Poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, religion, conflict and art. Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, Pádraig is a skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. His work has won acclaim in circles of poetry, politics, religion, psychotherapy and conflict analysis.
Poems featured or forthcoming in the following publications or platforms: Academy of American Poets, Post Road, Cream City Review, Holden Village Voice, On Being, Gutter, America.
The Place Between, chapter in Between Here and There, Tim Carson [ed.] Lutterworth Press, 2019. (full chapter available here)
Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, Canterbury Press, 2017.
In the Shelter Hodder & Stoughton and Hachette Ireland, Feb 2015.
Sorry for your Troubles. Norwich, Canterbury Press, 2013
Readings from the Books of Exile. Norwich, Canterbury Press, 2012 .
“Human in the City” and 12 poems, Discovering the Spirit in the City. London: Continuum 2010.
Bachelor of Arts in Divinity - Maryvale Institute, Birmingham (validated by Pontifical College, Maynooth).
Masters of Theology - Queens University Belfast (dissertation: Jesus and the Marginalised: a narrative analysis of encounters in the gospel of Mark).
PhD (ongoing) - Theology through Creative Practice, University of Glasgow (supervisor: Prof Heather Walton).
Professional development courses in: Mediation, Group Conflict, Group Mediation, Trauma, Adult Education.
LGBT focused writing.
Love is the Great Endeavour: a paper given at a tripartite conference of three Church of Ireland (Anglican Church in Ireland) dioceses in April 2014.
LGBT experiences of Faith and Church in Northern Ireland (Written by Dr. Claire Mitchell and Dr. Gail McConnell).
Holding the Tension Wisely - a paper written after a conference in Corrymeela bringing 45 people people together spanning clergy, faith work, LGBT advocacy and education.
Editorials, Online and other articles.
"Shadows and Shelters" in the Spring 2014 Edition of Thresholds, a journal of the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling, part of the publishing suite of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Collected radio pieces and talks are found under the "Audio" tab on the top right corner of each page. You can also get to radio recordings through this link.
Collaborative writing projects.
Project director and editor of "Being the Other", papers from a Theological Conference. McMillan. Belfast, Irish Peace Centres, 2011. Project managed by David McMillan and Patrick Kane. Introduction by David McMillan and all essays edited by Dr. Fran Porter.
Project director and editor "LGBT experiences of Faith and Church in Northern Ireland". Mitchell and McConnell Belfast, Irish Peace Centres, 2011
Outside In - a project outline and facilitator guide for the Corrymeela Programmes: The Pilgrim Trail and Through the Green Gate. Published: Belfast: The Corrymeela Community, 2006.
I took part in the Irish Peace Centres' "Evaluation of Storytelling as a Peacebuilding Methodology" project a number of years ago, and contributed marginally to the text of the conference. This research working conference was a remarkable experience of asking evaluative questions of public storytelling projects, bringing practitioners, recipients, artists and funders together. The report from this "Evaluation of Storytelling as a Peacebuilding Methodology" conference is here.
Endorsements for "Sorry for your Troubles"
“The power of words to wound is also the measure of their power to heal. Pádraig Ó Tuama writes powerful poetry from a place where both the wounds and the healing run deep. His keen eye for the small detail that becomes a healing symbol, his ear for the phrases and cadences of both communities and his ability to weave their phrases and stories, their troubles and recoveries together, produces poetry which speaks of both lamentation and love, embodies both truth and reconciliation.”
— Malcom Guite – poet, literary critic and author of ‘Faith, Hope and Poetry’.
"Deeply moving and thought-provoking poetry which invites readers to let the sacred reach into them touching their vulnerability and opening their hearts."
— Dr. Cecelia Clegg, Theologian, New College, Edinburgh. Co-author of 'Moving Beyond Sectarianism'.
Lyrical, soulful, often achingly honest, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s poetry always brings me home to myself with kindness and compassionate humour. Highly recommended for spiritual travellers in need of a tonic.
— Nick Thorpe – journalist and author of ‘Urban Worrier’ and ‘Adrift in Caledonia’
Pádraig's latest work continues to challenge, provoke and advocate that a better world is not just possible but essential. Honesty, empathy, compassion are the hallmarks of this work from a poet who accepts that he too has a responsibility to help make the world a fairer and better place.
— Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly.
...compassionate, contemporary and formally innovative
— Patience Agbabi, poet, author of Telling Tales, former Poet Laureate of Canterbury
Oh I need this book! They find me where I am, and as I am – alive, human, exiled – and resuscitate an ancient way to a true reconciliation within myself, with others, and with a power greater than myself. I do not need to be ashamed.
— Marie Howe, State Poet of New York (2012–2014)
‘Pádraig Ó Tuama invites us to lay our trinkets aside and turn to our treasure.
— Malcom Guite, poet and literary critic, author of Sounding the Seasons and Mariner
Reading Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work is like living inside a prayer.
— James Martin SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage