Catherine Ronan holds a degree in French and Applied Psychology from University College Cork and has been writing poetry since childhood.


In 2020 after attending workshops facilitated by Matthew Geden, she returned to UCC to study creative writing by night with Paul Casey. A member of multiple poetry collectives, she performs on open mic to international audiences, is a regular attendee at Ó Bhéal and is part of the DeBarra’s Spoken Word Team.


In 2021, she was a featured poet at the Winter Warmer Poetry Festival and her poetry film ‘Policing Mary’ was screened at the event. She won the 2021 Winter Solstice Poetry Competition and co-curated Bandon as Poetry Town for Poetry Ireland. She has been published in multiple anthologies including Woman Scream, Cork Words2, Swerve, Blue Mondays, Inside my 5km, Love Volume 2 and a World Transformed.


In 2022, she was a guest poet at Words by the Water Festival and read for the Cork World Book Festival in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork. She also read at Ballymaloe and Bantry Literary Festivals. She curated poetry for Culture Night and Poetry Cafés in Bandon showcasing local poets from 8 to 80 years of age – an eclectic mix from spoken word to memoir!


In 2023, she is undertaking a course in ‘Poetry in Translation’ with writer in residence for Cork City Council, Keith Payne, and will perform her translations of Arthur Rimbaud and Donall Cahill for the Cork World Book Festival. She is working with local musicians who are composing original music to accompany her poetry. Her work is being exhibited as part of the Poetry in the Park and Heritage Projects. She was longlisted for Cúirt New Writing in 2023.


She lives in West Cork with her husband, three children, two cats and a goldfish!

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