Ruth O’Callaghan holds the prestigious Hawthornden Fellowship, is a mentor, reviewer, interviewer, tutors courses both in the UK and abroad, is an adjudicator of international poetry competitions and a judge of Art by Offenders for the Koestler Trust.
Translated into six languages she has read extensively in Asia, Europe and the USA to audiences ranging from nearly a thousand to a few on a buffalo farm. Poetry advisor to a Nobel Prize nominee, she has collaborated with other disciplines and nationalities including Mongolian women poets (sponsored by the Arts Council) which produced a book and CD.
Awarded a Heinrich Böll residency in Eire and a gold medal for poetry in Taiwan at the World Congress of Poets, her three collections have had to be re-printed. Her fourth collection is to be published in 2013 and she is also working on a book of interviews with eminent women poets.
Ruth hosts two poetry venues, whose ethos is to promote poetry’s social dimension and provides 65-70% of monies necessary to support two different Cold Weather Shelters for the Homeless. She endeavours to bring fresh audiences to poetry – especially those who are disadvantage in some way – e.g. introducing poetry to a New Horizons Centre for the elderly and also serves on a committee that promotes poetry for women over forty.