Carn Lodge, Ramelton, Co.Donegal • firstname.lastname@example.org • http://www.deniseblake.com/
Denise Blake was born in Lakewood Ohio in 1958 and returned to Ireland with her parents and family to live in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in 1969.
Denise’s newest collection, Invocation, was published by Revival Press – Limerick Writers’ Centre. Her first collection of poetry, Take a Deep Breath, was published by Summer Palace Press. Her second collection, How to Spin Without getting Dizzy, was published in Spring 2010.
She is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany RTE radio 1 and her work is in five Sunday Miscellany anthologies. She read at the Sunday Miscellany Live in Omagh, Ballyshannon, Clifden and three Christmas shows in the National Concert Hall.
She read as part of Poetry Ireland Introductions series, Out to Lunch readings, Over the Edge, Ó Bheal, North West Words, Irish Writers’ Cenre lunch series and took part in the Clé Author and Publisher library tour.
Her work has been published in
The Shop, Poetry Ireland Review , The Stinging Fly ,West 47 ,Revival Magazine, Abridged, Burning Bush 2, Poethead and North West Words. She is a founder of the Errigal Writers’ Group and received an MA in poetry from Lancaster University through the Poets’ House. She has wide experience of giving creative writing workshops in primary and secondary schools in Donegal and in Northern Ireland as well as working with adult groups.
Facilitator Facilitator on the Poetry Ireland Writers in the Schools Scheme
reference contact: Anna Bonner, Poetry Ireland 01-4789974
Poetry Ireland Writers in School Scheme;
Carrigart Schools, Downings, Crossmaglen, Knocknagor , Taebhog N.S.
Scoil Colmcille, Letterkenny 2- 6th classes
Scoile Mhuire Gan Smal, Drumfad N.S., Drumand N.S., Lurgybrack
CAP Poetry in Motion Schools, Northern Ireland
Secondary Schools – Transition year , Loreto Convent Letterkenny and Milford; Raphoe Royal; St. Eunan’s College;
Loreto Convent Letterkenny, Loreto Community College Milford, Mulroy College
Milford College- ref. Ms Maureen Curran
Finn Valley College 2nd yrs
Omagh High School , St Joseph’s College, Derry; Oakgrove College; St. Cecilia’s Secondary School; Forthill Integrated College, Lisburn,
JCSP – Falcarragh
Carraig Feile – 2011/ 2012 Childrens’ workshop and Adult workshop
Allingham Festival – Nov. 2011 workshop for children ages 10-14;
2015 – Adult Workshop : Writing from Memories
Sonas Festival, Louisburgh Children’s Art Festival – visited three schools Oct.2009
Ballyraine National School – Writing a children’s book. 5th class
Library visits –
Wainfest 2010 Poetry workshops in Letterkenny, Killybegs, Carndonagh, Buncrana, Ballyshannon, Bundoran, St. Johnston, Dungloe, Ramelton and Milford with school children from 7- 12 years old.
After School Scheme – Ramelton Community Hall ref Dan Mc Carthy Milford College
In-service Day – Teachers ofIllistrin National School ref- Tom Feeney
Teacher Training- VEC Centre, Gortahork
Donegal Education Centre
Over 55’s – Lifford Clonleigh Centre 2004-2008 ; April 2012/ 2013/2014
Big Telly Theatre Company- Omagh 1) Spring Chickens Project 2) Gortmore Day Care Centre ref – Pat Morris
Second Chance Certificate for Women – Module in Creative Writing
Second Chance scheme – St. Johnston/Castlefin
Adult Creative Writing-
Introductions Series, Poetry Ireland Out to Lunch Readings Bank of Ireland, Dublin Clifden, Clé Author and Publisher Tour Poetry Sunday, Bluestacks Festival Donegal Co. Council, Over the Edge reading, Galway, Kinsale Arts festival July 2010.
ÓBhéal , Cork city ; North West Words, Letterkenny
Pieces written for drama;
Short play Grandmother’s Nights presented by Balor Theatre for Carer’s Association and other groups.
Who Killed the Butler? A play co-ordinated with Milford Community College Transition Year students
Sunday Miscellany Broadcasts:
Poetry Ireland/ Irish Writers Centre lunchtime reading March 30, 2012
Literary Program Curator
Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival, Donegal Co. Council 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017