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I'm an Irish writer and actor and have been living in England since 1991. I tour the one-woman play Music For Dogs, by distinguished Irish poet Paula Meehan, which won 4-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and which is avilable to book for festival, pubs and clubs oncce we get back to some kind of mormality.

Listen to a review from BBC Radio Scotland

I'm a member of Room 204, the prestigious writer development programme runs by Writing West Midlands and my short fiction and poetry have been published in a number of journals and publications in the UK, Ireland and the USA.

A poem published by Poetry Ireland, chosen by the late Eavan Boland

A Flash Fiction piece on Ink, Sweat & Tears

First prize-winner Blake-Jones Review 2019


My debut poetrey pamphlet "The Untethered Space" is published by 4Word Press on June 1st.

Hollywood actor Gabriel Byrne called it "A haunting and deeply moving collection."

T.S. Eliot prize-winner Philip Gross said "One of the time-honoured tasks of poetry is that of lament, and Carol Caffrey’s poems take it on with grace and wit as well as sensitivity... And like the best of elegy, this writing steps through sadness into celebration of language and life.”


 If you would like to purchase "The Untetethered Space" (and why wouldn't you?) you may do so through Paypal to this e-mail address:
musicfordogs1@gmail.com  The book cost £5.99 and postage to the UK is £.80 and £1.68 to Ireland and Europe. For all other destinations, email me at the same address for details.







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http://www.4word.org/poetry-and-hope/
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