Digital Broadcast: Sunday 27th September: 14.30-15.30

Join editors Ruth Carr and Natasha Cuddington, along with contributors: Jo Egan, Siobhan Campbell and Clare Gallagher as they discuss with writer Nessa O’Mahony the impetus behind Her Other Language : Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse published by Arlen House – Ireland’s leading feminist press.

Ruth Carr

Ruth Carr edited The Female Line, Northern Irish Women Writers (NIWRM, Belfast, 1985). Her poetry collections are: There is a House and The Airing Cupboard (Summer Palace Press, 1999 & 2008) and most recently, Feather and Bone (Arlen House, 2018). She has co-curated the Of Mouthreading series with Natasha Cuddington (below), and together they co-edited Her Other Language: Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse (Arlen House, 2020).

Natasha Cuddington

Natasha Cuddington’s translations, essays and reviews have appeared in When the Neva Rushes Backwards (Lagan: 2014), Cyphers, Poetry Ireland, Modern Poetry in Translation, Metamorphoses and Irish Pages. In 2017, she received the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary. Her debut collection Each of us (our chronic alphabets) was published by Arlen House in 2018. With Ruth Carr (above), she co-curated Belfast’s Of Mouthreading series. Together they co-edited Her Other Language (see above).

Jo Egan

Jo Egan is a playwright and director is the Artistic Director of MACHA Productions. In 2013 she co-wrote and directed Crimea Square with Shankill residents. Sweeties premiered at GOH, Belfast (2014). Madame Geneva, Lyric, Belfast (2017) combined themes of gin, capitalism and Magdalen Laundries in London in 1758. In 2018, Jo was Derry Playhouse International Theatre Artist-in-Residence where she wrote and directed The Crack in Everything. Her play, Body Politics, was to open in The MAC March 2020. She holds an MFA in Playwriting (TCD, Lir Academy).

Siobhan Campbell

Siobhán Campbell’s fourth collection is Heat Signature  – ‘a poet who is invested in words as a powerful social currency.’ (Compass). Previous books include Cross-Talk (Seren) and The Permanent Wave (Blackstaff). Siobhan has won the Oxford Brookes International prize as well as awards in the Troubadour and National Poetry Competitions. She co-convenes the MA in Creative Writing at The Open University.

Clare Gallagher

Clare Gallagher is a poet and fiction writer from Derry. She featured in February’s New Irish Writing in The Irish Times and received the Seamus Heaney Award for New Irish Writing 2020.


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