Aoife Lyall was born in Dublin in 1987. She earned her BA in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin, before reading her MPhil in Medieval Literature at St John’s, University of Cambridge, and gaining her PGDE (English) at the University of Aberdeen. Awarded an Emerging Scottish Writer residency by Cove Park in 2020 and twice shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards, her poems have also been shortlisted in the Wells Festival of Literature Open Poetry Competition and the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Her ﬁrst collection, Mother, Nature, focuses on the tender and tragic experience of pregnancy, pregnancy loss and early motherhood and was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2021. Mother, Nature was shortlisted for the Scottish First Book Award, one of Scotland’s National Book Awards 2021. Her second poetry collection has received generous support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
She has worked as a guest curator for the Scottish Poetry Library, as a guest editor for Butcher’s Dog, and as a committee member for Ness Book Fest. Her reviews have appeared in PN Review, Poetry London and Poetry Ireland Review. She lives and works in the Scottish Highlands with her family. Aoife is currently writing her first novel.