Spring 2018 Readings

  • The launch of Love Lough Beg for World Wetlands Day, Friday 2 February, at 2:00pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Thanks to Maria McManus for her kind invitation.
  • International Women’s Day Reading, with the Burnavon Writers’ Group, and Kate and Joan Newmann,  at 2pm on Thursday, 8 March at The Hub, Cookstown. Thanks to Maura Johnston for her kind invitation.


William Carleton Summer School, 15 September 2017

I was honoured to read at the William Carleton Summer School on Friday 15 September 2017, in the beautiful Corick House, in the Clogher Valley, Co Tyrone. See my blog post re same.




Landing places, Crescent Arts Centre, 29 July 2017

As part of the Landing Places – #saveheaneycountry #A6WinWinSolution.

I was honoured to take part in this event, with Iseult and Cian McGrory, Heather Newcombe, Jamie & Gary, Kathleen McCracken and Olive Broderick, Chris and Doris, Brigid O’Neill, Stephen James Smith, Paul Maddern and Moyra Donaldson, Dermot Hickson, Kate Newmann, Joan Newman, Maggie Croninand Wendy Jack

Maria McManus made it possible and Aisling Cowan made it magical.

Chris and Doris Murphy made it imperative.


Me, (reading), with Heather Newcombe (seated). Photo courtesy of Maria McManus.


IMG_0593.JPG  Doris and Maria


Oragami whooper swan, among other table decorations: artistry of Aisling Cowan. 



Women Aloud & The Belfast Book Festival 2017

I took part in the Women Aloud NI Readathon on 17 June 2017 at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. So many wonderful writers and a great way to spend the last afternoon of the festival.

I read “The Opposite Birds”, which, I can now announce (you heard it first here!), is forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review (122). I’m particularly delighted about this publication as it was chosen by PIR’s current editor, the august Eavan Boland.


With thanks to Anne McMaster for the photo.



Lunar Poetry Podcasting

With Anne McMaster, I read for a Lunar Poetry Podcast on 12 June 2017, as part of the Belfast Book Festival.

Among the poems I read were:

Anne also discussed Women Aloud and its explosive impact on the visibility of female writers in Northern Ireland.

Click HERE for the full podcast.

It was lovely to meet David Turner and Lizzie Turner (née Palmer) of Lunar Poetry, who, granted by the Arts Council of England, and following the successes of both Lunar Poetry and Woman Aloud NI in the Saboteur Awards (Women Aloud won the Best WildCard, for which Lunar Poetry Podcasts was also shortlisted), travelled to Belfast to do the recordings for the readings and interview.

As always when it comes to Women Aloud, thanks to the indefatigable Jane Talbot for this showcase.



Arlen House Booklaunches

On Friday 19 May 2017, at the Linenhall Library, Belfast, I was one of the poets reading at the double booklaunch by Arlen House of:

  1.  Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry (ed. Alan Hayes); 
  2. Eavan Boland: Inside History (ed. Nessa O’Mahony and Siobhán Campbell).

The event celebrated the 40th anniversary of Arlen House, Ireland’s chief feminist press, and Eavan Boland’s profound influence – as poet, and as critical voice; as well as the work of 100 female Irish poets.

It was a great afternoon with a capacity crowd.



Photos by myself and Maura Johnston


AE Open Mic

  • Poetry reading to mark the 150th anniversary of George Russell‘s (AE) birth in the Beehive Bar, Lurgan, the building where George Russell (AE) was born.  Local poet Martelle McPartland hosted this event, 10 April 2017.

Me doing some serious reading at the event! Photo by Martelle McPartland.

Me in Lurgan


Belfast Women Aloud Poster

  • Launch of Tribe (2008): Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 3 October 2008; Bluestacks Festival 5 October 2008; Damer Hall, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 4 November 2008.
  • Out to Lunch Reading, Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, 8 December 2006
  • Summer Palace Press reading at The Troubadour, Earl’s Court, London, 6 February 2006
  • Centenary Patrick Kavanagh Festival, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, 27 Nov 2004
  • Bluestacks Festival, Co Donegal, 4 October 2003
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Poetry Now Festival, 23 March 2003
  • Belfast Festival at Queen’s, 9 Nov 2002
  • The Gathering Festival, Verbal Arts Centre, Derry, 7 Oct 2002
  • Launch of Beyond the Rubicon (1999): Arts Centre Letterkenny; Verbal Arts Centre, Letterkenny; Irish Writers’ Centre Dublin; Creative Writers Network, Belfast