Maureen Boyle lives in Belfast. Her second full collection The Last Spring of the World was published by Arlen House in June. Her first collection, The Work of a Winter was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award. A single poem Strabane, with photos by her husband Malachi O’Doherty, was published in 2020. She has won the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize and Travel Bursary, the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the Fish Short Memoir Prize. Her epistolary poem on Ann More, wife of John Donne, is appraised in Sean H. McDowell’s ‘Metaphysical Shadows’ published this year. She did a Masters’ Thesis on ‘Birthday Letters’ and Plath’s poems at the University of Ulster and a Creative Writing Masters at Queens University Belfast. She taught English at St Dominic’s Grammar School Belfast and Creative Writing at the Open University. She is a Poetry and Memoir Mentor at the Irish Writers’ Centre Dublin.
‘The Last Spring of the World’, publisher Arlen House, Dublin, ISBN 978-1-85132-272-5
‘Maureen Boyle, one of our most accomplished poets, offers a salver of utter sensuous uplift’, Mary O’Donnell.
‘Maureen Boyle possesses the exceptional ability to conjure the rich texture of experience real or imagined, so effectively that readers can live vicariously through her poems, ‘ Sean H. Mc Dowell, Executive Director of the John Donne Society.