Joan Newmann


Originally from County Armagh, she was a member of the Philip Hobsbaum Belfast Group – which included James Simmons and Seamus Heaney – which was at the centre of the poetry renaissance in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.

Her collections include Coming of Age (Belfast, The Blackstaff Press, 1995); Thin Ice (Belfast, Abbey Press, 1999); with Kate Newmann, Belongings, (Galway, Arlen House, 2007); and Prone (Kilcar, Co Donegal, Summer Palace Press, 2007). She is co-founder of Summer Palace Press, and was the recipient of the Samhain International Poetry Festival’s Craobh na hÉigse Award in 2004. She lives in Donegal.