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Toby Buckley





Toby Buckley (he/him) is an archivist and writer from Donegal, currently based in Belfast. He completed his MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast as the first recipient of the Ruth West Poetry Award Scholarship. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary publications including Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly and Channel Magazine. His work features in the upcoming Doire Press anthology, Empty House (2021) and Lifeboat anthology, Queering the Green (2021). His pamphlet, Milk Snake, will be published by Emma Press in 2022.

Toby is a staff writer with The Net Gallery/Artist Virtual. His articles to date can be found here. He is also currently self-publishing his research on archive management in the heritage railway industry, which can be found here. He is also web developer, records manager, admin assistant and general dogsbody for Art On Scotland. He also ghost-writes nonfiction books. He does many things.

Toby’s past writing clients include LostPetFinders, Itcher Magazine, Project Luxury & Art, Beachfix, Landing.Jobs, Oursky, Whippee Gelato, Keymas, Typekids, Cañas y Tapas, Frimley Martial Arts & BX.Plans.


Education History

MSc Information Management and Preservation – University of Glasgow, Scotland.

MA English – Poetry – Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

BA English with Creative Writing – Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Awards and Trophies


LONGLIST: Fool for Poetry Award, 2017. 

NOMINEE: GALAS Award for Art & Literature, 2017. 

SHORTLIST: The Charter Oak Award for Best Historical, 2017. 

Bursary to attend the John Hewitt Summer School 2017.

Poetry Ireland Introductions Series graduate, 2018. 

Poetry Ireland Review Featured Poet, 2018. 

SHORTLIST: North West Words Poetry Competition, 2019. 

SECOND PLACE: Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry, 2019.
Footnote* Featured Poet, 2020.

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