Raine Geoghegan, M.A. is a poet, prose writer and playwright of Romany, Welsh and Irish descent. Nominated for the Forward Prize, Best of the Net & the Pushcart Prize, her work has been published online and in print with Poetry Ireland Review; Travellers’ Times; Under the Radar; SkyLight47; Poethead and more. ‘Apple Water: Povel Panni’, was launched in 2018 and listed as a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection. ‘They Lit Fires: Lenti Hatch O Yog’ was published in 2019, Hedgehog Poetry Press. Her ‘Creative Essay’ will be published in the anthology, ‘Gifts of Gravity and Light’ with Hodder and Stoughton in July 2021. Her Full Collection, ‘The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh’ will be published with Salmon Poetry Press in 2022. She is currently the Romani Script Consultant for the musical ‘For Tonight’ which will be going to Broadway and the West End. She was both writer and performer for The Earthquake festival 2020 with The Same Boat Theatre Collective based in San Francisco.
Her work was featured in the film ‘Stories from the Hop Yards’ part of the Herefordshire Life Through a Lens Project and filmed by Catcher Media in 2018. Her poem ‘Memory of the Hop Fields’ was adapted into a film poem by the Wellington Primary School in Hereford in 2019. She regularly gives talks and performances both online and in person and has read at major festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. Her performance for the World Storytelling Café has had 2.6k viewings.
Praise for Apple Water: Povel Panni
These are poems of Roma memory and survival brought to life through beguiling lyric and dramatic telling. They bring a way of living, of thinking, listening and seeing into immediate and natural focus.”
David Morley, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry (2018)
Praise for They Lit Fires: Lenti Hatch O Yog
The Travellers Times is always pleased and proud to publish Raine’s popular and evocative prose and poetry on our website and in our magazine. We have a range of readers, Gypsy, Roma, Travellers and Gadje. Raine’s work manages to reach out of the page and touches the hearts of all of them. We thoroughly recommend ‘they lit fires: lenti hatch o yog’ to anyone who is not familiar with Raine’s work. To those who are familiar – no recommendation will be needed.”
Mike Doherty, Editor, Travellers’ Times