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‘Burial’, Honest Ulsterman , Issue 10, p. 18.

……contribution to……, The Great Book of Ireland Leabhar Mor na hEireann, 199(2).

‘Muffin Man, Muffin Man’, New Poems from Ulster , ed. James Simmons, English Studies, New University of Ulster , 1971, pp. 10-11.

‘An Ideal State’, Quarto , Magazine of The Literary Society, The New University of Ulster, Vol. 3 No.2, April 1977, p. 19.

‘Usufruct’, New Irish Writing, The Irish Press , 22 October, 1977.

‘In and Out of Derry’, Literary Miscellany , Ulster Tatler , March, 1981.

‘Foyle’, Derry Journal , 14 February, 1986.

‘John’, Derry Journal , 3 April, 1987.

Six Poems, Murphy’s Law, BBC Radio Foyle, January – February, 1988.

‘In Memory of John Hewitt’, ‘On Chosen Ground’, BBC Radio Ulster , 4 September, 1988.

Two Poems, Visions International , Number 29, Arlington , VA , 1989.

‘Three poems’, Ambit 115, (All Ireland Number), 1989, pp. 60-61.

‘Mary Ann McCracken’, Cyphers , 30, Winter/Spring 1988/89, pp. 44-45

‘Let the Record Show’, Honest Ulsterman , No 89, Summer 1990, p. 13

‘The Spade’, Honest Ulsterman , Issue 89, Summer 1990, p. 14.

‘The Cathedral’, Poetry Please, BBC Bristol, 12 November, 1990.

‘Going Walkabout on Water’ and ‘Titanic’, Newsletter Poems Nos. 16 & 17, Ulster News Letter , 4 February, 1991.

‘Heritage’, Review , The Magazine of the Foyle Civic Trust, Issue 2, Spring 1991, p. 19.

‘Springtown’, The Spark , Issue 2, Winter 91/91, p. 25.

‘Coshquin Checkpoint’, Fortnight , March, 1992, p. 41.

‘On the Threshold Blues’, Newsletter Poems No. 86, Ulster News Letter , 29 June, 1992.

‘In and out of Derry’, The State We’re In, BBC Radio Ulster , December, 1992.

‘Let the Record Show’, Writing Ulster , Nos. 2 and 3, 1991/1993, pp. 78-79.

‘Three Poems’, Exposure , Omagh, 1993.

‘The Schoolhouse’, Honest Ulsterman , Issue 95, p. 98.

‘First Footing; for FJ D’Arcy’, Derry Journal , 11 February, 1994.

‘The Choir Vestry’, Review , The Magazine of the Foyle Civic Trust, Issue 5, 1994.

‘He is Endurance’, Honest Ulsterman , Issue 97, Spring 1994, p. 41.

‘The Moon Rising over Nesebar’, Honest Ulsterman 100 , A Special Centenary Issue, Autumn 1995, p. 13.

‘Nesting Time’, Honest Ulsterman , Issue 104, Autumn 1997, p. 19.

‘You Have Marked Me’, Flaming Arrows , Issue 6, 1997.

‘Gatekeepers’, Pages from a Book, an exhibition of paintings by Leslie Nicholl, Old Museum Arts Centre, 7 January – 28 January, 1998.

‘The Crows of Ballyshaskey’ (read by author), BBC Radio Ulster , 18 September, 1998.

‘The Crows of Ballyshaskey’, Honest Ulsterman , Issue 106, Autumn 1998, p. 28.

‘ Cruit Island Poems’, Cyphers , 45, Spring/Summer 1998, p. 16.

‘The Absentee’, Or Volge L’Anno: At the Year’s Turning , An anthology of Irish Poets Responding to Leopardi, ed. Marco Sonzogni, Dublin, 1998, pp. 99-100.

‘I am Eve’ and ‘Her Recipe’, The Salmon , No. 19, Autumn 1988, pp. 76-77.

Markings‘ (extract), Books Ireland , No. 224, September, 1999, p. 239.

‘Great Undertakings in the County of Coleraine ‘, Derry and Londonderry (History and Society) , ed. O’Brien, G., 1999, p. xxiv.

‘Sperrins’, Tyrone (History and Society), ed. Dillon, C. and Jefferies, H.A., 2000, p. xxxiv.

‘Walking to School’, The Salmon , No. 23, Spring 1990, p. 25.

‘The Day the Russian Circus came to Creggan Roundabout’, The Salmon , No. 23, Spring 1990, p. 26.

‘Easter Island’, Living Landscape Anthology, ed. D.Choice, West Cork Arts Centre, 1990, p. 7.



St. Columb’s Cathedral: poem for Christmas.

Londonderry County Book : preface poem.



Triangle, The New University of Ulster Literary Society Review, edited by , Number 1, Summer 1973.

Poems, Templemore School , edited by Sam Burnside, 1979.

Borderlines, A Collection of New Writing from the North West, edited by Sam Burnside with a preface by Frank McGuinness, Holiday Projects West, 1988.

Ourselves and Others, Twenty One Prize Winning Poems Written by Young People, edited by Sam Burnside, Western Education and Library Board, 1988.

