Fragments Book Launch 5 Dec 2019


Fragments is my new collection of poetry, quotes and photographs and will be launched by Bluefoot Press, a new independent publisher, in Alan Hanna’s bookshop in Rathmines on Thursday 5 December 2019 from 6pm.

Fragments is available online at

The evening will include some jazz music, readings and performances.

Here are some haiku from Fragments recorded at Porchlight Studios in Dublin. One of the haiku was published in seashores, an international journal to share the spirit of haiku, in 2019.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

  • 6:00pm Join us for some refreshments and a chance to do some early Christmas book shopping. I will be signing Fragments from 6pm.
  • 6:30pm Welcome by Bluefoot Press
  • 6:35pm Readings from Fragments by Orla Grant-Donoghue
  • 6:40pm Jazz by Ciarán Wilde & Eamonn Moran
  • 6:45pm Readings from Fragments by Orla Grant-Donoghue, followed by performances by David Grant, accompanied by Ciarán Wilde & Eamonn Moran
  • 6:50pm Readings by Eileen Casey from her new poetry collection Berries for Singing Birds ( Arlen Press), Vivienne Kearns from her debut historical fiction novel The Emerald Dress ( Poolbeg Books) and Michael J. Whelan from his new poetry collection Rules of Engagement ( Doire Press).
  • 6.57pm Readings from Fragments by Orla Grant-Donoghue
  • 7:00pm Closing jazz by Ciarán Wilde and Eamonn Moran
  • 7:05pm-7:30pm Book signing by all authors.📚📚

There are limited places remaining so if you’re interested in joining us, please RSVP to

Salvador Dali’s Down the Rabbit Hole

Salvador Dali’s Down the Rabbit Hole is a poem inspired by a Salvador Dali painting. It is included in an anthology entitled Voices: 27 Poets from around the world, published in October 2019.

The recording was produced at Porchlight Studios by Niall Woods.

Salvador Dali’s Down the Rabbit Hole
© Orla Grant-Donoghue 2018

Act 1: Faint Hues
Blue tint of falling tears
soak the canvas in muddy blue.

Burnt orange of earth
mixes with white,
Unsure of what to become.

Like shadows made by an unseen hand,
Faint pencil lines reveal form
where all is in the eye of beholders.

Act 2: The Curtain Draws

Earth flies past,
A rabbit leaps,
a little girl falls
and down
to a place where there’s no light.

Her breath slows,
She casts her dreams into the wide open,
blinks and stares,
waiting to be lit by magic.

Act 3: A New World
Nothing makes sense in
this dream-like world
Where rabbits talk and
mushrooms beckon.

The little girl skips along,
Her breath slows,
Her heartbeat quickens.
She grows,
She shrinks.


The Reflective Eye: FLARE 12

The Reflective Eye
© Orla Grant-Donoghue 2019

(after the sculpture by Emer O Boyle at University College Dublin)

Can I hide in this place
where reality is multiplied,
between beams of light
where mirrored retinas
reflect inner lives,
where jet streams carry truth
in the half light,
where moonbeams and sunlight
can find me
my sight?


Thank you to Éamon Mag Uidhir for including my poem The Reflective Eye in FLARE 12. More information on where FLARE is available is at The stunning cover art is by Solus (Instagram The sculpture is by Emer O Boyle at University College Dublin. This poem aims to raise awareness about living with a rare eye disease.

Evening of Poetry & Music to celebrate Midsummer at Alan Hanna’s bookshop in Bark Coffee, Thurs 20 June 2019

Thanks to the amazing poets and audience who joined us for an evening of readings and performances at Alan Hanna’s bookshop in Bark Coffee. Particular thanks to Barra and Kevin for their warm welcome and invitation to Bark Coffee.


My poem for the evening was “Midsummer” and it was recorded it at Porchlight Studios in Dublin.


Programme Information

Join us for an evening of poetry and music to celebrate Midsummer at Alan Hanna’s bookshop in Bark Coffee, Rathmines on Thursday 20 June. Doors will open at 6:30pm and readings and performances begin at 7pm.

This is a FREE event but places are limited. To reserve a place, please email Orla Grant-Donoghue at

Performances & readings by:

  • Michael J. Whelan
  • Eileen Casey
  • Éamon Mag Uidhir
  • Kevin Bateman
  • Doreen Duffy
  • David Grant
  • Christian Wethered
  • Orla Grant-Donoghue
  • Susan Condon
  • Vivienne Kearns

Music on the night will be performed by Christian Wethered.

Poetry Day Ireland: Event at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

A Truth or Dare Response to ‘An Altered Land’

As part of the Poetry Day Ireland celebrations on May 2 2019, Olivier Cornet hosted an event at the Olivier Cornet Gallery where 13 poets responded to


the exhibition “An Altered Land” by artist David Fox. We had a wonderful turnout on the evening and there was standing room only at the gallery.

My response is Cutting through Green recorded at Porchlight Studios, Dublin.


More Information & Links about the Event and the Exhibition
7:05pm: Welcome by Olivier Cornet
Introduction to poets by Orla Grant-Donoghue
7:10: Éamon Mag Uidhir
7:15: Eileen Casey
7:20: Dr Catherine Ann Cullen
7:25: Doreen Duffy
7:30: Christian Wethered
7:35: David Grant
7:40: Micheal J. Whelan
7:45: Brian Kirk
7:50: Jasmina Šušić
7:55: Susan Condon
8:00: Eoin Flynn
8:05: Orla Grant-Donoghue
8:10: Dr Mary O’Malley-Madec
8:15pm: Closing remarks Olivier Cornet