Moyra Donaldson is a poet and creative writing facilitator from Co Down. She has published nine collections of poetry, Snakeskin Stilettos, Beneath the Ice, The Horse’s Nest and Miracle Fruit, from Lagan Press, Belfast and an American edition of Snakeskin Stilettos, published in 2002 from CavanKerry Press.
Her Selected Poems and The Goose Tree, were both published by Liberties Press, Dublin.
Moyra has also collaborated with photographer Victoria J Dean, resulting in the art book Dis-ease and with visual artist Paddy Lennon, resulting in a limited edition book of poetry and paintings, Blood Horses, from Caesura Press.
Her latest collection, Carnivorous was published by Doire Press, Spring 2019. Her poetry has received many awards and in 2019, Moyra received a Major Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
A new collection, Bone House, is forthcoming from Doire Press in 2021
Moyra Donaldson has over twenty years of facilitation experience. She has taught creative writing through a wide range of organisations, academic, literary and community and has been a constant champion for new voices. She is a mentor and creative writing facilitator for the Irish Writers Centre and mentor for Words Ireland and has mentored poets working towards a first collection. She has worked as an external assessor for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has been a judge in the Seamus Heaney Poetry Award, the Mairtin Crawford Award and the Brian Moore Short Story Competition. Moyra has a BA in English Language and Literature and has won awards for both her poetry and short stories. Moyra is particularly interested in helping individuals to find their own voice and believes in encouraging both inspiration and craft in the writing process. Supportive in their design, Moyra’s classes also encourage personal and creative development. She has a wide-ranging knowledge of the literary scene, outlets for publication and other opportunities.