Simon Lewis’ first collection, Jewtown, was a finalist in the Shine/Strong Award in 2017. In 2015 he was the winner of the Hennessey Prize for Emerging Poetry and runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Prize. His second collection is Ah, Men!

Ah, Men!

Ah, Men! is the 2nd poetry collection by Simon Lewis. In these new poems, Lewis considers what it means to be male in 21st century Ireland, reflecting on how the role of the male in Irish society is changing rapidly.


Simon’s debut poetry collection Jewtown was a finalist in the Shine/Strong Award. It chronicles the experiences of Lithuanian Jews who in the late 1880s-90s settled in an area of Cork city that became known as Jewtown.

Readings & Appearances

Upcoming Events
  1. Strokestown

    May 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. International Spring Poetry Festival, Lithuania

    May 28 - June 1

I was lucky to be asked to read at one of the Books Upstairs events this weekend. Sunday Sessions is an event where 3 writers are asked to perform their work in the café of the shop.

On the day Jewtown came out, I read here with Rita Ann Higgins and Michael J Whelan over 3 years ago. This week, I had Leo Cullen and Ben McGuire to read with. Ben’s dad, Brian, provided the music.

Brian McGuire

There was a packed room with over 60 people which added to the buzz of a very friendly atmosphere. I read from both Ah, Men! and Jewtown.


I had a great time reading at Culture Night in Poetry Ireland’s HQ. I read with Vincent Woods. Kerrie O’Brien was also due to read with us but, alas, she didn’t show. Hopefully she’s ok. I read 5 poems from my new collection, Ah Men! I think they went down ok.


I’m very happy to have been selected to read at the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford this year. It’s one of my more “local” festivals. Thanks for Cat Hogan for asking me along. I’ll be reading with my fellow Doire Press poet, Michael Whelan and I’ll finally be meeting Sarah Clancy, who I keep missing.