Coming up

Sunday 11 March 2018, Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, 4pm, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.Elaine Gaston, Medbh McGuckian,Susan McKay, Margaret Ward, Hannah Peel


Past Readings

Wednesday 6 December 2017, 12.30pm, Poems in the Atrium, Ulster University, The Atrium, Arts building, Coleraine Campus, also Peter Pegnall and Ollie Mort

Thursday 19 October 2017, 6pm, Limerick City Art Gallery, reading in response to Elizabeth Magill’s exhibition of paintings. Hosted by Liz Nolan, Lyric FM

Monday 15 May 2017, Troubadour reading with Nick Makoha, Coffee House Poetry sessions, London

Friday 21 October 2016, Coleraine College as part of Poetry in Motion, Community Arts Partnership Project

Thursday 6 October 2016,Poetry Day, UK, at Ballycastle Writers’ Group

Global Peace Leadership Conference, Riddel Hall, Sunday 11 September, 2016, alongside Sinéad Morrissey, Andrew Eaton and Shriram Sivaramakrishnan



Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, County Roscommon.Saturday 23 July,2016, 4pm.

Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry, 2pm on Saturday 18 June, 2016. Art exhibition launch, Katy English and Stuart Cairns.

Common Ground Conference, 5.30pm, Tuesday 7 June 2016, 18 College Green , Belfast BT9.

Yellow Nib Launch, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Thursday 28 April 2016, 8pm

Winter Reading hosted by Ballycastle Writers,Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm,Thyme and Co Cafe, Quay Road,Ballycastle. Free Admission.

Poetry Readings hosted by Ballymoney Writers’ Group, Tuesday 8   December. 2015, 7.30pm. Free Admission.

Thursday 26 November, 2015, 7.30pm. ‘By Heart’ Reading from The Lie of the Land at Robinson Hospital, Newal Rd, Ballymoney.Admission free. Donations if desired to Robinson Hospital.

Monday 23 November, 2015, 9.30pm. Reading from The Lie of the Land at O’Bhéal,Long Valley Pub, Winthorp Street, Cork City.

Wednesday 7 October, 2015, 6pm.Belfast launch of ‘The Lie of the Land’. 

Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast. All Welcome.

Friday 18 September, 2015, Clifden: Reading from The Lie of the Land at the Clifden Arts Festival on Friday 18 September at 1pm.

Thursday 17th September, 2015, 6.30pm, Reading at Galway City Library, Galway

Wednesday 16th September, 2015, 6pm, Limerick: Reading from The Lie of the Land in a double-bill with Paula Meehan the current Ireland Professor of Poetry in Limerick City Art Gallery .

Friday 4 September, 2015,1pm Reading and workshop, Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road, Belfast

Friday 21 August, 2015,Derry: workshop 4pm, reading at 7pm.Admission free.Venue:  Echo Echo Dance Studio, Magazine Street, Derry

Saturday 15 August,2015, Cloughmills:Reading at launch of  Five Artists Show in a Byre, 2pm. Further information contact :07779 080 722 /  web. Venue: The Cow Byre, 81 Old Frocess Road, Cloughmills, BT449NA

Thursday 6 August, 2015,7pm, Féile an Phobail, West Belfast Festival: Reading from The Lie of the Land at Féile an Phobail, West Belfast Festival in An Cultúrlann, Falls Road, Belfast. Plus beginner’s poetry workshop 4pm on same date, same venue. Free admission. Supported by the ACNI Small Grants Scheme.

Medbh McGuckian launched The Lie of the Land in Ballycastle, County Antrim on Friday 3 July. 

Elaine gave preview readings from The Lie of the Land at the Belfast Book Festival in the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast on Tuesday 9 June, 2015 at 6pm and at The Linenhall Library ‘Of Mouth’ series on Friday 12 June at 1pm


John Hewitt International Spring School;

John Hewitt International Summer School Centenary year 2012;

Pegasus Theatre 2008;

Poetry Ireland Introductions 2006;

Candle and Mirror, No Alibi’s, Belfast 2005

Old Museum Arts Centre ‘One Night Stand’ 2005