of the Enchanted Doors blog.  This is is a consistently engaging literary site featuring witty and stimulating articles on topics like ‘A Book to Read While Taking Not-Great Photographs of Strangers’ and ‘A Book to Read in Berlin’ (no giggling in the queue, speak German, wear black). Well worth checking out.