Denise Blake

Carn Lodge, Ramelton, Co.Donegal • denise@b4.ie • https://www.deniseblake.com/

Denise Blake was born in Ohio 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.

Denise was Virtual Artist for The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny January’21

MA in Creative Writing -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.


Poetry Ireland Writers in the Schools Scheme

CAP Poetry in Motion Schools, Northern Ireland – Poetry in Motion Schools ; Poetry in Motion Community

Pushkin Trust Facilitator

TAP – Teacher & Artists Partnership Tutor & Facilitator

Donegal County Library – adult groups; TY students

Inishowen Development Partnership


Donegal Bay & Blue Stacks Festival – Literary Curator 2007-2020

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

Poetry Competition Judge 2020

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

Second Chance Certificate for Women – Tutor Module in Creative Writing


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