Kate Ennals is a prize-winning poet and writer and has published poems and short stories in a range of literary and on-line journals (Crannog, Skylight 47, Honest Ulsterman, The International Lakeview Journal, Boyne Berries, North West Words, Crossways, The Blue Nib, Dodging the Rain, The Ogham Stone, The Moth, plus many more). In 2017, she won the Westport Arts Festival Poetry Competition. Her first collection of poetry At The Edge was published in 2015. Her second collection, Threads, was published in April 2018.
Kate has lived in Ireland for 25 years and currently runs poetry and writing workshops in County Cavan as well as At The Edge, Cavan, a literary reading evening, funded by the Cavan Arts Office.
Before doing an MA in Writing at NUI Galway in 2012, Kate worked in UK local government and the Irish community sector for thirty years, supporting local groups to engage in local projects and initiatives. Her blog can be found at kateennals.com
Elsewhere by Kate Ennals
"Elsewhere is a book which ranges from the personal to the political. In poems which exhilarate and disconcert, Kate Ennals speaks for many who have put down roots in Ireland in recent decades. As honestly as she explores the tensions in a marriage, she expresses the initial sense of bewilderment which besets someone who has moved from an urban culture elsewhere to a very different, often difficult to read, rural Irish culture. At the core of the collection is a profound sense of social justice. In ‘The Crowd will Prevail’, in the context of the need for political activism, she writes:—
People have gathered since the Sermon on the Mount
Cave paintings show people doing the Conga."
— Moya Canon
"These poems are full of evocative descriptions and transport us to other places. Ennals’ poems mix a keen observation, and a sense of fun. The natural world forms a backdrop to many of the poems. This adds a freshness and energy to the language and rather like the momentum of the ‘Number 29 Bus,’ it propels you through the collection, exploring experiences that has made Ennals the courageous poet that she is."
— Bernie Crawford
"As a poet Kate Ennals pulls off a rare high wire act. For her writing poems is clearly both a great joy but also a deadly serious matter. Ennals’s work combines an exceptional ethical seriousness with a profound sense that language is a place she likes to go and play. Her poems are rich with small pleasures and yet she is, one feels, a poet incapable of telling her readers a lie. For Ennals there is no iron division between her interior world and this battered planet of ours. Someone once said that the world would be a better place if it were run by poets. This was, I think, a profound misjudgement as there is a far above average quotient of murderousness in the community of poets. But I would be delighted to live in a world run by Kate Ennals."
— Kevin Higgins
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