Rita Kelly is an award-winning poet and writer in both English and Irish; who holds an MA in Creative Writing. She brings a wealth of experience to any occasion as she has worked closely with and mentored emerging writers, developed writers and young writers; established writers groups, writers in prisons and schools for more than forty years. She has spent her formative years in East Galway, close to and in Ballinasloe. She lived for a number of years in the early 60s in Shannonbridge. That landscape and the plains of South Roscommon have shaped her writing.
1972 she married the writer and poet, Eugene Watters/Eoghan Ó Tuairisc.
2015 she married her long-time partner, Edel Connolly
She was chosen by the Arts Council to participate in the National Writers’ Workshops in UCG, firstly with Anthony Cronin as moderator and again with John McGahern as moderator. These were invaluable experiences; she was the youngest participant at the time.