The Glow Upon the Fringe, Literary Journeys around Derry and the North West , edited by Sam Burnside with an introduction by D.E.S. Maxwell, Verbal Arts Centre, 1994.

Honest Ulsterman, Special Feature Issue: North By North West, Writing from Derry and the North-West of Ireland , guest editor, Sam Burnside, HU, No. 99, Spring 1995.



Writer to Writer, An account of a one-year community-based arts in adult education initiative, Studies in Community Education, No. 1, Workers’ Education Association, 1990, pp.

Training and Arts Administration in Northern Ireland , Workers’ Educational Association, 1991.

One Word – Many Roots,. Oral Traditions Across the Regions, Verbal Arts Centre, 1995.



The CathedralFreehold Press, 1989.

Walking the MarchesSalmon, 1990.

Horses, limited edition handmade book with original wood engravings by Tim Stampton, Ballagh Studio, Co. Donegal, 1993.

Fahan Murawith an introduction by Frank Harvey, Lapwing Press, 1995.

A Will to Remember, (Linenhall Library, Belfast ) 2003

Innocents Abroad (Arttank Gallery, Belfast ) 2004

New and Selected Poems, Ulster Historical Foundation, Malone Road, Belfast,  2013



The Cathedral‘, The Sunday Tribune , New Irish Writing, 19 March, 1989, p. 21 – winner of the Hennessy Prize for Poetry.

Markings’The Recorder , The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, Volume 12, No. 2, Fall 1999, pp. 36-53.


EXHIBITIONS ( word and image collaborations)

The Grey Eye’, The Grey Eye, with Leslie Nicholl (Artist) and Colin Corkey (Sculptor); Orchard Gallery, Derry (April 1996) and OMAC, Belfast (May, 1996).

‘Between One Day and Another’, illustrated by Leslie Nichol, in A Crazy Knot , Seacourt Print Workshop, (Catalogue, 1996, pp. 1-2); catalogue and Arts Council of Northern Ireland touring exhibition of words and images. 1996-1997.

‘Gatekeepers’, Pages from a Book Leslie Nicholl, Old Museum Arts Centre, 7-28 January, 1998.

‘Markings‘, Station Room Gallery, Belfast with L Nichol and and Forum Theatre, Londonderry .

‘A Will to Remember’, Linenhall Library, Belfast , 9 January – 18 February 2003

Innocents Abroad‘. Arttank Gallery, Lisburn Road , Belfast ) January – February, 2004)


POETRY ANTHOLOGIES , Represented in –

The Derry Anthology , Sean McMahon, Ed.,Blackstaff Press, 2002

The Ulster Anthology , Patricia Craig, Ed., Blackstaff Press, 2006

Salmon, A Journey in Poetry 1981-2007, Jessie Lendennie, Ed., 2007



‘Chicken, Chicken’, New Irish Writing, edited David Marcus, The Irish Press , 9 July, 1977.

Christmas at the Sunrise Bar‘, New Irish Writing, edited David Marcus, The Irish Press , 26 April, 1980.

‘The Road’, Literary Miscellany, edited Sam Hanna Bell, Ulster Tatler , March, 1978.

‘Quality Control’, Literary Miscellany, edited Sam Hanna Bell, Ulster Tatler , August, 1978.

‘My Name is Johnny Moore’, Literary Miscellany, edited Sam Hanna Bell, Ulster Tatler , May, 1980.

‘Christmas at the Sunrise Bar’, Twin Tides (from Derry Writers), 1984, pp. 21-23.

‘The Field’, The Blackstaff Book of Short Stories , 1988, pp. 91-93.

‘Voices’, The Blackstaff Book of Short Stories , 1988, pp. 94-98.

‘Story’, The Gift of the Gab, BBC Radio Ulster , 17th July, 1993.

‘Moving On’ and ‘John Colvin’s Profession’, Review, September/October, 1988.

A Story of Mice, Verbal Arts Centre, 2000-(a children’s book).

The Fourth Estate and Other Stories, Unpublished collection, winner of the McCrea Literary Award, University of Ulster , 1986.


The Verbal Arts Centre Story, Archived, Verbal Arts Centre



‘No Water Under the Bridge; Sam Burnside revisits Sam Thompson and reviews the difficulties of creating a radical literature in Ireland ‘; Free Thought in Ireland , a supplement to Fortnight , Number 297

‘The Role of the Youth and Community Tutor’, Arena , The Magazine of the Northern Ireland Youth Service, August, 1979.

‘Sam Thompson’s Place in Northern Irish Literature’, a paper presented to the Irish Labour History Society, Linenhall Library, 15 February, 1986.

,Andrew Boyd; The Rise of the Irish Trade Unions’, Saothar 12, Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 1987, pp. 73-74.

‘John Hewitt: A Dissenting Voice (Culture and the Working Class), unpublished paper delivered to the Irish Labour History Society Annual Conference, Jesuit Community, Milltown Park, Dublin, Sunday 8 November, 1987.

‘No Temporising with the foe literary materials relating to the Siege of Derry’,

The Linenhall Review , Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1988, pp. 4-9.

