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"]

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

Bryan Cheyette Lecture

I attended an interesting lecture about Jews in Irish Literature, including "metaphorical" Jews, by Bryan Cheyette in Trinity College. I had heard about the talk as he mentioned that he was going to mention Jewtown. Bryan had a theory that my poem "Patched Up" which featured a boy called Sweeney and T.S. Elliot's Jew-hating character, also called Sweeney, were linked. I wish I was clever enough to have thought of this link but I'll take his compliment that it was probably subliminally in my head! [gallery size="medium" ids="2052,2053,2054,2055,2056"]

Mentioned in Time of Israel

There's a short mention of Jewtown in the Time of Israel this week. I was interviewed a few months ago before speaking at the launch of Representations of Jews in Irish Literature. The full article can be read here.

Jewtown amongst 4,000 books

Jewish Book Week started last night and I took the chance to get a snap of my book among the 4,000 other books featured in the festival. I also picked up a copy of the Jewish Book Week brochure and had a peek...

Launch of Representations of Jews in Irish Literature

I had a fantastic evening in Waterford IT where I launched the exhibition of Representations of Jews in Irish Literature, which is touring Ireland and beyond. This was the first time I've done a poetry event without doing a reading, as such. I was asked to give a presentation on how I came to write Jewtown. I spoke about my own Jewish background and how I started writing. I also spoke about my research and how I moved from Jewtown being an historically accurate account to a fictionalised account rooted in Cork City. The exhibition is going to be in Waterford IT for the month of February and is well worth a...

Jewtown available in Dubray Books

I didn't realise that Jewtown was available to buy in the wonderful Dubray Books until I accidentally spotted it there in their Kilkenny branch.

Videos from UCD

I was recently alerted to the fact that there are a number of videos on YouTube from the UCD Poetry Archive Collection and I have 8 videos on their YouTube page. All 8 poems are from Jewtown and you can find them on the Video page of this web site. Below is one example of a poem I read there, The Zoo.  

Review of Jewtown from Israel

Today I received another review of Jewtown, my first from a Jewish reviewer and my first from someone outside of Ireland. Natalie Wood of PerfectlyWritePoetry published her review on the eve of Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year, and I was very pleased with her words. She also published "Tashlich", one of the poems in the collection, which is set around this time of the year. I always find people's favourite poems in the collection interesting and I was surprised that this was Natalie's. Tashlich nearly didn't make the collection. On the 1st edit, it was one place above the cut-off point so I made a few changes to bring it up a bit. On the 2nd and 3rd edit, it still hovered above, what I called, the "relegation zone" and just before the 4th edit, I cut out the bottom half of what was the poem and changed the last line. Natalie also...