Geraldine Moorkens Byrne

Author

Poetry Crime Fiction Non-Fiction Bespoke Ceremonies
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I am a poet, writer and teacher, based in Dublin Ireland. 
My Murder Mystery series featuring Caroline Jordan and the world of Irish Politics, Socialites and Artists is available on Amazon, Kindle, and all good book shops. Published by PPP Publishing, Book one (The Body Politic) and Book two (The Body Count) will be followed this year (2022) by the third book in the series, The Body Beautiful.
I am also the author of a children's book Puddles! and Dreams of Reality, my first poetry collection.

I live in Dublin, with my husband and two children and when not writing about murder I am usually reading about it. 

I also teach: I will be teaching two classes in 2022 on the  Irish Pagan School (May and October) and you access my previous classes there too. The IPS promotes Indigenous Irish education on folkmagic, folk lore, Old Irish and Modern Irish practices and Irish Spirituality. It offers a huge range of free material, affordable packages, scholarships and quality live and recorded classes.
I have experience in leading Creative Writing classes, speaking at book launches, poetry readings, poetry open mic nights and book clubs , both online and in person. 

My other passions 

More peaceful pursuits include Knitting, Crocheting, Card and Jewellery Making, and I have an Etsy shop for crafty goods. 
A graduate of both UCD and The College of Commerce, I worked in Advertising and Publishing followed by almost 30 years in retail.  I am a poet (see below for listed work) as well as a teacher (IPS, Creative Writing Courses, TEFL.) Apart from a large body of poetry, and now crime fiction novels, I also write and perform Ceremonies for weddings, funerals, rites of passage, house cleansing, divorce and more.

Other Work
My work has been published in a wide range of anthologies, media, ezines and performance pieces. My collection of poetry Dreams of Reality is currently available on Kindle. My poems have been adapted for several theatre performances, and my original naming ceremony was used to raise funds for children's charities in both Ireland and the UK. I have prose pieces on spirituality in several publications e.g. Harp Club and Cauldron: A Harvest of Knowledge. My short story A Stranger Among Friends has been shortlisted for the Cunningham Short Story and will be published in the 2020 winner's anthology. I have poetry included in Poems from the Lockdown, a global collection of poets on the coronavirus era.  


FULL BIO 
Geraldine is a writer and poet from Dublin, Ireland. She studied in UCD, worked in Advertising and Publishing and finally returned to her family roots to run a famous music shop in Dublin. She retired in 2021 after almost 30 years, and now writes full time.
Her poetry draws on a variety of inspirational sources - Old Irish mythology, Irish literary forms, modern politics mixed with the ancient tradition of Satire.
She has several poems in the Poetry From the Lockdown, Willowbrook Press, and her short story "A Stranger Among Friends" was a prizewinner in the Cunningham Short Story Comp and is included in the winners anthology 2020.

Her work has been published in Anthologies (inc Where The Hazel Falls /Electric Publications; Jane Raeburn Collection; Small Things; Pagan Paeans; Brigid's Runes) and Magazines (inc Asian Geographic -frontispiece, Tribes Edition; American Dowser)as well as Ezines (inc Prairie Poetry; Poetry Life and Times.) Other includes Gods and Radicals Anthology "A beautiful Resistance"; The 1916 Rising Commemorative Magazine "Sixteen" (several issues, featured poet.)

Geraldine was a founding editor of the PPP poetry ezine/workshop which is now a small poetry collective dedicated to helping new authors. She was also editor of Pagan Paeans (with Simone L Hogan). In 2011 she was a prize winner, Listowel Writers Week John Creedon Inaugral Poetry Competition. Her work has been performed by theatre groups in the USA and UK - notably "Death of the Hero" and "Bealtine".

CEREMONIES

Geraldine has taught online classes in Poetry and folk magic traditions notably through the Irish Pagan School and has been a teacher and leader in Irish spirituality for many years, and have written and performed ceremonies for Births, Deaths, Weddings, Cleansing and most recently, Renaming/Separation ceremonies.
She is happy to work for anyone who requires it regardless of any considerations of sexual orientation, gender, or spirituality. Her focus is on creating truly bespoke ceremonies, inspired by the needs and aspirations of my clients. She wants them to not only reflect the occasion but enable the person to express their unique sense of self.


