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Susan has had poems read or read them herself on the Irish national radio station RTE 1, on The Tubridy Show (when her poem won a competition and was read accompanied to music from the RTE Orchestra) and on The John Murray Show when she read her poem about having raised a family and starting out alone again, camping on Renvyle Beach. She has been an invited reader at Cuirt Literature Festival, Clifden Arts Week, Over the Edge Literary Events, Mythic Links, Dublin and the Belfast book fair.
She retired (June 2012) from her practice of over thirty years as a psychotherapist, facilitator and consultant to organisations but still undertakes some consultancy work and facilitates workshops broadly in the area of creative living. These include: Taking a word for a walk… designed to develop creativity through writing; Resilience and wellbeing – designing your life through minimal changes and Having the Conversation – About Faith, introduced through poetry and for people of no faith or any.
Susan’s article on poetry as an act of translation appeared in Writing.ie. An extensive interview she undertook with Ireland Professor of Poetry, Harry Clifton, was published in Skylight 47 Issue 1 and she has presented an ‘anti-elevator’ pitch designed to start a conversation suggesting that if her product was for sale on Diagon Alley, to Harry Potter and friends, the label on the jar would read Sound Melts and would be sold out quickly due to its magical properties. Poetry being, as Adrienne Rich wrote, ‘an exchange of electrical currents through language’.
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