Pádraig Ó Tuama

Visiting Scholar, Encountering the Bible


Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian who brings interests in language, conflict and theology to his work. He hosts Poetry Unbound from On Being and his work has been published in Poetry Ireland, the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day and Harvard Review, among others. His books include volumes of poetry, prayers and prose. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest reconciliation community.

Pádraig lives in Ireland with his partner Paul Doran, with whom he co-founded the Tenx9 storytelling project. Pádraig’s recently published work includes Borders and Belonging, coauthored with Glenn Jordan; an essay in The Book of Queer Prophets, edited by by Ruth Hunt; 15 sonnets on the stations in When Did You See Me Naked, edited by Reaves and Tombs. Pádraig holds a pontifical degree in Divinity validated by St. Patrick’s college in Maynooth; an MTh from Queen’s in Belfast (dissertation: Jesus and the Marginalised; a narrative exploration of human encounter in the gospel of Mark) and is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow exploring poetry and prayer. Additionally he holds qualifications in adult education and conflict resolution, with emphasis on group dynamics of conflict.