About Me: About Me:
THE BODY COUNT
PUBLISHED DEC 15th 2021!!

New Friends. New Clients. New Enemies.
Old Secrets...
The banking scandals of 2012 hit Ireland, Jordan PR are about to pitch for their biggest contract yet. The Bank of Leinster desperately need help to rehabilitate their image. Caroline Jordan is ready to step in - the only problem is the body in the Bank's meeting room!

This time Caroline is determined not to get involved. Her colleagues/best friends are getting married, political reforms loom and there’s an iconic art exhibition to arrange. Not to mention that Bank contract is still up for grabs. But in Ireland all things are connected and old secrets bind strange bedfellows.

As she begins to realize the web of lies and scandal stretch from the art world to the board room, DS Doyle pulls in a favour - can Caroline possibly resist investigating the rising Body Count?

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Book two in the Caroline Jordan Mysteries.


THE BODY POLITIC
THE BODY POLITIC

Caroline Jordan is the rising star of Irish PR until her most high profile client is found dead at his desk. The Minister for Justice may have been murdered... Now Caroline has a PR company to save and a strange policeman dogging her steps. Can she outwit the murderer, save her company, impress her new VIP client and most importantly, survive Irish Politics?
She's not sure but fueled by vodka, rage and steely determination, she's going to give it a good try!


When Minister Damien Fitzpatrick is found dead at his desk, everyone assumes it was natural causes. Caroline Jordan has spent 4 years keeping the Minister on track, hiding his volatile personality and building his public image as a family man and serious politician. Now she's facing social Siberia and a serious setback for her PR firm. Worse still, her two best friends are also her employees and they're going down with her.

Meanwhile DS Doyle is faced with the unwelcome news that a Minister has been murdered. The prime suspects include the Prime Minister, famous politicians, several high ranking officials and Ireland's most brazen gangster-turned-property-developer.

When Caroline finds herself dragged into the mess, one thing becomes clear. She is going to fight to the bitter end for Jordan PR, her best friends and her new VIP client. And if she can manage a romance with the gorgeous but elusive Rory Fitzpatrick at the same time, why not!

Available on Amazon, all good bookstores/order through bookstore, Direct from Author (signed with merch)
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THE BODY POLITIC
Caroline has a dead minister of state, a new job to manage, a fledgling PR company to save - the last thing she needs are rumours of murder and a strange policeman dogging her steps. Can she outwit the murderer, save her company, impress her new VIP client and most importantly, survive? She's not sure but fueled by vodka, rage and steely determination, she's going to give it a good try!
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Caroline Jordan Mystery Bk 1 - now available to buy!

REVIEWS " absolutely loved this book. The characters felt real, the plot made sense and was a complete page turner for it. " Knitruns (Amazon) 







The Cunningham Short Story Competition Winners Collection

Poems from a Lockdown, WIllowbrooks Press



Dreams of Reality - A Collection (poetry)





PUDDLES! A children's picture book


Pagan Paeans - The PPP Anthology


Where The Hazel Falls - Poetry
NEWSNEWSNEWS
JANUARY 2022
New for 22 -
1. The Body Beautiful, book three of the Caroline Jordan Mystery Series will be out later this year: catch up on the previous books HERE

2. Draíocht Ceoil, The Sound of Magic in Irish Tradition, a non fiction work that will explore the practice of Irish traditions using sound and music will be out later this year, and will have additional online recordings and help to supplement the book. Pre-orders will open in Autumn.
3.There are exciting plans afoot to host a podcast, featuring both Irish Crime Fiction and additionally the Poetry Series on Alzheimer and the family carer, in two separate blocks. This will require a commitment of time and effort on my part but I'm really excited by this new opportunity and hope to have it up and running in late Spring.

