The Open Table

The Crescent
Co. Roscommon



ary Melvin Geoghegan has five collections of poetry published. Her most recent, As Moon and Mother Collide with Salmon Poetry (2018).  Mary won the Longford Festival Award for Poetry in 2013 and was shortlisted in 2015 for The Cuirt New Writing Award, The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award, The Fish Poetry Award, The Rush Poetry Award and for the Padraic Colum Inaugural Poetry Award in 2018.  She’s a member of the Writers in Schools Scheme with Poetry Ireland.






Margaret Hickey worked in London for many years, both as a freelance writer for The Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian and more, and also as editor at Country Living magazine. She now lives beside the Shannon and is deputy director of the annual Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna, as well as being a regular judge at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival. Her first book, Irish Days, is a collection of oral histories, of which Ronald Blythe wrote, ‘It is one of those eye-opening books which takes the reader to the source of Ireland’s poetry and politics.’

Her latest publication, Ireland’s Green Larder, is three books in one – a history, a cookbook and a storybook. It is a glorious ramble down the centuries: from the ancient agricultural system of the Ceide Fields – a thousand years older than the Pyramids, right up to today’s thriving food scene.

Darina Allen says it is ‘Enchantingly written…An authoritative resource as well as an entertaining and enlightening read.’ And in his introduction to Ireland’s Green Larder, chef Richard Corrigan says it is ‘The only book on the social history of Ireland you’ll ever need!’