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...

The North

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.

In an Index

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"]

Published: Algebra of Owls

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.

The Tricky Second Collection

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.

Carlow Arts Festival

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.

On the telly

I was on RTE 1 this evening as part of a programme called "Back to the Future: An Irish Passover." I read 2 poems from Jewtown and get to show a little bit of my school, where I work. I also chat a little bit about the history of the Cork Jewish Community. Watch it here