‘On Writing and Publishing in Northern Ireland ‘, Ask Anne , Ulster Television, 27 November, 1988.

‘Creativity in the Northern Ireland District’, WEA News , 1988, p. 9.

‘Preparing lonely defences’ (John Hewitt’s socialism), A Fortnight Supplement, July/August, 1989, pp. 3-4.

With others, Introduction to Lost Horizons, New Horizons, Community Development in Northern Ireland , WEA/Community Development Review Group, 1989.

‘The Construction of Heroes’, on Desmond Egan, Aidan Murphy, Dermot Bolger and Sebastian Barry, Honest Ulsterman , No. 90, pp. 90-91.

‘An experiment in Cultural Development’, Causeway Cultural Traditons Journal, Autumn, 1994, pp. 31-34.

‘Adventures in Developing a Civic Culture’, Honest Ulsterman , Number 99, Spring 1995, pp. 6-11.

‘Once I was a Washing Machine; The Working Class Experience in Poetry and Prose’, WEA News ,

‘The World from Ulster ‘ on Dugdale and Waterman; Honest Ulsterman ,; Number 93; ……., pp 79-80.

‘Desperate Realities’ (on Higgins and Dorgan); Honest Ulsterman, Number 93, pp. 81-82.

‘Hors de commerce’, the second John Hewitt Summer School, Books Ireland , Number 136, November, 1989 p.

‘Quiet Devotion to an Ideal’ on (Richard Murphy), Honest Ulsterman , No 87, Summer/Autumn 1989, pp. 76-79.

Six articles (John Boyd, Lynn Doyle, St John Ervine, Rutherford Mayne, George Shiels, Sam Thompson);Encyclopaedia of Ireland, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 2001.

‘Within and Without the Magic Circle : The Literary Heritages of Derry City ‘, The Glow Upon the Fringe ; The Verbal Arts Centre, 1994, pp. 1-29.

Contribution to Roots of English; BBC Radio 4, 30 November, 2000.


‘Carleton’s Return’, with Ian McElhenney as Wm. Carleton (a period drama depicting Wm. Carleton’s return to his native Clogher Valley), produced for the promotional launch of the first Carleton Summer School, Linenhall Library, Belfast, 25 March, 1992.



O’Connor, Fionnuala, Art of cycle maintenance; the other face of Northern Ireland ‘, Irish Times , April 6, 1982.

‘Defining the Inheritance’, Sam Burnside interviewed by Damien Smyth, Linenhall Review , Volume 6, Number 3, Winter 1989, pp. 5-9.

O Muiri, Pol, ‘If the Walls could Talk’, Irish Times , September, 17, 1998, p.

‘Burnside, Sam’, Dictionary of Irish Writers , .p 205



Borderlines: Work of Derry and Donegal Writers’, Derry Journal , Friday 24 June, 1988, p. 21.

Smeaton, Brian; ‘The Grey Eye Worth Seeing’, Derry Journal, 16 April, 1996, p. 20.

Clyde, Tom; ‘The Cathedral’, Books Ireland , November, 1990, p. 198.

‘Walking the Marches ‘; Derry Journal , December, 1990.

Boucher, Joe; ‘Walking the Marches ‘; Fingerpost , Vol. 4, No. 3, 1990.

‘Bennet, Peter; ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Writers’ Group’, WEA News , Vol. 1, No.1, Spring, 1991.

Baker, E; ‘Many and Roses’; Fingerpost; Vol ?? , p. 40

‘Walking the Marches ‘, Books Ireland , Number 159, May 1992, pp. 110-111.

‘Walking the Marches ‘, Poetry Ireland Review , Issue 32, Summer 1991.

‘Walking the Marches ‘, Books Ireland , December 1990, p. 237.

Duhig, Ian; ‘Establishing Rights of Way: Walking the Marches ‘, Honest Ulsterman ,, Number 92, p. 93-95.

Gabhann, R.; ‘The Glow Upon the Fringe’, Derry Journal , 13 December, 1994, p. 12.



BA, University of Ulster , 1973.

M.Phil, The Development of Short-term Response to Poetry in Selected Groups of Children and Adults: a Study in Experimental Aesthetics, with Implications for the Teaching of Poetry’, University of Ulster, 1982.

PhD, University of Ulster, 2005


McCrea Literary Award, October, 1986 (Value £500)

Bass Ireland Arts Award, Nominated Discipline – Literature; December, 1987. (Value £1000)

The Hennessy Award for Literature, November, 1989.

Allingham Award for Poetry, ( )


USA , Charlottesville , Cafe reading, 1994

Australia , Sydney , Writers Centre Reading (with Irish Consulate present), 2006

Belfast , The Queens Festival, Guinness Spot Resistance Caberet, 2005

Coleraine University of Ulster , Riverside Theatre ‘Resistance Caberet, Sat 3 November, 2007


Columba Canticles (2013), words by Sam Burnside with music by Laurence Roman; first performed St Columbs Cathedral, Londonderry, 9th June 2013 and Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast 10th June 2013.  London’s Southbank Sinfonia, Aberdeen University Choir and University of Ulster Choir. Conductor Sean Ryan.