Welcome to Irish Poetry Therapy Network - IPTN, a non-profit organisation that provides an environment where participants explore at first hand, through the use of poetry therapy and bibliotherapy, the healing power of poetry as a means of identifying and dealing with various life issues.

Find out more about us and how to join our network by checking out our site.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Save the Date



A series of inspirational workshops, drawing on poetry and reflective writing for self-discovery and self-expression, will take place on 2nd Saturday of the month on 

13th February 2.00-3.30 pm 
10th April 2.00-3.30 pm 
12th June 2.00-3.30 pm 
14th August 2.00-3.30 pm

Please note: 10 places only per workshop. Priority to IPTN members

All workshops will take place on Zoom. 

Fee: €15  or
       €10 IPTN members 

Signup details to follow closer to the dates


IPTN ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2021:  Sat 9th October 2021

Venue to be confirmed.


Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Group Poem 2020


IPTN Conference 2020
Group Poem 

This year, as the conference was held on the zoom platform, the group poem was produced in a different manner. Each 
participant entered a line into the chat room at the same time. 

The promise, elusive, hungry, distant, present, sated, I see me.
Falling free like autumn leaves sleeping, winter with ease.
The tear thief dried my tears.
Speaking about light, in the dark.
We stumble blind as moles into a future we did not foresee.
The strand that’s threaded through my days.
I am an anarchist.
Ah sweet delirium, a dreamscape.
Swim up! Do not drown!
The glow of the promise of change.
It is not comfortable to hold you, but you keep me honest and afraid to be silent.
Thorny worries which snag constantly on my gossamer wings of hope for a better tomorrow.
If I had known, all I had to do was open the door.
In a veil of shedding skin my three inch lilies looked beautiful on the starched pillow.
She sits on her Throne repleted.
The jasmine tumbling endlessly on the hedge, just for the sake of it.
Always, always, always a low discomfort haunts you to the very edges of yourself.
Conversations around a café table of hurt and grief and loss.
Some of the best things, some of the worst things, make no sense.
Tell the bees your worries, they will take them on their wings and fly them away.
All of the wrongs are righted all of the tears are shed.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

First Zoom Conference a Success

IPTN’s first online conference has been a resounding success, according to feedback from our participants. They came from as far afield (computer!) as China, Australia, USA, UK, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, some getting up at 4am and others staying up late into the night.

Thank you all for joining us and making it such an enjoyable event. 

An IPTN conference would not be complete without our final Group Poem. Stay tuned. It is on its way!

Friday, 2 October 2020

One more PTP in Ireland

More good news! Congrats to David Madden on qualifying as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner (PTP) with iaPOETRY. David is a member of IPTN and we wish him all the best with his future poetry therapy activities!

New PT mentor in Ireland

We are delighted to announce that Geraldine Campbell PTP has qualified as an accredited supervisor/mentor with IaPoetry. Ger is available to train poetry therapy practitioners here in Ireland and overseas. This is great news for the Poetry Therapy community in Ireland. Ger is a member of Irish Poetry Therapy Network and will be facilitating the afternoon session at our zoom conference on 17th October.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Strength Through Poetry In Challenging Times

 IPTN is pleased to announce details of our 2020 Annual Conference on Zoom on Saturday 17 October 2020.

Reserve your place on our Facebook Event page or email us.

Nearer the time, we will send you a request for payment. Hope to see you there.