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Poems as Prayers with Anne O’Reilly

16th November 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Saturday, 16 November 2019 | 10.30am – 4.00pm | €45 (light lunch included) | Booking essential


Sacred poets, past and present, encourage us to find God in the bits and pieces of everyday life.

Take time out to explore how poetry speaks the language of the heart and best expresses the soul’s longings.

Spend a day with the sacred poets and find inspiration and sustenance for your own spiritual journey. 

Throughout the day with poems as our guides we will listen, speak, walk, reflect, and write from the heart.

The texts of the poems will be provided and no prior experience of poetry or writing poetry is needed.



It doesn’t have to be

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just

pay attention, then patch


a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t

a contest but the doorway


into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver


Anne F. O’Reilly PhD.  MA Creative Writing, MA Modern Drama, MA Theol. M.Rel.Sc. 

Anne F. O’Reilly has over forty years experience of teaching both in academic and community contexts. Since her retirement as senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Anne has been facilitating workshops which explore the languages of the heart through poetry, creative writing and mindfulness practices.

Anne brings to this work many years of diverse training in spiritual development, voice, poetry by heart, sacred clowning, drama and meditation.  She is the author of the academic study Sacred Play:Soul Journeys in Contemporary Irish Theatre (Carysfort Press 2004) and is also a published poet. Singing from the belly of the whale combines Anne’s poetry with paintings by Caroline Hunter and her CD Breathsong is a creative collaboration with musician Wayne P Sheehy providing a varied soundscape for Anne’s original poems.


16th November 2019
10:30 am - 4:00 pm