Poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. 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: Poetry Ireland Review, Academy of American Poets, Post Road, Cream City Review, Holden Village Voice, Proximity Magazine, On Being, Gutter, America, and Seminary Ridge Review.
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. Canterbury Press, 2013
Readings from the Books of Exile. Canterbury Press, 2012. (Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2013)
Poems collected in anthologies and edited publications
Four poems in Migration and Faith Communities, Lia Shimada (ed.) forthcoming 2019/2020 Jessica Kingsley publishers.
Parlour, in Love, Remember: 40 poems of Loss, Lament and Hope. Malcom Guite (ed). Canterbury Press, 2017.
Volta, in the Unamuno Author Series Festival Anthology, from the inaugural poetry festival of the same name in Madrid, Spain, Summer 2019.
Essay, ‘Human in the City’ and 12 poems, Discovering the Spirit in the City. Continuum 2010.
Essays and other articles.
Remembering the Easter Rising, from America Magazine, March 2016.
"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.
writing projects from working in conflict and peace
Project director and editor of "Being the Other", papers from a Theological Conference. McMillan. Belfast, Irish Peace Centres, 2011. §§ Project director and editor of "Studying Faith, Practicing Peace", papers from a Theological Conference. Ó Tuama. Belfast, Irish Peace Centres, 2010. All essays peer 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 §§ Irish Peace Centres' "Evaluation of Storytelling as a Peacebuilding Methodology".
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