Grace Wells is an eco-poet and environmental writer. She is based in Ennistymon, in West Clare. Her work is primarily concerned with nature, spirit-of-place, and our multiple ecological emergencies.
Her debut novel was Gyrfalcon, a book for children which won the Eílís Dillion Award, and was an International White Ravens Choice.
Her debut poetry collection, When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things, won the Rupert and Eithne Strong best first collection award.
She has been published widely and won many bursaries and prizes, including the 2021 Arts Council Literature Bursary.
She has mentored and taught emerging writers on behalf of Poetry Ireland, Words Ireland, and large number of County Council Arts Offices.
Most recently she has begun creating poetry-film. She runs The Little Sanctuary, a small artist’s retreat space on the edge of Ennistymon.
In August 2021 she was annouced as Poet Laureate for Ennistymon as part of Poetry Ireland’s Poetrytown initiative. She is Clare County Council’s 2022 Platform 31 artist.