Crossing Points – Listen To My Roaming Writer Audio Journey

I’ve had a ball as the Irish Writers Centre’s Roaming Writer–in-Residence travelling on the railways, writing with passengers, running Creative Writing workshops at universities and writing haiku of my own inspired by my journeys.

You can listen to the 5 minute audio journey of my final haiku sequence CROSSING POINTS by clicking here.


Reflections, connections, memories, borders, contemplations all came together as a meditative journey.

You can listen anytime from anywhere but if you’re travelling by train, put on your headphones and listen in situ to capture the full experience. I’d love to hear what you think.

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Check out the Instagram page @roamingwriterstories to read my haiku, passenger haiku and student stories from across Ireland.

Sea from train window reuse

Thank you @irishrail @irishwriterscentre @TranslinkNI and @ACNIwriting for supporting this project.

#iwcroamingwriter @deirdrecartmill @roamingwriterstories


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My Roaming Writer Travels

I’ve had a fabulous time as the Irish Writers Centre Roaming Writer-in-Residence on the railways. I travelled across Ireland, north and south on trains and wrote about my journeys. Click here to read a lovely feature in the Irish News about my adventures.

Galway Station- Deirdre Cartmill

I’ve completed a sequence of haiku Crossing Points which I’m looking forward to sharing with you soon. Watch this space.

I’ve met everyone from actors and writers to commuters and tourists. Many of these have written haiku with me, and these are posted on the Instagram page @roamingwriterstories.

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I was also delighted to get some railway staff writing with me. As I used to work for both British Rail and Irish Rail as a Signal & Telecoms engineer, giving voice to these unsung heroes who keep the railways running has been important to me.

You can also check out the stories from Creative Writing students from Queens, UU Coleraine, NUIG and UCD on the Instagram page @roamingwriterstories.

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Thanks to the Irish Writers Centre, Translink, Irish Rail and the Arts Council of NI who supported this residency.

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Poetry Jukebox Launch

What a wonderful day at the launch of the travelling Poetry Jukebox in CS Lewis Square, Belfast. Poets had travelled from all over Ireland and the UK to be there. The weather was so glorious we read outside.

Deirdre Cartmill

It was lovely to hear my new poem Between Crossing & Passing get its first public airing. The jukebox will be in situ throughout March so get down and listen to some fabulous poems for free.

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This curation A Deeper Country was inspired by CS Lewis and curated by Maria McManus and Tade Ipadeola. Here are all the wonderful poets involved.

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IWC Roaming Writer-in-Residence

I’m absolutely thrilled to be the new IWC Roaming Writer-in Residence. Travelling from north to south on Translink and Irish Rail railway lines, I will listen to voices and conversations of people on the trains, accumulating stories and building a treasure chest of potential workshops or essay ideas. I’m working with Creative Writing students all over Ireland at QUB, Ulster University Coleraine, NUIG and UCD.

Coleraine Train - Deirdre Cartmill

It’s a dream opportunity for me. I love writing on trains – the sights, the sounds, the rhythm of the train just create the perfect setting for inspiration.

I’ll be writing a sequence of haiku about my experiences. I’ll also be approaching willing passengers on the trains and gently encouraging them to write their own haiku, with my help, giving them a unique experience as they travel.

Before I became a writer, I worked for both British Rail and Irish Rail as a Signal & Telecoms engineer. I walked the lines with the maintenance teams. I drank tea in signal boxes. I crossed boggy fields to site radio masts. Because of this it’s important for me to explore some unusual and behind the scenes stories during my residency. I’m looking forward to getting some haiku from railway staff and seeing the journey through their eyes.

Inspire reuse

When working the Creative Writing students I’m encouraging them to write about ‘invisible people’ – the people behind the scenes who don’t normally get a mention.
I was living in Dublin and working for Irish Rail when I first started to write – and my first writers group was in the Irish Writers Centre with Thomas Kilroy. It’s lovely to feel it all coming full circle through this residency.”

You can get involved too. Check out the dedicated Instagram page @roamingwriterstories or where I will regularly post Writing Ideas – inspirational writing exercises to get the creativity flowing. I’d love you to take part and post samples of your writing in the comments on the Instagram Page.

I’ll also be publishing some of my own haiku and the students’ stories on this Instagram page throughout the residency.

I’ve previously been the IWC Community Writer-in-Residence with Womens Aid in 2018, Artist-in-Residence at The Belfast International Arts Festival 2017, and Writer-in-Residence at the Belfast Book Festival and An Creagan

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Between Crossing & Passing on Poetry Jukebox

I’m absolutely delighted to have my poem Between Crossing & Passing featured on the mobile Poetry Jukebox, as part of the CS Lewis A Deeper Country curation. As a huge CS Lewis fan it’s an extra thrill to be part of this one.

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The mobile jukebox will be in CS Lewis Square, adjacent to the CS Lewis Centre/ Jack’s Cafe, throughout February & March 2019. Watch out for a launch reading in mid February.

The other fabulous poets included are: Tade Ipadeola, Malachi Black, Ian Duhig, Eleanor Hooker, Andrew Roycroft, Marion Clarke, Sven Kretczchmar, Colin Hassard, Kirsty Niven, Bethany Ashley, Sophie Segura, Nicole Carter, Emily Murtagh, Philip Crymble, Shelley Tracey, Demi After, Amanda Bell, Joy Fleming and Anne Casey.

Congrats everyone and huge thanks to Artistic Director and curator Maria McManus and co-curator Tade Ipadeola for including me.

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Roaming Writer In Residence

I’m absolutely delighted to be the new IWC Roaming Writer In Residence. Watch out for me on trains north and south in the New Year.

Railway track reuse
I love trains. My first degree was in Electrical and Electronic engineering and I worked for both British Rail and Irish Rail as a Signal & Telecoms engineer when I graduated. I hope to explore some unusual and behind the scenes stories during my residency.

I was living in Dublin and working for Irish Rail when I first started to write – and my first every writers group was in the Irish Writers Centre with Thomas Kilroy. It’s lovely to feel the journey coming full circle…

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One To One Mentoring

I have a couple of places opening up for my One To One Mentoring Programme, tailored specifically for you. I’ll pass on all the craft, tips and techniques I’ve learned as an award winning writer and BBC script editor, and I’ll help you to take your writing to a deeper level.

Whether you’re writing a screenplay, poetry, novel, short stories, non-fiction or a play, I’ll get you writing and keep you writing. The mentoring can be done via Skype or in person.

I was touched by a recent client’s comment: “She had the rare talent of making you feel everything was possible and that you deserved that everything too.”

If you want to open up to your own limitless possibilities, email me on to find out more.

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