Word of Mouth was a women's poetry collective based in Northern Ireland from 1991-2016. The Collective was founded by writer Ruth Carr, with encouragement from poet Ann Zell, and developed a rich relationship with the Linen Hall Library, where they held their monthly meetings. In 1996, Word of Mouth Poetry Collective published a major anthology through Blackstaff Press. The collection, titled, Word of Mouth, featured many poets from the group, including: Margaret Curran, Elaine Gaston, Pia Gore, Ruth Carr, Ann McKay, Eilish Martin, Joan Newmann, Kate Newmann, Gráinne Tobin, Mary Twomey, Sally Wheeler and Ann Zell. A partnership with women poets from St Petersburg resulted in publication of When the Neva Runs Backwards and a translation of the anthology into the Russian language.
This collection contains photographs of the group, cards and letters, festival literature, and administrative documents.