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Books, Poetry & Plays

Catherine e.m. O'Neill


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A selection of my poems have been longlisted for the third edition of
Northern Gravy 

My 'Keep Granny's Clock' starring Judi Earl- 
part of 'Sunderland Stories Monologues' 
which were nominated for

'Best Event at the Journal Culture Awards 2021'.




Catherine O'Neill writes novels, short stories, plays, poems, and reviews.

Catherine's short play 'Networking' was staged by

Live Theatre Newcastle as part of Your Voice: North East 

starring Jacqueline Phillips and Karen Traynor,

and directed by Paula Penman.

Catherine is soon to be published in HOLYFLEA!

She was shortlisted for the

Streetcake Magazine Experimental Writing Prize 2021. 

She was also longlisted for Northern Gravy 's third edition.

Catherine tweets and reviews for  Word Factory  and

edits for Dishsoap Quaterly magazine.

Catherine and Ray Hopkins established and edit Holmeside Writing online magazine to showcase the work of members of their writing group

Holmeside Writers.

Catherine curated Durham Introducing #2 in December 2021.

An evening of spoken word and live music to promote emerging artists in the heart of Durham City at the gorgeous Claypath Deli.


She had a short story broadcast on BBC Radio Newcastle.

Catherine took part in The Sunderland Stages Project where her monologue '

Keep Granny's Clock'

was filmed during the lockdown as part of the

'Sunderland Stories Project',

which was nominated for 
Best Event in The Journal Culture Awards 2021

and is available to view on YouTube.

Catherine gained a place on Live Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting Course in 2019.

She has dabbled in songwriting; written plays, poetry, many short stories, reviews, and is currently editing her debut novel Silent Eden.              

In The Press
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In the Press

Sunderland Culture are spearheading a new series of online plays written by local playwrights, with the aim of exploring unheard voices across the city.

The six week run of performances will begin on Tuesday 9th June, and will be streamed via Sunderland Culture’s YouTube channel and social media every Tuesday at 8pm. The themes covered in the plays are diverse and thought-provoking, with topics including dementia, murder, break-ups and – inevitably – Covid-19, with the monologues performed and filmed by professional actors in their own homes.

“Sunderland has so much untapped talent and I am delighted that we are able to shine a light on just a few of the emerging writers in the city with the Sunderland Stories project.” says Helen Green, Head of Performance at Sunderland Culture. “The range of ideas submitted was fantastic – funny, sad, absorbing and thought provoking, these stories bring to life Sunderland characters.”

The six monologues chosen for the project have never been shown in public before, giving a vital voice to emerging writers on Wearside.

NARC. Magazine

News & Events

Summer Streets Online

21st July 2020

Reading from 'Silent Eden'.

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Written by Catherine O'Neill 

'Your Voice: North East' at Live Theatre, Newcastle.
23rd-26th September 2021
Starring Jacqueline Phillips & Karen Traynor 
Directed by Paula Penman

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Jacqueline Phillips as Barbara

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Karen Traynor as Lynsey

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In December 2021, I curated an evening of free live music and spoken word. 

It was beautiful. Thanks to Claypath Deli and Graham @Durham Introducing & @Down by the River

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