Christine Murray is renowned for her poetry and her work on behalf of women writers. She is known internationally for her work as creator and curator of the website Poethead, https://poethead.wordpress.com/ Poethead is a free, open access database of women’s poetry which is dedicated to the written expression of women poets from Ireland and throughout the world.

Poetry from Christine Murray
Christine Murray, poet and activist

Christine is a passionate advocate for the voices of Irish women poets and an active member of the group Fired! Irish Women Poets and the Canon, who campaign for parity of esteem and inclusion of Irish women poets in the literary canon. Christine describes the background to Fired! here: https://poethead.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/fired-irish-women-poets-and-the-canon-preamble-to-the-pledge/

Publications

Christine’s own poetry has been widely published, both in print and online, in chapbooks, anthologies and journals. Her publications include:

 “Three Red Things,” (Smithereens Press, 2013)
 “Cycles,” (Lapwing Press, 2013)
 “The Blind” (Oneiros Books, 2013)
 “Signature,” (Bone Orchard Press, 2014)
 “A Hierarchy of Halls,” Smithereens Press)
Anthologies representing her work include
 “And Agamemnon Dead: An Anthology of Early 21st Century Irish Poetry,” (eds Peter O’Neill and Walter Ruhlmann;
“All The Worlds Between,” (Eds Srilata Krishnan and Fióna Bolger, Yoda Publishing, 2017), 
 “The Gladstone Readings,”(Ed. Peter O’Neill, Famous Seamus Publishing, 2017)

Chris was a contributor to “Eavan Boland: Inside History,” (Eds Siobhán Campbell and Nessa O’Mahoney, Arlen House, 2016).

Reviews of bind

bind is the first of Christine’s books to be published by Turas Press (October 2018). Eavan Boland described the poetry of bind thus:

These elegant and impressionistic poems work with a fractured landscape, one that will haunt and engage the reader…poems will remain in the reader’s memory long after they have caught the reader’s attention.”

In her review of bind in the The Blue Nib 36 December 2018, Emma Lee noted

” The graceful control of the poems demonstrates skill and understanding of lyric and subject.  bind  is a book to dip into and return to with the possibility of seeing something new on each visit.”https://thebluenib.com/article/emma-lee-reviews-bind-by-christine-murray-sb/

Irish Times article on the writing of bind

The Irish Times (Fri October 19th 2018) published an article by Christine about the creative process that underpinned the development and creation of bind.   https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/i-am-a-poet-without-a-landscape-a-woman-poet-without-a-narrative-heritage-1.3669358