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.
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...
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.
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.
I'm delighted to have a tiny piece in this set of essays - Irish Questions and Jewish Questions. Two of my poems from Jewtown are mentioned in the book. [gallery size="medium" ids="2205,2206,2207"]
It's been a very quiet year for me in terms of getting poems published; rejection after rejection after rejection. Therefore I was relieved to finally get something published after almost 6 months in the popular web-based journal Algebra of Owls. The poem, Apple, is not a particularly new one but I never managed to get it placed anywhere. Thanks to the editors for giving it a home.
Some exciting news - at least for me - Doire Press will publish my second collection in late 2019! Jewtown will have a new sibling, which has been brewing for the last few years and is nearly ready to unleash. My aim is to make the poems I've written a lot better, yank out the clichés and sentimentality, and unmix my metaphors. I also have to get better at talking about it without sounding silly.
I had a nice time reading some new work at the Carlow Arts Festival in their big tent. I read with the rest of the Carlow Writers' Group with Jane Clarke, Grace Wells, Mark Roper and Maurice Davitt.