Bio / About C. Murray


s200_christine_elizabeth.murrayChristine Murray is a poet and web developer. She developed Poethead; a poetry blog nine years ago. She graduated in Art History and English Literature at UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy. She qualified and has worked as a city and guilds conservation stone cutter with the Office of Public Works/Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. Her restoration stone work is largely architectural, she worked in Counties Limerick and Kerry, and was based at Ross Castle at Loch Lein (Killarney, Co. Kerry) and in Ardfert Cathedral among other places. She is primarily a page poet but has written poetry for vocal performance. Her ‘Lament for Three Women’s Voices‘ was performed at The Béal Festival of New Music and Poetry  (Smock Alley Theatre, 2012).


Her chapbook Three Red Things (2013) published by Smithereens Press. A small collection of interrelated poems in series and sequence Cycles (2013) published by Lapwing Press. A book length poem The Blind (2013) published by Oneiros Books. Her second book length poem She (2014) published by Oneiros Books. A chapbook Signature (2014)  published by Bone Orchard Press“A Modern Encounter with ‘Foebus abierat’: On Eavan Boland’s “Phoebus Was Gone, all Gone, His Journey Over” (2016) published in Eavan Boland: Inside History, Arlen House (Editors: Nessa O’Mahony and Siobhán Campbell).


Her poetry has been collected in Tiny Moments; An Anthology  (2016) (Editor: David Pring-Mill). Blackjack; A Contemporary Volume of Irish Poetry (2016) published by Singur Publishing, Romania. A Transitory House; a suite of poems (2016) first performed at Ó Bheal  (Co. Cork, Ireland) and based on Freda Laughton’s Now I am a Tower of Darkness  published by Limerick Writer’s Centre  in 1916 – 2016: An Anthology of Reactions (Editors: John Liddy & Dominic Taylor) 

Journal Publications

Her individual, series and small group poems have been published in The Southword Literary Journal, Crannóg Magazine, Skylight 47, Bone Orchard Poetry, The Burning Bush II, Poetry Bus Magazine (Ireland), Post II (Mater Dei Institute, Ireland), A New Ulster Magazine (Northern Ireland), York Literary Review (U.K) Caper Literary Journal, Compose Journal and Ditch Poetry (US). Her translated work appears in Levure Littéraire Magazine (Germany & International), Recours au Poème Magazine (France), Şiirden Magazine (“Of Art”, Turkey), Revisita Itaka (Romania). American women’s magazines When Women Waken Journal and WomenArts Quarterly Journal have published series and single poems from her published collections.

Lagan Online

About Poethead; an interview about the foundation and development of Poethead

Book Links

Three Red Things  (Smithereens Press, 2013)
Cycles  (Lapwing Press, 2013)
The Blind  (Oneiros Books, 2013)
She  (Oneiros Books, 2014)
Signature  (Bone Orchard Press, 2014)
Eavan Boland: Inside History (Arlen house, 2016)


Tiny Moments (David Pring-Mill, 2016)
Blackjack: A Contemporary Volume Of Irish Poetry  (Singur Publishing, 2016)
1916-2016: An Anthology Of Reactions  (Limerick Writer’s Centre, 2016)

A Selection From My Publications

“narcissus” and “stalk the open ring”  at Compose Journal (Spring 2017)
A series from The Blind at Ditch Poetry
From Cycles at  Recours au Poème
Three Red Things at Smithereens Press
Glendalough;at Iseult Gonne’s Grave at Levure littéraire
Sans at The Southword Journal


 Professional Profile & Contacts

The "Arising Project" at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland.
The “Arising Project” at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland.

Şiirden (Turkey) (2016)
“Morning In The Garden” in Şiirden (Turkey)(2016)

The Launch of "Eavan Boland: Inside History" (Arlen House, 2016)
The Launch of “Eavan Boland: Inside History” (Arlen House, 2016)