Author of three collections published by Doire Press, in 2016 - 2018 Susan's poems have appeared, among elsewhere, in: The Cafe Review, Oregan, USA - Gather In, in a Special Irish Edition; Bosom Pals,Ed Marie Cadden (Doire Press, 2017) an anthology entirely in aid of Breast Cancer Research in the National UniveristyHospital, Galway and When They've Grown Another Me in Poetry Ireland Review, Dec 2018. January 2018 has seen her poems Commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition.

She has been an invited reader of her poems at local readings in Galway, Cork and Dublin and at festivals, including the Belfast Book Festival, Cuirt International Festival of Literature and Clifden Arts Festival. Her poems have been read on radio.

Susan completed her degree in social science and qualified as a professional social worker in Trinity College, Dublin 1975. She was a psychotherapist, trainer, facilitator and occasional consultant to organisations for over thirty years until her retirement in 2012. Drawing together her writing with her earlier skills she has written interviews and facilitated conversations mediated by poetry. She continues to work on a manuscript relating the story of starting out in poetry and a mid-life move West along with occasional other creative non-fiction pieces.

Her workshop Having a New Conversation: About Dreaming was listed on the The Cuirt International Festival of Literature Programme (2015) and she facilitates similar workshops on a variety of themes, discussed through the medium of poetry, regularly and occasionally in local community settings.

While a founding editor of Skylight 47 Susan interviewed: then Ireland Professor of Poetry, Harry Clifton; Kay Ryan, former US Poet Laureate invited to Ireland by Dromineer Literature Festival and Dani Gill who talks about curating The Cuirt International Literature Festival. Her most recent interview, of Maeve O'Sullivan, appears in The Honest Ulsterman February, 2018.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

People Power

     A photo shared on social media; beds offered in homes.  Bob Geldof’s offer to do the same thing on radio. Politicians catch the change in mood, change their own attitude, and act in accord.

     A thousand or more people elect to disregard false promise when their train journey doesn’t take them over the border. One man, with a megaphone, entreats his fellow desperate not to submit but to get to their feet and walk - and continues until they join him one by one. 

     The walking thousand – this time on a busy motorway - continue in hope and then the buses come, take them to a destination of hope.

     In the early 1980’s I attended a Conference in Amsterdam, titled The Spirit of Peace. The Assistant Secretary General of the UN told the assembly that people work for years to get to the top of organisations where they believe they will have power to change things. When they get there they realise they are relatively powerless, come to realise the real power is back where they came from.

    The world depends on us.

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