Denise Blake

Carn Lodge, Ramelton, Co.Donegal • denise@b4.ie • https://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; 

Primary Schools

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 SchoolsTransition 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  

Jan 2012 8 sessions =     Deele College ;   Raphoe Royal;   St Columbas ;    Arranmore Island;  Mulroy College; Ballinamore
Feb 2015 –  Mulroy College, Arranmore Island

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.

NI Libraries – Empowering Women workshop and reading  Armagh Library
Banbridge, Shantallow and Maghera

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-

Publication in magazines include, 
The Shop, Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, Southward, Revival Magazine, Burning Bush 2, Poethead, Northwest Words 

Poetry Readings;

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

Social Media







  • Claire

    Hi Denise,

    Sorry for the late notice but I will not be able to make class tonight. I have unexpected guests.

    Realised that also do not have your mobile.

    See you next week!


  • Noirin Clancy

    If you send me your email address, (can’t see it on website) I’ll forward details of launch on 25th June in Buncrana and an evening of playback theatre on June 24th also at Gateway Hotel in Buncrana.
    074 91 72901

  • Carmeldunleavy

    Hi Denise,
    Once again you’ve nailed it on your piece about Boy Bands! It was super-I was there with tartan & the whole deal!
    Please keep up your wonderful work & keep us reminded of our youth! All best with future writings. This time we were unfortunately unable to attend the recordings. I look forward to next week’s
    All best always,

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