Kate Newmann

Kate Newmann (Ireland) read for the 2020 John Hewitt/City Chapter National Poetry Day Reading in Armagh, alongside Maura Johnston.

Kate Newmann was born in Dromore, Co. Down and lives in Kilcar, Donegal. She is the daughter of Joan Newmann, with whom she co-founded Summer Palace Press in 1999.  She holds an MA in English from King’s College, Cambridge and was a Junior Fellow at the Institute for Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, during which time she edited and compiled The Dictionary of Ulster Biography (1993). She has held residencies with the Down Lisburn Health Trust, Donegal County Council, the Smithsonian Institute, and in Carrickfergus for the Louis MacNeice Centenary Celebrations.

Her awards include: the William Allingham Poetry Award, The Swansea Award, The Listowel Festival Single Poem Award, the Roundyhouse Poetry Prize, and the James Prize. She is an Irish Arts Council Bursary 2007 recipient and was commended in the 2008 National Poetry Competition.

Her collections include, “Coming of Age” (Blackstaff, 1995),  “Thin Ice” (Abbey, 1999), “The Blind Woman in the Blue House” (Summer Palace, 2001), “Belongings (with Joan Newmann, Arlen House, 2008), “I Am a Horse” (Arlen House, 2011), “Grim” (Arlen House, 2016), and “Ask Me Next Saturday (Summer Palace, 2018).