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.



  • 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.

(‘In the Shelter’ is... ) Compassionate, Resolute, Confronting, Challenging, Wonderful, Comforting.
— Mary McAvoy, Irish Independent’s Review of Books.
Pádraig Ó Tuama is an extraordinary person, whose influence extends quietly and gracefully across the world. His poetry bears these same qualities and brings him close. It is a gift to us all.
— Krista Tippett. Creator and host of ‘On Being‘.

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.

You’re publishing a book of poetry? That’s nice I suppose. Did you hear the woman down the road died? It was a lovely funeral. Packed out.
— My mother.

...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