Adam Wyeth Biography
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Adam Wyeth Biography

Wyeth's critically acclaimed collection, Silent Music (2011) has been hailed as

'a debut of astonishing assurance.'Ailbhe Darcy

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ADAM WYETH is an award-winning poet, playwright and essayist living in Dublin. He has three books published. His critically acclaimed debut collection, Silent Music (2011) was Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Adam’s second book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (2013) contains poems from Ireland’s leading poets followed by sharp essays that unpack each poem and explore its Celtic mythological references. Adam’s third book and second poetry collection The Art of Dying was published with Salmon in November 2016 and was named as an Irish Times Book of the Year.

Adam’s poetry has won and been commended in many international competitions, including The Bridport Poetry Prize, The Arvon Poetry Prize and The Ballymaloe Poetry Prize. His work appears in several anthologies including The Forward Prize Anthology (2012 Faber), The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword 2010) and The Arvon 25th Anniversary Anthology. In 2016, Adam was selected for the Poetry Ireland Review's Rising Generation of poets. Composer Michael Doherty (BBC, Channel 4) adapted three of Adam’s poems for a choral piece, called The Art of Dying, which got 2nd prize in the West Cork Chamber Festival 2017.

A book reviewer and essayist, Adam has written articles and features for several newspapers and literary journals, including The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Southword and The Cork Literary Review. You can read a selection of reviews here.''


Adam’s plays have had several professional productions in Ireland, Berlin and New York. In 2014 he adapted his debut play ‘Hang Up’ for screen, which premiered at Cork International Film Festival. He is currently under commission to write an original screenplay.

In 2004, Adam directed A Life in the Day of Desmond O'Grady, which premiered at the Cork International Film Festival and in 2005 he filmed and directed an experimental feature documentary, Soundeye International Poetry Festival.

Adam’s debut play, Hang Up, produced by Broken Crow (2013), has been staged at many festivals, including the Electric Picnic, Home Festival, Cork and the Galway Theatre festival. In 2015, it was staged in Berlin by Broken Teapot Productions who presented 'An Evening of Adam Wyeth' at Theaterforum Kreuzberg. Adam adapted the play for screen with Enrique Carnicero who also directed it. It premiered at Cork’s International Film Festival 2014.

In 2013, Adam was commissioned by Cyclone Rep. to write The Poetry Sessions, a full-length play, co-written with Paula McGlinchey, covering all the poets on the Leaving cert syllabus, which enjoyed a nationwide tour. His third play, Lifedeath was showcased at the Triskel Arts Centre mini-festival of new work in December 2013 and was named by the Irish Examiner as the play of the festival. It was also presented at University College Cork's Theatre Festival 2014. Lifedeath was also presented at Engage Arts festival, Bandon 2014. Adam’s fourth play Apartment Block has been showcased in Berlin and New York. A major Dublin production is in development. Adam is also co-founder with McGlinchey of Why on Earth Productions, which had its first production of solo-play Yoga For Beginners as part of the Scene & Heard work in development Festival at Smock Alley, 2016.


Adam has been working as a Creative Writing Facilitator since 2004. He has developed a unique series of Creative Writing workshops called The Mythic Imagination based on his book The Hidden World of Poetry. He hosts a range of Creative Writing Workshops, facilitating at many venues, including the Irish Writers Centre, The Big smoke Writing Factory, Dublin; Anam Cara Retreat, Co. Cork, Tig Fili and The Story House Ireland.

Adam also runs one-to-one online Creative Writing workshops through his website and where he also works as an editor and critic, giving feedback and analysis on all fiction, poetry and other literary work. He currently works as a researcher on the RTE Poetry Programme.