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Poetry Ireland & Verbal Arts Centre – Writers in Schools

I have been asked to deliver workshops in three schools in Northern Ireland as part of the Verbal Arts Centre’s Writers in Schools festival : I am really enjoying my visits with Oakgrove College, Sacred Heart Primary School and St. Joseph’s Boys School. With thanks to Mary Fitzpatrick of V. Arts, Anna Bonner P.I. and Read More

JCSP Residency

I just finished a very enjoyable residency with a lovely group of first year JCSP students in Mulroy College. It was wonderful to see their work all typed up and collected for the Make a Book project. Best wishes to the students and thank you to Karen Patton for all her support. Read More

#WomenXBorders – Irish Writers Centre

Amazing day in the Irish Writers Centre today – #WomenXBorders readathon of 80 women It was lovely to get the opportunity to read two poems with thanks to everyone involved in organising the event & with thanks to June Caldwell for the photo Read More

Sunday Miscellany – poems: Butterfly House & Full Sail

Sunday Miscellany 26 February 2017 Radio Player link New short essays: Vincent Woods, Cyril Kelly,Butterfly House, a poem by Denise Blake, Catherine Foley, Frank Kavanagh, Mary O’Malley, Full Sail, another poem by Denise Blake Music: Scriabin’s Etude in F sharp minor, Opus 42, no. 3, ‘Mosquito’, played on piano by Valentina Lisitsa, It’s a Read More

One-to-one Mentoring Scheme – Irish Writers Centre

I am a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre and I am on their panel for poetry mentoring. I am available to work with beginning, emerging or advanced writers. “The Irish Writers Centre has developed a panel of Professional Members who are published and experienced authors or industry professionals acting as mentors to help Read More

Creative Writing Facilitator Facebook Page ; Reviews: Review from a primary school residency : The student’s ideas and their writing were given the same attention and they felt equally valued. The discussions and the stimulus provided at the beginning of every lesson provided context and vocabulary for children with limited life experiences and helped them participate Read More

Two poems : Lady Liberty and Fake News

Two topical poems : Lady Liberty poem & on soundcloud Fake News – a found poem & on soundcloud Soundcloud : Fake News : Read More

Christmas morning on RTE Radio 1

It was lovely to be part of the Sunday Miscellany Christmas show recorded at the National Concert Hall Radio Player :!rii=b9_10664219_0__ Read More

The Conwal singers & guests

Carols at Christmas with the Conwall Singers and conductor Karen Patton and guests: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Denise Blake, Aisling Ní Fhionnáin & David Crawford Wednesday Dec. 14th @ 8:00 , Conwal Parish Church I am really looking forward to taking part in this event. It will be a lovely evening. With thanks to Karen Patton Read More

Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas

I’m really thrilled to have been asked by Aoife Nic Cormaic to write a Christmas piece and read it in the National Concert Hall for this Sunday Miscellany Live event. RTÉ Concert Orchestra Aoife Nic Cormaic, presenter Special Guests- writers, poets, singers and musicians Following on from the hugely successful collaboration between RTÉ Radio 1’s Read More

Gerard Beirne Workshop – Ramelton

Creative Writing Weekend From First Draft to Final Draft Facilitator : Gerard Beirne at Carn Lodge Ramelton 19/20th November A series of three workshops that will guide you through the process of writing fiction and poetry from first draft to final draft and show you how to prepare your finished work for submission to magazines, Read More

Poem – Blending – Sunday Miscellany

This poem, Blending, was broadcast on Sunday Miscellany on Nov. Blending I cut the bag open, take in the flavours. It has been a journey, from coffee wafting through our Ohio childhood; Mom and her friends’ laughter in the kitchen while we played out on the front porch. Our move home to Donegal and their Read More

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