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.

Confidentiality Agreement: IPTN Sessions are held in a confidential space. Participants, discussions and poems are only published with agreement. These sessions use poetry as therapy and are not psychotherapy sessions.

Thursday 13 June 2024

IPTN Annual Conference


We are delighted to confirm that our IPTN annual conference this year will take place on zoom on Saturday 12 October 2024.

Our keynote speaker is Lani O'Hanlon. She was winner in the Adult Published category of the TrĂ³caire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2022 with her poem ‘When I Visit Dalal’.

Lani O' Hanlon is a writer, poet, creative writing facilitator and somatic movement therapist. She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and her writing is published in various journals and anthologies including Poetry (Chicago) Portland Review, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Wales, The Irish Times, Southward, The Stinging Fly, Orbis, Abridged, Mslexia, Vanguard’s 14, and A New Ulster; anthologies, Halleluiah for Forty-foot Women and Staying Human (Bloodaxe), Poems from Pandemia (Munster Literature Centre), Small Wonders (Dedalus Press), Washing Windows Too (Arlen House) and regularly broadcast on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany.

Prizes and commendations include: Hennessey New Irish Writing, The Bridport prize, Hungry Hill's Poets Meet Politics and Poetry on the Lake.

Friday 10 May 2024

IPTN's AGM (annual general meeting) will be held on zoom on Saturday 18th May '24 at 4.15 pm.

If you wish to join us, please email IPTN at irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com, for the zoom link .

All Welcome.

Saturday 28 October 2023

Workshops and Poetry Club '24

Throughout the year, IPTN runs Wellness through the Seasons workshops on zoom on a Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Details of the sessions are advertised nearer the time. IPTN members receive a reduced rate.

We also run a Poetry Club (free) for IPTN members on a Saturday from 2 pm to  3 pm, on zoom.

Here are the dates for your diary and we will email a gentle reminder beforehand.

10 February 2024  Siblings and our Relationship with them- Theresa Kelly

20 April 2024  The Road Ahead - Carol Boland in Old School, Hollyfort, Gorey,                               and on zoom. A combining of face-to-face and zoom sessions.

18 May 2024 The Place of Poetry in your Life - Shelley Tracey

24 August 2024 - Maria Ortega

€20 for members and €25 for non-members

Poetry Club

Dates for IPTN’s one-hour Saturday sessions from 2pm:

23 March 2024  Poems That I Like with Bernie Walsh

8 June 2024 - Anaphora with Ali Broder

27 July 2024 - Elizabeth Fitzsimons

21 September 2024 - Ger Campbell

 Sessions are open and free to IPTN members

We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday 16 October 2023

IPTN Conference - A successful day!

What a day it was - full of interesting and enlightening facilitations from all our speakers. Thanks to  facilitators and to all who attended and participated in the sessions, you made the conference the successful event it was. We could not have done it without you! Copies of the poems are on their way.

Check out our autumn ezine below for details of upcoming online events during 2024.

See you there!


Friday 29 September 2023

Conference Prog - Sat 14 Oct '23

 See our Autumn ezine below for further details.

Book your place by emailing Theresa Kelly at irishpoetrytherapynetwork@gmail.com