Winner of the 2022 Roscommon Bursary Award


The Word According to Crow


“Sinead McClure is giving voice to the natural world and our earth’s creatures in her collection The Word According to Crow, this is a difficult thing to pull off without being overly sentimental in a human way or detached and merely observing or analysing. Sinead has done it with great skill and humility.” – Lani O Hanlon Judge for the Roscommon Bursary Award.

“Sinéad’s poems unsettle and make us wise – an autobiography of a kind, they define her way of life. They are profound, unsettling and thoroughly convincing. The sway and swagger of her half-holy language leaves us breathless – we wonder what’s next!” Terry McDonagh Poet and Dramatist


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The songs I sing are sisters

Collaborative Chapbook Winner 2023 Saboteur Awards

Sinéad describes their coming together:

This collaboration happened organically. Conversations in poetry quickly found a shared quality. We didn’t realise all the commonalities we shared, tales of migration, love of nature, and even distant family coincidences.

Cáit adds:

These intimate perspectives opened up a kind of shared heritage, including family stories of migrations, displacements, and new becomings, connecting us with each other, and also with all life on this earth across time and space. 

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Links to other work

Writing featured in other publications

Sinéad penned the Guest Editorial in September 2022 for Live Encounters Magazine. 

“These last few years I have been cocooned in a time warp, lost from the pace, and proclivity of everyday life. I have grown to love this displacement.”

There is a wide variety of her work available to read online including in Dodging the Rain, Live Encounters Poetry and Writing, Poethead, Sinéad is also featured on Ink, Sweat and Tears, with poetry and film poetry. 

Sinéad’s work is featured in poetry publications including The Stinging Fly, Howl, Not the Time to be Silent Anthology, The Poetry Bus, Poets Meet Painters 2023, Sonder Magazine, StepAway Magazine, Southword, The Cormorant Broadsheet & The Autumn Leaves Broadsheet.

She is also a writer of drama and has written and produced 15 radio dramas for children which broadcast on the National Children’s Service RTEjr Radio between 2009-2020.

Indestructible – A radio drama broadcast on RTEjr Radio in 2020