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...
I was very happy to see that 8 of my poems were a runner-up in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition. The 8 poems are all about my son, Emrys, most of which had their foundation in the small hours of the morning as he settled down after a feed. I left them alone for a couple of years and came back to them to scrape off any sentimentality and eye gunk from them. I also learned that the technical word for eye gunk is gound so I must try to make a poem from that! You can read all the poems here.
I was delighted to be one of the winning entries to the Troubadour Poetry Prize this year. I won a 2-year subscription to the Manhattan Review so I am looking forward to that. The poem I entered is a relatively new one, Man Talk. I have only recently changed the title and this was the first competition I entered with the new name. Before that, the poem has gotten nowhere. It's interesting to see how the title of a poem can be so important. The poem is one of a series that I'm working on where I'm playing around with trying to understand the psyche of 21st century males. This is the first one that has been accepted for publication. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to the ceremony due to work so I don't feature in the photo above. Congratulations to the other prizewinners!