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.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New Writers Opportunity - West of Ireland, from Clarinbridge Arts

Calling New Writers!

Clarinbridge Arts, with the support of Galway County Council, are inviting writers to try their luck in 'QUOTECARDS', a miniature publishing enterprise.
The idea is to give new writers from the west a kick-start.

"It's hard to become published," said a spokesperson. "And writing can be very solitary. So we want to give some writers a chance to meet each other, we want to celebrate them out in the open - and to micro-publish them!"

Poets, journalists, historians, thriller writers: any genre or form is welcome. "If you love writing,  are over 18, live in the west of Ireland, and have not been commercially published before - you're in!"

Here's how 'QUOTECARDS' works.

·      Send in one or two pieces of work (no more!) to by 15th May 2016.
·      A panel selects 4 - 8 pieces from all the submissions.
·      Each piece, or a line or two from each piece, will be printed on an individually designed postcard or bookmark.
·      Clarinbridge Arts print 100 of each card, 50 to go to the author, and 50 to give out free at a celebration launch of 'QUOTECARDS' in September.
·      The writer owns the copyright of the card for future use.

For further information contact

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