Publications by Christine Murray

Christine Murray

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 Signature  was published in 2014 by Bone Orchard Press. 


Christine has reviewed poetry for Post (Mater dei Institute), Poetry Ireland and 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.

Collections and Books


ISBN 9781291797046

Copyright Christine Murray

Edition First

Publisher Bone Orchard Press

Published 23 March 2014 



she at oneiros“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.

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The Blind; a tale of 


1-front-200x300The 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.


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.Cycles at Lapwing Press

1240376_558811830832567_385151874_nThese 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.

You can buy Cycles by clicking this picture!

You can buy Cycles by clicking this picture!

Three Red Things, a chapbook at Smithereens Press

Three red things

Three red things

•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

These poems first appeared in CanCan, A New Ulster, and in The Burning Bush Online.

Sound File : ‘Lament for Three Women’s Voices’

Béal Festival
November 1, 2012


Publications By C. Murray

Chapbook: Signature

Bone Orchard Press

March 23, 2014


Books: ‘She’ at Oneiros Books

Oneiros Books

March 13, 2014

A book-length poem.

Books: The Blind at Oneiros Books

Oneiros Books

October 23, 2013

A book-length tale of The Furies’ operation in a contemporary setting

Books: Cycles at Lapwing Press

Lapwing Publications

August 27, 2013

A book of cycles and inter-related poems

Books: Three Red Things at Smithereens Press

Smithereens Press

June 5, 2013

A chapbook of 20 poems


Poetry: Compass

When Women Waken

July 1, 2014

Poetry Series: Shard

Deep Water Literary Journal

July 31, 2014

Series from ‘The Blind’


Podcast: Aluine’s Gardens

The Honest Ulsterman

June 30, 2014


Poetry: bone silence /skin silence

Bone Orchard Poetry

June 1, 2014

series excerpt

Poetry:’Spider Silence’

Bone Orchard Poetry

May 24, 2014


Poetry: Umbrellas

Bijou Poetry Review

May 20, 2014


Poetry: Tree

Bijou Poetry Review

May 20, 2014

Poetry: Signature

Bijou Poetry

March 7, 2014

Poetry: from ‘Island’

The Burning Bush II

February 7, 2014

Part of a Cycle from my new book ‘She’ which will be released in Feb 2014

Poetry: Guildeluec and Medea

A New Ulster

December 6, 2013

Orphan from Poetry Ireland’s Forum

Poetry: Sans

The Southword Journal

December 12, 2013

Poetry: Crinoline

When Women Waken

November 30, 2013

A root poem

Poetry:Recours au Poème

Recours au Poème

November 15, 2013

‘i and the village’, ‘Through the Blossom-gate’, ‘Chaplet’ and ‘Bower’ are published today at Recours au Poème

Poetry: Levure littéraire

Levure littéraire

December 1, 2013

Poetry: dead table and The Zeiss

Bone Orchard Poetry

January 16, 2013

Poems (experimental)

Poetry: Migratory Poems

Galway Review

February 4, 2013

Two poems about flight

Poetry: Three Shorts

The Galway Review

March 2, 2013

Poetry: Fossil 1 , Fossil 2

A New Ulster

March 4, 2013

Fossilized dresses/women in the wall/slow metamorphosis

Poetry: Reed-Song

A New Ulster

April 5, 2013

1/3 reed-songs

‘Poetry: Aluine’s Gardens’

Women Writers, Women Books

May 29, 2013

A poem

Poetry: Dark Pool

Burning Bush II -V

June 24, 2013

wee poem

Poetry: Chaplet and Bower

When Women Waken

June 1, 2013

3 poems

Poetry: Lilies Of The Field

And Other Poems

March 22, 2013

Spring shorts

Poetry: Chaplet

Bone Orchard Poetry

December 31, 2012

Two poems

Poetry: Descent from Croagh Patrick

Crannóg Magazine

February 8, 2011


Sequence: The Midwifery section of my book ‘The Blind’

Bone Orchard Poetry

March 5, 2014

The Midwifery section of my book ‘The Blind’