TEACHING
 I will be teaching two classes in 2022 on the  Irish Pagan School (May and October) and you access my previous classes there too. The IPS promotes Indigenous Irish education on folkmagic, folk lore, Old Irish and Modern Irish practices and Irish Spirituality. It offers a huge range of free material, affordable packages, scholarships and quality live and recorded classes.

As ever, always delighted to hear from you at Author@celebratingwords.com - If you would like to participate in the PODCAST either as a Family Carer or a Crime Fiction Writer or reviewer, please do contact me.






It's Publication Day !!
The Body Count, A Caroline Jordan Mystery Book 2 is here



New Friends. New Clients. New Enemies.
Old Secrets...



It's 2012 and the banking scandals have hit Ireland hard; the Bank of Leinster finds its image in need of emergency help. Which means Jordan PR is about to pitch for their biggest contract yet - the only problem is the fresh corpse in the Bank's meeting room!
This time Caroline is determined not to get involved. Political reforms loom, there's a wedding to plan and an iconic Art exhibition to arrange. But in Ireland, old secrets bind strange fellows and as Caroline realizes the web of lies runs from the boardroom to the art world, DS Doyle calls in a favour.
Can Caroline resist investigating the rising Body Count?



Fun, fast-paced, modern murder mystery set in Dublin, Ireland among politicians, socialites, bankers, Anglo-Irish aristocrats and eccentric artists.
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OCTOBER 2021
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MAEL BRIDGE: A BRIDGET OF IRELAND DEVOTIONAL - FREE ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH
Join me on Saturday 28th at the Mael Bridge Book launch, to celebrate her new Bridget of Ireland Devotional, A poetic devotional to our most beloved Goddess (later Saint) of Ireland.
This will be a communal celebration, and I am delighted to say I will be reading a poem. It begins at 9pm Irish time Sat 28th(1 pm Pacific Time USA) and runs for about an hour. Registration is free through ticket tailor, event is on Zoom. Please do join us for this joyful and uplifting event!
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/sunamongstars/556582



AUGUST 2021
This month for me, is all about giving back. Inspired by the story of Lugh and his foster mother Tailtiu, it's a time to give to my community. At the moment an important community for me is that of the Family Carer, especially those caring for people with ALzheimer's and Dementia. As I deal with the every day pain and burden of being a family carer, I have found so much support and understanding not from official websites or advocacy groups but from facebook groups and similar, where ordinary carers meet online to discuss our days.
I have launched a series of poems Beside Manners: Alzheimer's and the Family Carer. Poems go up on Twitter, and then are cross posted with full commentary to Instagram. You can follow me on either site @gercelt - and if you have personal lived experiences to share in any written or viisual form, you are more than welcome to contribute. Email me Author@celebratingwords.com or DM on Twitter/Insta (do put Poetry Series in your post, or it will get overlooked)
ALL LINKS ARE HERE:
https://bio.link/germoorkensbyrne


Poems 1-5 are up and poems 6-10 follow in the next 5 days (August 11th onwards)
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Commemoration Ceremony - FREE
I am currently writing a template for a commemoration service, for use free of charge for anyone who lost someone during C19 and were unable to celebrate their funeral adequately. Once it's available, if you need help personalizing it I am happy to help. I hope to offer it from August 25th onwards.

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Check out my new course on Irish Pagan School
Draíocht Ceoil
Sound and Magic in an Irish Tradition, with a Native Irish File

Recorded live -
Online Class which explores the Irish magical tradition of Sound and Music , with a native File (Poet).
Draíocht Ceoil is an Irish folk magic tradition with its roots in our Druidic/ Filí heritage. It focuses on the use of sound including words to create magical effect; also to understand the sounds found in the natural world and use them to attune spirit to place. Sound can be used to change the energy of a place, manipulate crowd energy, or focus spell work. Music and word was inextricably linked in Irish traditions, and Draíocht Ceoil has many facets and equally, many uses.



WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU ENROLL THIS COURSE?
Part 1 will cover:
  • Introduction to Draíocht Ceoil
  • Druidic and Old Irish roots
  • Folk magic tradition
Part 2 and Part 3 will include practical examples, lots of noise, and fun!Covering the magical properties of sound, such as:

  • Man made sound high/medium/low notes
  • And sound in nature "whisper, song, roar"
  • Awareness of Sound, affect of sound on individual/groups/places.
Combining sound and word to produce magical change and transformation:
  • Using music with existing magical practices
  • Using music to help spirituality
  • Using sound in nature to connect to land.
Taking this course through the IPS supports native Irish educators and prioritizes Indigenous Irish practices

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BOOK LAUNCH 

Missed the launch? check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BsrRXbckoA


PAPERBACK OUT NOW!!
The Body Politic is available now in paperback on Amazon
ISBN 
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8639992001
ASIN
  • ASIN : B08WTZR96T
Only €9.95 / £8.75 / $10.75



PREORDER NOW - The kindle edition of The Body Politic is available online for the introductory price of €3.30 to reward early bird buyers and supporters! Also preorder customers are invited to the March Virtual Book Launch!
PRE ORDER FOR KINDLE





PRESS RELEASEPPP PUBLISHING PRESS RELEASE FEB 17TH

The Body Politic, the new detective novel by Geraldine Moorkens Byrne, will be available for preorder soon! Kindle release date is February 28th (available for pre order from Feb 21st)
Paperbacks will be available from Amazon initially, then from selected bookshops and direct from Author. Release date pending.
Kindle edition available to friends and family and early birds initially at €3.95
Paperback €9.75 from Amazon UK, De, USA and most other channels.
We will post links as soon as available.
Bookshops or looking to buy direct please PM, favourable wholesale rates available as ever!
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COMING SOON!!

Delighted to announce that my first detective novel The Body Politic will be released FEB 2021
MORE DETAILS AS AVAILABLE
Publisher PPPPUBLISHING IRELAND
Title: The Body Politic, A Caroline Jordan Mystery
Humourous, lighthearted, cosy mystery, fun read, set in the world of Ireland's Public Relations / Political/ Socialite scene (with added Gangsters)

Full details, February 21st


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My new class on The Rosc, Poetic Magic from our Druidic Past is available for download from the Irish Pagan School



Online Class which gives an introduction to the Old Irish form of Poetry called Rosc (a short poem, ode or chant), which is integral to Ireland's native Magic and Spiritual Practices - from a native Irish File (Poet), who will bring you on a journey through this Poetic Magic from our Druidic past.

We examine questions and cover topics such as:
  • -- An intro to Draiocht Ceoil (the magic of words and sound)
  • -- An examination of what a Rosc is, in poetic terms
  • -- The type of magic it was used for
  • -- Examples of the Rosc from Old Irish literature
  • -- Its use in Draiocht Ceoil and folk magic
  • -- The construction of a Rosc
This class includes some practical prompts, discussion, Q&A from the live session, and instructional 'homework' for you to construct your own Rosc poetry!

This teaching is suitable for beginners, as well as those with more experience in this area, or in other traditions. You do not have to be dedicated to or working with any Irish Gods, Guides, or Guardians to take this class.


Your Course access enrollment below includes recorded access to:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- Class Video
  • -- Class Audio
  • -- Class Chat Log/Resources
  • -- BONUS Resources
You will get the unique perspective of a native Irish File who has studied Rosc Poetry directly, and is a published modern Irish poet and musician too. You can find more of Geraldine's work at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3016469.Geraldine_Moorkens_Byrne


  • Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
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Creative Writing Workshop

Free, 2 hour creative writing workshop. Venue to be finalized, due to Covid 19 restrictions. Bring along your work, receive feedback and peer review as well as a professional guide to improving technique. Explore plot, characterization and structuring your work. Any genre welcome in prose form. (Poetry workshop to follow later in Autumn 21) Your facilitator: Geraldine Moorkens Byrne


  • Date: 01/08/2021 04:00 PM
  • Location: Dublin 2, Ireland (Map)