Ruth O'Callaghan, a Hawthornden Fellow, competition adjudicator, interviewer, reviewer, editor, workshop leader and mentor, hosts two poetry venues in London, has compered and read at poetry festivals in the U.K. and abroad and has read extensively in Asia, Europe and the USA, and has collaborated with other disciplines and nationalities including Mongolian women poets (sponsored by Arts Council) which produced a book and CD.
She has been awarded residencies in different European countries and at the XXX World Congress of Poets in Taiwan was awarded a gold medal. She has ten full collections and her book of interviews with internationally eminent women poets has been said to be “a very important contribution to world literary history.” (Professor Clare Brant, University of London.)
Her two poetry venues, whose ethos is to promote poetry’s social dimension, enables both famous and unknown to read together with proceeds contributing monies necessary to support two Cold Weather Shelters for the Homeless – the latter are also encouraged to participate.
She endeavours to bring fresh audiences to poetry – especially those who are disadvantage in some way. She has read to audiences of nearly a thousand in America where she was the only poet and the following day read on a buffalo farm where the buffalo outnumbered the audience. (One has to be flexible to be a poet.)
She is also the poet for Strandlines, a community, multi-disciplinary project administered by the auspices of Kings College, University of London.
Unportioned - Salmon Poetry (2019)
Mapping the Light - Shoestring Press 2018
Wringing Blood - Salmon Poetry 2018
Vortices - Shoestring Press 2016
An Unfinished Sufficiency - Salmon Poetry 2015
The Silence Unheard - Shoestring Press 2013
Another Morning of Quiet Pleasures - Soaring Penguin Press 2013
Goater’s Alley - Shoestring Press 2010
A Lope of Time - shoestring Press 2009
Where Acid Has Etched - bluechrome 2007