Angela T. Carr hails from Glasgow, with roots in Donegal, and has lived and worked in Dublin since 1999.
An Honours graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow, Angela practised architecture in Ireland and the UK, to the level of Associate Director, taught at University College Dublin, and wrote about design for interiors magazines.
At the age of 6 or 7, with a passion for reading, Angela thought it likely she would become a writer someday; in her 30’s she realised, for this to happen, she would also have to start.
She took creative writing classes at the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin, in 2007 — later, focusing on poetry under the tutelage of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill — and works primarily in short fiction and poetry.
Her writing is published in literary journals and anthologies, in Ireland, the UK and internationally, including Prelude, Aesthetica Magazine, The London Magazine, Mslexia, Abridged, Bare Fiction, Banshee, The Pickled Body and more— read examples of Angela's poetry and short fiction — and has steadily been building a reputation with success in a number of Irish & UK literary competitions.
Three times short-listed for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, in 2013, her debut collection won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition, judged by Joseph Woods, poet and former Director of Poetry Ireland.
In 2014 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series, short-listed for the Listowel Writers' Week Single Poem Award and the Cúirt New Writing Showcase, a finalist in the Mslexia Poetry Competition, judged by Wendy Cope, a runner up in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year and winner of the Allingham Poetry Prize.
Her debut collection, How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life, was published by Bradshaw Books, November 2014.
Angela has read at literary events around the country, including the Irish Writers' Centre, Over The Edge, Ó Bhéal, Double Shot, The Ash Sessions, Culture Night, West Cork Literary Festival, Dublin Writers' Festival, Cork Spring Poetry Festival, Dromineer Literary Festival, Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Dublin Book Festival. Her poetry has been broadcast on RTE Radio One's Arena arts programme.
In 2016, she was a winner in The London Magazine Poetry Competition, a runner-up in the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, commended in the Hippocrates International Poetry Award, and shortlisted in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition and Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award. She was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize and read at Dublin Castle for Poetry Ireland on Culture Night.
Angela is a contributor to the Looking at the Stars anthology, launched in November 2016, targeting the increasing problem of homelessness in Ireland and raising funds for the Rough Sleepers Team at the Dublin Simon Community.
In 2017, she was joint runner up in the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, and Highly Commended in The Bristol Poetry Prize and iYeats International Poetry Competition. Angela was awarded a residency at Cill Rialaig by Listowel Writers' Week and read at the Writers' Salon during the festival in June.
In 2018, she was shortlisted in The Poetry Business International Poetry Pamphlet and Book Competition and won The Laureate’s Prize for a Single Poem in the same competition, chosen by UK Poet Laureate Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy. She was also commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition and shortlisted in the Doolin Writers' Week Poetry Competition.
She was one of eleven writers selected from throughout Ireland to take part in the inaugural Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme 2017/18 and worked with mentor Enda Wyley over a period of six months. She is currently working on a second collection.
Angela has worked as an Arts Administrator at the Irish Writers Centre, provided design, social media management and marketing support for Double Shot Poetry Readings, and was Poetry Editor at Headstuff.org from 2015-2017.