Poet and author Denise Blake will be taking part in one of Ireland's cultural highlights of the festive season this week.

Ramelton woman Denise Blake, a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1, has been selected again this year to join the Christmas special Miscellany.

She will be taking to the stage at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Tuesday, 12th December, reading some of her popular works with music by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

Denise Blake

The live show is all sold-out, but those at home can tune in to hear Denise and all the other performers at Christmas.

The festive show will be broadcast on the morning of Christmas Eve on RTE Radio 1, with Part Two airing on Christmas Day at 9am. The show is described as a magical event of music and creative writing at its finest.

Originally from Ohio, Denise and her family moved to Donegal in 1969. Her first poetry collection, Take a Deep Breath, was published by Summer Palace Press in 2004. How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy was published in 2010. Her third poetry collection will be published soon by Revival Press.

Denise is a founder of the Errigal Writers’ Group and received an MA in poetry from Lancaster University through the Poets’ House. She has wide experience of giving creative writing workshops in national and secondary schools as well as adult groups across Donegal.