Maura Johnston was born in Moneymore, she has lived there for the past forty-four years. Since her retirement from education, she has worked with children in cross-community projects and on writing projects with a variety of groups. Maura has published two collections of poetry: Just Suppose (1999) and, more recently, The Whetstone (2019). Her poetry has been described as ‘grounded in place’ and ‘shining with integrity and wisdom’ (Poetry Ireland).
Kate Newmann was born in County Down, Kate now lives in Donegal, where she founded Summer Palace Press along with her Armagh-born mother and poet Joan Newmann. A Cambridge English graduate and former editor at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, she is the author of The Blind Woman in the Blue House (2001), I am a Horse (2011), Grim (2015), and Belongings (2007), with Joan Newmann. A winner of the William Allingham Poetry Award, the Swansea Award, and the Listowel Festival single poem award, her last collection, Ask Me Next Saturday, was published in 2018.
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