New Liberties Press poet: Moyra Donaldson!

As you may already know, last summer we launched the Liberties Press poetry imprint with the release of New and Selected Poems by President Higgins and Poems by Maurice Craig. This new venture proved an exciting and successful one as well as one we hope to develop.  

It therefore gives me great delight to announce that we recently acquired award-winning poet Moyra Donaldson and will publish her Selected Poems this summer ahead of a eagerly-awaited new collection in Spring 2013. 

Moyra was born and brought up in Co. Down and has been described as one of the country’s most distinctive and accomplished writers: a poet whose voice is full of integrity and mystery.

A pamphlet of her poems, Kissing Ghosts, was published by Lapwing in 1996 and her collections are Kissing Ghosts, Snakeskin Stilettos, Beneath the Ice, The Horse’s Nest, and Miracle Fruit. Her poetry has won a number of awards, including the Allingham Award, the National Women’s Poetry Competition and the Cuirt New Writing Award. Both her poetry (1998) and her short stories (2002) have been short listed for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards. She has received four awards from the Arts Council NI, most recently, the Artist Career Enhancement Award. Her poems have been anthologised and have featured on BBC Radio and television, including the Channel 4 production, Poems to Fall in Love With and she has read at festivals in Ireland, England, Canada, America and Hungary.

Moyra is also an experienced creative writing tutor, working with individuals and groups in the literary, community and health care sectors. She has edited a number of anthologies and was literary editor for Fortnight magazine. Moyra also acts as a mentor, both freelance and for literary organisations.

In more recent news, Moyra's poetry is soon to be published  in the second volume of the Waiting Room Reader, published by the excellent CavanKerry Press, New York. The Waiting Room Reader: Stories to Keep you Company, will be placed in many waiting rooms in hospitals in the tri-state area. Over 10,000 free copies of the first volume of the Reader were placed in over 300 waiting rooms in more than 63 hospitals in the tri-state area. A couple of her poems will also feature in the next edition of the Cincinnati Review (9.1) and on Sheffield poet Rob Hindle's blog.

Find out more about Moyra and keep up-to-date with what she's doing/where she's reading on her own blog:

Welcome to Liberties Press, Moyra!


 Praise for Moyra Donaldson’s poetry:

‘I read and reread The Horse's Nest with amazement and delight. For me, it was one of the most enjoyable poetry books of the last few years. It's a book which transports you to a magical place; in this sense I believe it to be a beautiful and enduring piece of art.' Paul Perry

'Moyra Donaldson has assimilated the powerful influences of Yeats, Hewitt, Hughes, Longley and Heaney, together with Plath and Liz Lochhead, to present a hard-won distinctive self...' Medbh McGuckian

‘Snakeskin Stilettos is quite simply a brilliant debut, and the more I read the poems the better I like them.’ Paddy Bushe, Poetry Ireland Review