About Mary Montague

I am a poet and prose writer. I have two collections of poetry, and my work has been widely published in Ireland and abroad. My poetry has also featured in a number of anthologies, and has been translated into French, Italian and Russian. I am also a contributor to The Guardian’s Country Diary.

I have been the recipient of a number of awards including the 2019 Poetry Ireland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Mid Career Bursary, and several awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. These include an award through the Support for the Individual Artist Programme (2017), and a grant through the Individual Emergency Resilience Programme 2 (2021).

As a writer, I have always been captivated by the natural world. I am fascinated by evolution and its relationship to ecology, and how the interaction between these fields of study extend beyond science to the arts: how the environment shapes body and character.

Nature, culture and art connect in the poetry of the written word. Harsh northern territories and their fauna resonate with me. I lived for many years in the Sperrins where the bogland holds the memory of ancient forests but the tundral landscape illustrates our power to alter even the wildest of places. I am also deeply interested in birds (I have a PhD in ornithology)  – fascinating subjects for artists and scientists alike.

For more details of my professional qualifications and expertise with respect to science and nature, please see the pages within Science Stuff on this website.

I’m Belfast-based and work as a facilitator of poetry and creative writing. I’m a facilitator with Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Programme. I’m also a member of of the Irish Writers Centre, through which I offer One-to-One Mentoring for beginning and emerging poets.

I have recently completed a novel and am currently working on my next collection of poetry.