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Heather Richardson​


Writer and textile artist

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Heather Richardson has published two novels: Magdeburg (2010, Lagan Press) and Doubting Thomas (2017, Vagabond Voices). Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in journals in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her textile art has been exhibited at the International Linen Biennale (Lisburn, 2018) and at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery (Banbridge, 2019). She is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, and is an experienced creative facilitator, working with community groups of all ages. Her latest book, A Dress for Kathleen, was published in September 2023 by Story Machine.

                A Dress for Kathleen

 ‘An utterly gorgeous and beautifully imagined poetic family history. A Dress for Kathleen unflinchingly tells of hard lives blighted by war and poverty, but blessed by brave and unquenchable hopes.’

    Sarah Bower, author of Lines and Shadows

    Check out the gallery to see details of the stitched dress

    Available to order at A Dress for Kathleen - Story Machine (

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Notebook and Pen

"Sometimes the quilts were white for weddings, the design

Made up of stitches and the shadows cast by stitches.

And the quilts for funerals? How do you sew the night?"

Michael Longley (1995), “The Design”

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