Christine Murray is a City and Guilds qualified restoration stone cutter. Her poetry is published in a variety of print and online publications, including The Southword Journal, Crannóg Magazine, A New Ulster Magazine, Caper Literary Journal, Ditch Poetry, Bone Orchard Poetry, Levure littéraire, and Recours au Poème. Her poem for three voices, Lament, was performed at the Béal Festival in 2012.
Her Chapbook, Three Red Things was published by Smithereens Press in June 2013. A collection of poems, Cycles was published by Lapwing Press in 2013. A dark tale The Blind(Poetry) was published by Oneiros Books in 2013. A book length poem She was published early in 2014 (Oneiros Books). A chapbook Signaturewas published in 2014 by Bone Orchard Press.
Christine has reviewed poetry for Post (Mater dei Institute), Poetry Ireland and Writing.ie. Christine writes Poethead: a Poetry Blog, which is dedicated to the writing, editing, and translation of women writers. She is a member of the PEN International Women Writer’s Committee.
“I do not expect anyone will believe me, but I know that my dreaming life is as real as my waking life. Indeed, I have learnt not to call these sleeping narratives anything other than a different part of my reality.
When I first encountered the entity that appears on the towpath I was afraid for She seemed hardly human to me. I had gone little by little into this dreaming place over the course of twenty years, and I had explored it almost wholly. I do not know what my encounter with this lady means, I intend to find out.”
With ‘She’ Christine Murray explores the spaces between waking and dreaming, that we all inhabit yet are so rarely revealed to us in this day and age. Part shaman part Sybil,she takes us on a Jungian odyssey to meet the archetype that stands at the crossroads of birth and death, one whom we are all destined to encounter sooner or later.
The Blind is set out as a tale and employs experimental poetic methods throughout, including cut-up, repetition, symbol and internal rhyme.I did not make use of poetic prose , as I felt that it would be a challenge to tell a tale poetically. I am delighted that the book is now available. I have found it easier to employ these methods in conceiving book-length poem-tales since I began working in this manner, and to this end I have initiated another project in a similar vein. Poems from The Blind are previewed in A New Ulster Magazine, Ditch Poetry, and will be published in the Winter 2013 issue of The Southword Literary Journal.
These poems were previously published in Bone Orchard Poetry, Southword Literary Journal, Crannóg Magazine, A New Ulster Magazine, Smithereens Press, and Books By Women. They are cyclical poems, some are eight poems long and some are 2-3 poems long. There are few stand alone poems in the book. The book was published in August 2013 by Lapwing Publications, Belfast.
Three Red Things, a chapbook at Smithereens Press
•Glendalough, At Iseult Gonne’s Grave •The Blind (a series) •reed songs I-IV •Jewel Box •Dark Pool •Flame Or Not •The Zeiss •Appeal To The Dying •Three Red Things
Lament, A Poem for Three Voices will be programmed at the 2012 Béal Festival at the Smock Alley Theatre. Notice here.
Gernika 2012, The poem was read at the 75th Anniversary of the Massacre in Guernica and will be published in the Southword Literary Journal , alongside three other poems in Two Songs of War and a Lyric.
Bridie is on her way to Prayeris to be published inRevival #23
The Zeiss will be published in CanCan Literary Magazine.
Poems published and not online
Pretty Useless Things (Not Online/ published,IACP)