Our Jury

The RTÉ  A Poem For Ireland Jury comprises six people who are each immersed, in different ways, in writing about, performing, supporting or simply appreciating Irish poetry.

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Maria Johnston

Dr. Maria Johnston received her Doctorate in English Literature in 2007 and has since worked as a Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, the Mater Dei Institute (DCU) and Oxford University.

Maria is a well-known poetry critic and her reviews and essays have appeared in a range of publications including the Guardian, Poetry Ireland Review, Edinburgh Review, Poetry Review, Oxford Tower Poetry Matters, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry and The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. She is the co-editor of Reading Pearse Hutchinson (Irish Academic Press, 2011) and is currently working on a book on contemporary Irish poetry.