Sarah Byrne

Genres: Professional Development | West Cork | Workshop

Sarah Byrne is a writer, editor and publisher based in Paris. Originally from Cork, Sarah worked in restorative justice, prisoner welfare and mental health for a decade. She is a first-generation graduate and attended Trinity College Dublin, University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford where she studied sociology, criminology and creative writing respectively. She has also studied forensic medicine, bioethics and arts management, and volunteered with many human rights projects including Reprieve. She founded the poetry journal, The Well Review, in 2016 and has published renowned poets such as Anne Carson, Ishion Hutchinson and Paul Muldoon, as well as running a pamphlet series that supports debut writers. Her writing has appeared in The Irish Times, The New Statesman, The Irish Examiner and Poetry Ireland Review. Sarah established a concept production company, /Stranger Samples/, in late 2021 which aims to produce objects made from samples in consultation with strangers, particularly those effected by the criminal justice system. Sarah has received awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, UNESCO City of Literature Dublin and The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation. Sarah has lived in Bantry and has collaborated with the West Cork Literary Festival since 2017.


Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel