Maureen Boyle (Ireland) is a former committee member of the John Hewitt Society and read at the Spring School in Carnlough as well as the 2017 International Summer School in Armagh, alongside Siobhan Campbell and Nessa O’Mahony. Maureen has conducted Creative Writing classes for the Summer School across several decades.
Maureen’s was born in Strabane and attended Trinity College and Queen’s University Belfast. She taught Creative Writing with the Open University for ten years and teaches English in St Dominic’s Grammar School in Belfast. Already widely published in journals and anthologies, runner up in the 2004 Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and the winner of the 2007 Strokestown Festival, Maureen’s long-awaited debut collection, The Work of a Winter, was published by Arlen House in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for Best First Collection. In 2017 she was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry’s Inaugural Travel Bursary for work on Anne Moore, wife of John Donne, and her pamphlet, Strabane, with photographs by her husband Malachi O’Doherty, was published by Arlen House in 2020.
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