Ross Hattaway has  three poetry collections:

Ross reading at The Listeners Open Mic

“The Gentle Art of Rotting” (Seven Towers, 2014)

 “How to Sleep with Strangers” (Turas Press, 2018) 

 “Pretending to Be Dead,” (Seven Towers, 2016)


He is originally from New Zealand and has lived in Ireland for more than two decades.

Ross’s work has been published widely, and he has performed his poetry in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Lithuania. His work has been translated into Russian.

Reviews of “How to Sleep with Strangers”

In her review of “How to Sleep with Strangers”  in Poetry Ireland Review Issue 127, Julie Morrissey noted how this collection

“…draws together sometimes disparate influences, including a series of tanka, odes to the Paua (Maori sea snails), poems about Christian practices and confessional and lyrical poems…his wry humour comes through in poems such as ‘Shopping’…at times, reading this collection was akin to waking up in new surroundings, a slightly disorientating experience, but one with enough intrigue to continue exploring.”

Colin Dardis reviewed “How to Sleep with Strangers” in Lagan Online September, 2017

” ‘Strangers’ is an examination of parameters and possibilities. It explores spaces, concrete and metaphysical, easily moving between the natural and the man-made…[it] will leave you will a curiously angry smile on your face as Hattaway chooses to answer life with whimsy in places, but bemoans the certitude of heartache as well.”

Elizabeth Knox says

” ‘How to Sleep with Strangers’ is a mix of obliquity both alarming and reassuring – like the idea of fate. These poems play and pun, and sometimes come close and whisper something terribly sad and shocking in your ear.”

The Sunflower Sessions, Dublin Open Mic

Ross is a founder member and organiser of the Sunflower Sessions, monthly open mic event held in Dublin city centre on the last Wednesday of every month. Check for details of venue and time.