Football is not a matter of life and death; it’s much more important than that. If you were to listen to the news yesterday, you could replace the word “football” with “The Leaving Cert,” and no one would have disagreed. The Minister for Education announced another change to, what many take as a sadistic rite […]
Sunday Sessions in Books Upstairs
I was lucky to be asked to read at one of the Books Upstairs events this weekend. Sunday Sessions is an event where 3 writers are asked to perform their work in the café of the shop. On the day Jewtown came out, I read here with Rita Ann Higgins and Michael J Whelan over […]
Culture Night 2019
I had a great time reading at Culture Night in Poetry Ireland’s HQ. I read with Vincent Woods. Kerrie O’Brien was also due to read with us but, alas, she didn’t show. Hopefully she’s ok. I read 5 poems from my new collection, Ah Men! I think they went down ok.
Imagine Arts Festival
I’m very happy to have been selected to read at the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford this year. It’s one of my more “local” festivals. Thanks for Cat Hogan for asking me along. I’ll be reading with my fellow Doire Press poet, Michael Whelan and I’ll finally be meeting Sarah Clancy, who I keep missing.
Poem published in Flare 12
Very happy to have a new poem published in this great “narrowsheet”
First reading of Book 2
Before I get my hands on book 2, Ah, Men! I’ll be reading as part of the Bray Literary Festival. I’ll be reading with some superstars of the literary scene. I can’t wait!
Lithuanian Poetry Festival
Had a very enjoyable evening at the Lithuanian Poetry Ireland | Poezijos Pavasaris Airijoje festival during the week. Great to meet some great Irish and Lithuanian poets.
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Really chuffed to get an honourable mention in this competition. Over 2000 entries and got in the top 10. The poem is Man Talk and will be in my upcoming book later this year.
This very fine magazine cane in the post today. Great to see so many familiar faces in it. I have a review in it where I checked out books by John O’Donnell, Geraldine Mitchell and Noel Monahan. It’s the first book review I’ve done since school.
Allingham Festival Poetry Competition
Happy to have come second place in the annual Allingham Poetry Festival. I’ve entered this a few times and never got anywhere! Delighted also that it was one of my new poems that was successful.