Writing, Dani Gill
Writing, Dani Gill
Dani is a writer and published poet. She published her first collection of poems, After Love, with Salmon Poetry in April 2017 which was made into a full stage show and premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in 2021. Her second poetry collection Lessons in Kindness, is published in April 2023 by Salmon Poetry. 

Dani has also been published in: Washing Windows, Irish Female Poets. Arlen House (2016), Prelude Magazine, New York (2016), Freckle Magazine, Northern Ireland (2017), and Clear Days of Light (2021).

Dani has completed Writing Residencies in: Merlin College, Doughiska, Galway (2018), ARD Family Resource Centre, Galway (2014-2017), Galway Youth Arts Alliance (2017-2018), Longford County Council (2018), Cill Rialaig Artistic Residency, Kerry (2017& 2021), Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill (2019) and Shawbrook Dance (2020).

Dani has hosted workshops for Mental Health Awareness Week (University Hospital Galway), Social Inclusion Week (Galway) and in Direct Provision (Galway).

Dani also writes reviews and occasional features for The Irish Times. Read Dani’s Irish Times pieces:

Who wouldn’t want to see an Anne Enright and Rusangano Family opera?

Chest Pain: A man, a stent and a campervan

On Swift Horses: Secrets and lies in 1950s California and Mexico

She has performed her work at the International Literature Festival, Dublin, Listowel Writers’ Week, Dromineer Poetry Festival, RTE Radio One Arena and was featured on Sunday with Miriam, RTE Radio 1.

Her first collection of poetry, After Love, was awarded research time under an Arts Council dance bursary in November 2018 and went on to premiere at the Galway International Arts Festival in August 2021. The show returned for performances in Galway and Dublin in April 2023 and is planning to tour internationally.

Lessons in Kindness is a collection exploring identity, sexuality, strength and vulnerability. Through a series of losses and epiphanies, a young woman attempts to make sense of the lessons taught and learned. From the recent referenda in Ireland, to a landscape of women ghosts, Lessons in Kindness is a search for meaning and love, set against the backdrop of the wild Atlantic coast. 

 

Listen to Dani on RTE Radio 1 Arena: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/clips/22232618/

Here are reflections as fragile as eggshell. They are sparse and opaque, and work like a lens, allowing the reader to be the object of their own reading. There is a sense of selfhood here which is as transient as gossamer. And what shines through is a kind of soul light. A beautiful and uplifting book. -Michael Harding 

A beautiful account of the lives, loves and losses of three generations of women. The poems explore how interconnected those experiences are, in love, in grief, and how they move between generations like the ebb and flow of the tide. -Edel Coffey

A meditative collection on the importance of the people who make us, and the kindness they leave behind. -Elaine Feeney

Fast paced, challenging, truthful, in this her second collection, Dani Gill explores the demanding landscape of personal love and loss. -Mary Dorcey 

Lessons in Kindness is a finely-wrought collection exploring identity, love and loss. Whether writing about the relationships that have shaped her, the experience of coming out or how to live mindfully each day, Dani Gill’s poems are imbued with a sense of rootedness in nature

– Jane Clarke 

This gentle collection orbits grief, looking for a safe place to land. The wearing and removing of masks, the fragility of life, the stillness therein.– Rita Ann Higgins