Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. I am a poet and prose writer, having been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2018. I am also a Forward Prize nominee for Best Single Poem 2019. My debut pamphlet, ‘Apple Water: Povel Panni’ was launched in December 2018 at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden and since then I have been giving readings and presentations in Ireland and the UK.

My work has also been featured in the documentary film, ‘Stories from the Hop Yards’ part of a project based on the photography of Derek Evans and filmed by Catcher Media.

One of my poems, ‘A Memory of the Hop Fields’ which was in the above film inspired the Wellington Primary School in Herefordshire to make their own film and what a good job they did. A beautiful and evocative piece. Watch it here.

they lit fires – lenti hatch o yog

Following on from ‘Apple Water: Povel Panni’ is a selection of  Monologues, Haibun and songs, one of the coolest things I have read in years, and definitely one of the most beautiful. Available to pre-order soon.

Mark Davidson, Editor @ Hedgehog Poetry Press

“they lit fires; lenti hatch o yog’ is a bright kaleidoscope collection of monologues, triolets, haibun and songs. Each is a vignette that tells a story of a disappearing Romany way of life. Raine Geoghegan has captured fleeting moments and expressed them in language that rings sharp and true. Like the best storytellers, she has created characters that will live long in the reader’s memory.
Debjani Chatterjee, MBE, FRSA, award winning poet.

‘Apple Water’ is a small collection of poems and short prose based on Raine’s Romany family who amongst other things picked fruit, vegetables and hops in both Herefordshire and Kent. Many of these poems have been inspired by actual events, personal stories and photographs, as well as the inclusion of ‘found’ words which help to bring the characters to life.

"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
"I've been reading 'Apple Water - Povel Panni' by Raine Geoghegan - a rare and beautiful voice that allows the reader to access precious living moments from an old world. Thank you."
Ceinwen E C Hayden
Poet
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