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.
Really pleased to have a poem featured in this lovely pamphlet.
I had a fantastic night in The Bloomsbury hotel for the Irish Literary Society event on the representation of Jews in Irish literature. It was great to join Ruth Gilligan and Barry Montgomery again to talk about our respective works. [gallery...
I had a great night at the Spokes Poetry Evening in Waterford City this week. The event is a monthly one where Waterford's poetry enthusiasts take part in a very friendly open mic, all organised by Colette Colfer. Every term, they have a guest poet, and I was lucky enough to be there to read from Jewtown. I had just recovered from a fairly severe throat infection and my voice was just about back in action! I met some fantastic people, including two people who were raised Jewish (we got a photo together, see below) Weirdly, one of them was in school around the same time as me but we had no recollection of each other. We're probably cousins too! Spokes was one of the friendliest poetry evenings I have ever attended and a huge thank you to Colette and everyone for their warmth and hospitality. [gallery ids="2147,2148,2149,2150,2151,2152,2153,2154"]
I'm featured in this special anniversary edition of the Hodges and Figgis anthology with over 200 other writers. I have a poem in there somewhere about Emrys, less than a minute after he was born, called Apgar Score. I'm very grateful to Alan Hayes from Arlen Press who was kind enough to ask me to contribute to the collection. This is the first time I have been asked to do so for any collection so it means a...