Sequence: from ‘The Blind’ (Oneiros Books)


October 14, 2013

Sequence from a forthcoming publication called ‘The Blind’ (Oneiros Books 2013)

Sequence: Hooks

A New Ulster

July 4, 2013


Sequence: hook , ceremony, hunger

Bone Orchard Poetry

June 28, 2013

Anthologised: Poem for Malala

PEN-Club Austria

March 8, 2013

200+ authors writing to protest the shooting of Malala Yousafzai

Ekphrasis: ‘i and the Village’

Crannóg Magazine

October 25, 2012

after Marc Chagall

Sequence: Fragments

Bone-Orchard Poetry

December 18, 2012

A memento-mori 4/7 poems from a cycle.

Lament, Spoken Word

Béal Festival

November 9, 2012

A poem performed by three women, based in the Lament

Sequence: Two Songs of War and a Lyric

Southword (Munster Literature Centre)

July 7, 2012

New Poems : ‘As if’ , ‘Gernika’ , ‘Sabine’ and ‘Through the Blossom-gate’

Gernika anthologised in ‘ In the Hug of Arms’

Mariela Baeva

December 11, 2012

Anthology of letters, poems, stories dedicated to the children of conflict.

Sequence: Eamon Ceannt Park Cycle

Bone Orchard Poetry

November 23, 2012

A cycle of poems set in Eamon Ceannt Park

Poetry: and her yellow music caught in the throat of birds

Burning Bush Revival

January 19, 2012

A poem written in Barcelona

Poetry: Uses for river-pebbles

Ropes, Galway 2012

April 26, 2012

A garden of river pebbles

Carty’s Poetry Journal, Issue VI

Tomas Carty

April 4, 2011

Two poems in Issue VI

Poetry: Speech Therapy

Colin Dardis

January 12, 2011

ezine published by Colin Dardis

My Tree at Night from a Different Window

Caper Literary Journal



Doris Lessing’s little known Poetry

Women Writers , Women’s Books

November 18, 2013

The Poet As Minotaur In His Post-Catastrophic Citadel, The Non Herein- by Michael Mc Aloran.

Bone Orchard Poetry / Open Salon

January 16, 2013

Book-review of The Non Herein – by Michael Mc Aloran

Chopping Wood With T.S Eliot

Salmon Poetry /

July 1, 2011

Book Review

Review: Post III

DCU, The Mater-Dei Institute

November 10, 2011

Book Review : Contemporary Indian Poetry , Bloodaxe Books, ed Jeet Thayil.

‘Between’ by Ágnes Nemes Nagy

Poetry Ireland Reviews

Book Review : ‘Between’ by Ágnes Nemes Nagy

Moth review

Book Review : ‘Little Editions’ for moth magazine/

Journals and Reviews

Upcoming Publications by C. Murray

  • hook, ceremony, hunger at  Bone Orchard  Poetry
  • hooks (Series) at A New Ulster
  • The Bird-keepers at Skylight #47
  • Dark-Pool at The Burning Bush online
  • reed song at A New Ulster
  • Four Poems (coming soon)
  • dead table will be published at The Bone Orchard Poetry
  • Chaplet , two poems at Bone Orchard Poetry
  • Notes for the Stone-Book , a series of fragments (Memento Mori) written in 2012
  • Eamon Ceannt Park Cycle to be published at Bone Orchard Poetry.
  • Gernika, from Two Songs of War and a Lyric will be anthologised as part of this project,
  • 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 Prayer is to be published in Revival #23
  •  The Zeiss will be published in CanCan Literary Magazine.

Poems published and not online

  • Pretty Useless Things (Not Online/ published, IACP)
  • Anniversary (Not Online/ published, Asylum Magazine)
  • Glas Naíon (Not Online/ published , ‘Ramus’ bicenntenial of the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin)
  • The Zeiss (Not Online/ published, CanCan (2012) and Bone Orchard Poetry (2013)

Some External Links

Note: Post , published by the Mater-Dei Institute has now moved to its own website and is searchable here


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