Lynne Edgar’s poems have appeared in a number of publications, including Poetry Ireland Review. In October 2011, her first collection of poems, Trapeze, was published by Lapwing, and in 2012 she co-edited and contributed to Shared Spaces, an anthology of poems produced by the EU Peace III programme. In recent years she has read her work at events such as Belfast Book Festival, Stendhal Festival of Arts, and last year’s International Women’s Day at St Columb’s Cathedral which she co-hosted with fellow Literary Lady, Felicity McCall. Though primarily a poet, Lynne also enjoys writing short stories and drama.
Fermanagh Writers : Fermanagh Writers came together in 2009. They support each other in their creative endeavours, through a number of community-based activities, including their regular weekly sharing and critiquing forum; tutored workshops; live reading gigs and festival participation. Their diverse group welcomes many different people from County Fermanagh and its hinterland; this creates a vibrant, stimulating and nurturing environment, which enables people to develop, grow and flourish, both in their writing and also personally. Fermanagh Writers have now successfully published three collections: Tuesdays at Charlie’s (2012), Tails of the Unexpected (2013) and Tavern Told Tales (2015). Visit their website here.
Miss Paula Flynn is a singer-songwriter whose aim is to tell a good story. Her critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Miss Paula Flynn’, was released in 2009. In the words of Radio Ulster’s Gerry Anderson ‘She’s not like all the rest.’ In the words of Boris M. of Ouch! Magazine [New York] ‘She makes you feel, she makes stories, and she tells stories.’ Paula’s new album will be released shortly.
Geraldine Foley spent many years living on a boat and sailing the world’s oceans, using her pen to supplement a meagre income. She has contributed stories and technical articles to yachting magazines in USA, Australia and the UK. She also kept an audio diary for the RTE radio programme ‘Seascapes’ about her sailing adventures. Now a landlubber once again, she has taken up canal restoration and hillwalking as well as going back to college to study part-time for a BA in English and history at Ulster University.
Elaine Gaston‘s début poetry collection The Lie of the Land was published by Doire Press in July 2015. Elaine currently holds an ACE Award for poetry from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She was awarded the No Alibi’s Prize at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast, where she completed an M.A. and where she is currently completing a PhD. She lectures in Creative Writing at Ulster University. Find out more about Elaine and her work here.
Teresa Godfrey has written five feature length screenplays on commission and had two children’s dramas broadcast on Channel 4. She has also written a stage play, two audio plays and several adverts for various charitable or voluntary organisations. Her awards include the EU New Media Talent Award for her screenplay adaptation of the novel “Black Harvest” and the Allingham Award for her short story, “The Jackdaw in the Attic”. Her screenplays have been shortlisted for the Orange/Pathe Award Prize and also the Miramax Award. She currently lives in Enniskillen and is working on a poetry collection and a stage play.
E.V. Greig is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and an assistant editor and reviewer with the literary e-zine A New Ulster. She has been actively involved within the arts community in Northern Ireland since 2001. Her debut novel, The Legend Of Graymyrh, is a high fantasy adventure and was developed with the support of the Arts Council NI and National Lottery. Her current series of novellas, Bird Bright Shadows, is a mixture of science fiction and espionage, with a dash of romance.
Clodagh Brennan Harvey has written extensively on Irish folklore and storytelling [Contemporary Irish Traditional Narrative: The English Language Tradition – University of California Press, 1992], elements of which infuse her poetry, now the focus of her writing. “The Reconciliation Reel” appeared in the anthology Between the Light and the Half Light [Shalom House Poetry, Belfast, March 2015], and the poems “Mo Sheana agus Mo Shinsir” and “Psychopomp on Venice Beach” are forthcoming in two local anthologies . Her poem “Queue” was short-listed for the 2015 Bridport Prize.
Helen Hastings is a poet based in Lisburn. She attends open mic events and is a member of the Words For Castle Ward writers group. “Last light” was published in the Derry post in October 2015. She is currently working on a collection of poetry and short stories. Helen writes mainly for myself as a creative form of therapy, but she hopes that her work “speaks” to those who read it.
Sive Haughey is a retired teacher from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh. During her teaching years spent in Belfast, Cookstown and Derry, she wrote handbooks for students in French and Irish and on adult literacy. In her spare time she wrote short stories for magazines and was a member of several writers groups in Donegal and Derry. Since retiring she has self-published four works of fiction. These books were based on her experiences of boarding school, working and family life. She is currently working on a collection of humorous poetry and cartoons.
Mary Ellen Hayward’s first book, From Glen to Glen, is a collection of local myths and legends. She writes poetry and short stories, many of which have been broadcast on RTE Radio One and Radio Ulster and online in the Galway Review and Short Kids Stories. Her poetry has appeared in the literary section of the Ulster Tatler, Ulla’s Nib, Pop Shot and several C.A.P anthologies. Last spring one of her poems was shortlisted for the C.A.P. Seamus Heaney Inaugural Poetry Prize. Mary Ellen is based in Limavady.
Maureen Hill is a retired teacher who lives in Belfast. She is a member of Shalom Writers’ Group and of The Seamus Heaney Writers’ Group. She has had poems published in various anthologies and in magazines such as Orbis, The French Literary Review, Abridged and The Stinging Fly.
Maureen Hilley is a mother of five children and foster carer to a family of four. She’s also chairperson of Moyraverty 50+ Group. Maureen enjoys local history and has been writing stories and historical articles for a number of years.
Dominique Hoffman was born in Germany in a French-German family. She graduated as a translator at Montpellier University and settled in Belfast in 1994. She wrote a historical fiction called `Bohemian Tales` published in 2014 and translated `Petite Lotte` by French suffragette writer Simone Bodève in 2016.