Biddy Jenkinson

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Biddy Jenkinson (a pseudonym) is an Irish poet, short story writer and dramatist who writes in the Irish language. She was born in 1949 in Dublin and attended University College Cork. She has published several collections of verse, two collections of short stories and two plays.

It has been said of Jenkinson that she seeks to recreate a sense of the sacral world of nature and women’s role in sustaining it.[1] She has a deep interest in literary tradition. Her chosen creative language is Irish and she has expressed her opposition to ‘the insistence that everything written in Irish be translated immediately into English’.[2] Her work has been praised for its passion, humour and variety.[3]

She was editor of Éigse Éireann/Poetry Ireland Review from 2000 to 2001.

Published work[edit]


Mis (Coiscéim 2001)

Rogha dánta (anthology) ed. Siobhán Ní Fhoghlú and Seán Ó Tuama (Cork University Press 1999)

Amhras Neimhe (Coiscéim 1997)

Dán na hUidhre (Coiscéim 1991)

Uiscí Beatha (Coiscéim 1988)

Baisteadh Gintlí (Coiscéim 1987)

Short Stories[edit]

An tAthair Pádraig Ó Duinnín - Bleachtaire (Coiscéim 2008)

An Grá Riabhach - Gáirscéalta (Coiscéim 1999)


Mise, Subhó agus Maccó (Cló Iar-Chonnacht 2000)

Oh, Rahjerum! (Coiscéim 1998)


  1. ^ Lyrikline: Biddy Jenkinson, ‘Suantraí na Máthar Síní’ :
  2. ^ Quoted in Maureen E. Mulvihill, ‘Biddy Jenkinson (1949-),’ Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide, ed. Alexander G. Gonzalez, Greenwood Press 2006, ISBN 0-313-32883-8.
  3. ^ Mulvihill, 2006.