From reviews of Sinead Morrissey's The State of the Prisons: One of the major rewards of The State of the Prisons lies in the way Morrissey makes her poetic machines work and ride: in her formal risk, not least the outrageousness and enchantment of her rhymes, but also the occasional pushed-to-the-brink line-lengths, some of which feel like walking the plank with the eye. You have to trust her. - The Guardian --The Guardian
From reviews of Sinead Morrissey's The State of the Prisons: It is, in short, a book of splendours. - The Irish Times --The Irish Times
About the Author
Sinead Morrissey was born in Portadown, Co Armagh, in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. She is the author of three previous collections: There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002) and The State of the Prisons (2005). Her awards include the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award and the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize. Both Between Here and There and The State of the Prisons were shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. The State of the Prisons was also shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Commonwealth Literature Prize. In 2007 she received a Lannan Literary Fellowship. She is lecturer in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen's University, Belfast.