Poets exploring Poetry

Heather Brett and Noel Monahan, Windows Publications Editors are visiting a number of secondary schools in County Cavan as part of the poets exploring poetry. This project was a response by the artists to the call for Culture Night 2015 projects involving the community.





Heather and Noel are providing readings and analysis of their own contemporary work for young people in Cavan.   The Windows Editors are frequent visitors to the schools and annually host the National Windows Poetry Competition for young people which for twenty three years has unearthed and nurtured poets across the country. Niall Lynch from St Mogue’s College, Bawnboy said of the visit to the school “The Third and Fifth year students found the experience deeped their grasp of poetry and they gained a refreshing view on their course work for the State Exams.”


Heather said of her visit to Breifne College “the students wrote a poem during the visit and some of them spoke of their experience of creative writing as they took part in the project A Poem for Our Time initiated by the heritage office while they were still in national school.


Over the course of the project Heather and Noel will visit St Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff, St Aidan’s, Cootehill,  Virginia College and Loreto College Cavan.


About Noel Monahan


Noel Monahan has six collections of poetry published by Salmon  Poetry.  “ Opposite Walls, 1991, “ Snowfire”, 1995, “ Curse of The Birds”, 2000, “ The Funeral Game”, 2004, “ Curve of The Moon”, 2010,  “Where The Wind Sleeps”, New & Selected Poems 2014.

A 7th collection: Celui Qui Porte Un Veau, The Calf-Bearer, translations by Emmanuel Malherbet of Noel Monahan’s poetry into French was published by L’Arbre in October 2014. Publisher: Christine Brisset-Le Mauve,  7 rue d’Hameret, 02370 Aizy-Jouy, France.   He is a playwright and editor.

In February 2012 Longford County Council celebrated THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS of Noel Monahan’s literary career in Backstage Theatre, Longford. The event was organised by Longford Arts Officer, Fergus Kennedy.


About Heather Brett


Heather Brett has published four collections of poetry “Witness” 2015, “Abigail Brown” (Salmon 1991), “The Touch Maker” (Alternative Press 1996) and Green Monkey, travelling (Bluechrome 2006) 


Heather Brett has worked as writer in residence and arts facilitator in counties: Cavan, Longford, Louth, Westmeath, Offaly, Fermanagh and Laois.   She has edited forty anthologies with an emphasis on promoting young writers.   With Noel Monahan she is co-editor and founder of Windows Publications.



23 Sep 2015