Recent topics for lectures, retreats and courses:

  • Poetry and Form - from the sonnet to free verse.

  • Poetry and Conflict Resolution: exploring conflict resolution through the lens of contemporary poetry.

  • Emily Dickinson and Time; the Past, Present and Future collide.

  • Poetry and Prayer: gathered around the centre. Exploring Collect and Liturgy through the lens of poetic form.

  • Poetry for Preachers: A guide on using poetry well in public religious settings, and not for prettying up your preaching.

  • Storywork: using narrative processes for group learning and advocacy.

  • In praise of the Secular.

  • Exorcisms, Demonisation and Reparative Therapy. Violent responses to LGBT people in contemporary practice.

  • Monsters and Devils and Demons, oh my! Personas of evil in religion and poetry, and how we use them.

  • Reading the gospels through the lens of contemporary poetry.

  • Games of Power in the conflicts of the gospel. 

  • Jesus would have been a Shit Mediator and other stories.

  • Why I hate most Celtic Spirituality.

  • Loneliness and Leadership: poetry and practices for courageous leadership.

  • In praise of the particular: story and its capacity to change a world. 

  • Interpersonal dynamics of conflict.

  • Reconciliation, Trauma, Arts and Religion in the context of post-colonial conflict resolution.

(‘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.

Endorsements for "Daily Prayer"

...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