Laurence O’Dwyer’s first collection of poetry, Tractography (Templar, 2018), received the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. His second collection, The Lighthouse Journal (Templar, 2020), received a Van Cleef & Arpels Special Fellowship in Poetry from the Bogliasco Foundation.
Working with the Swedish app developer and game-maker, Malte Olsson, The Lighthouse Journal has been adapted into an interactive book for Google Play featuring narrated poems, maps and photography from regions of Vesterålen and Lofoten where the book is set.
He has received fellowships from the Rensing Center and MacDowell and has been a visiting scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in paradigms of memory formation from Trinity College Dublin and in 2020 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship.
He is also a mountain runner and has completed the 170 km trail race, Andorra dels Cims, which circumnavigates the borders of Andorra along its ridge lines. Preparing for this race over a number of years afforded him ample time to get to know the local flora and fauna, including a lepidopterist who paved the way for his project, Catalan Butterflies.