A list of poetry-friendly groups, events and other useful links. If you have anything you would like to add to our list, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts Council Northern Ireland
Community Arts Partnership
Crescent Arts Centre
Down Arts Centre
John Hewitt Society
Northern Ireland Publications Resource
Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry
Verbal Arts Centre
Aspects Literary Festival
Belfast Book Festival
Culture Night Belfast
Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
Newcastle Arts Festival
On Home Ground Festival
Stendhal Arts Festival
The Lilliput Press
New Island Books
Other Sites of Interest
Culture Northern Ireland
Discover Northern Ireland: Literature
FSNI National Poetry Competition
The Irish Literary Times
Irish Writers Online
Linen Hall Library
The Monday Night Cure
National Poetry Day
The Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive
The Squat Pen
The Open Ear (for QUB students and alumni only)
The Penny Dreadful
Poetry Bus Mag
The Stinging Fly
The Yellow Nib
A New Ulster
The Honest Ulsterman
The Incubator (themed issues, not always open to poetry)
Panning For Poems
The Pickled Body
Poetry Proper (no longer active)
Ards Writers (Newtownards)
Meets: second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 7.30-10 pm at the Web Theatre, North Street, Newtownards.
Contact: email@example.com or 028 9065 3820
or 028 9181 7423
Meets: Wednesday nights at Rathmoyle Resource Centre.
Ballymoney Writers’ Group
Meets: Ballymoney Town Hall, High Street, Ballymoney every Monday 7.30 – 9.30pm.
Contact: Teresa Godfrey at
Burnavon Writers (Cookstown)
Meets: The Burnavon every other Thursday, 7-9 pm.
Contact: 02886 769949
Comber Writers' Group
Meets: Comber Library, Newtownards Road
Contact: Gerry Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Derry Writers' Group
Meets: monthly, every second Thursday, at 7.30pm at the Centre for Contemporary Art, 10-12 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry.
Fermanagh Creative Writers Group
Meets: Charlie's Bar, Enniskillen every Tuesday evening.
Contact: Dianne Trimble at
Runs two writers groups for lesbian and bisexual women, One in Belfast and one in Derry/Londonderry.
Belfast: Second Sat of Every Month from 12-2pm.
2nd Floor, 9-13 Waring Street, Belfast BT1 2DX
Derry/Londonderry: Last Saturday of every month from 12-2pm
Tower Hotel Derry (lobby)
Jane Ross Writers (Limavady)
Meets: contact for details as venue may change.
Lough Neagh Writers
"A diverse local writing group of all ages, gender, religion and background. We are involved in writing poetry, plays, prose and stories. We also collaborate with film makers, artists, photographers and other writing groups."
Contact: Martelle Mc Partland either at
(Not actively seeking new members)
Shalom Writers’ Group (Newtownabbey)
Meets: Belfast Central Library every Thursday
Contact: Denis O’Sulllivan at
Write Here, Write Now
Meets: Each Friday at Greenway Women's Centre, Belfast.
Contact: Telephone: 028 9079 9912