I will be reading at the Cork Poetry Festival on Saturday 21st May as part of a Green Carnations anthology event. Green Carnations is an LGBT poetry anthology and I will be reading with others. For booking and more details please click on the following link. See you there. https://corkpoetryfest.net/saturday.html
Here’s a video recording of a poem that won 3rd place in the Ballyroan Library Poetry Competition in 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBNLotwSzYI
A video of the launch of The Singing Hollow on 23rd November 2021. Enjoy!
Here’s the link to the launch of the Singing Hollow on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/650023171
Due to the rise in Covid numbers, I am putting the launch of The Singing Hollow online. Please register via Eventbrite and I will email you the Zoom link closer to the date, Tuesday, November 2021 23rd from 7 – 8 pm. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-singing-hollow-book-launch-tickets-189259188327?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
I am delighted to announce that I will be hosting a book launch of The Singing Hollow on November 23rd 2021 from 7 – 9 pm online. Please come along. To sign up please use Eventbrite by clicking on the following link
Delighted to announce that I have been awarded a Words Ireland mentorship. Found out a few days ago. I will be able to work with a poetry mentor to help me work on my next poetry project.
Delighted to say the copies of my collection of poems The Singing Hollow have arrived. It’s lovely to see them out of a box.
In further news I got permission from the Paul Henry estate to use the photo of The Only Tree in the Burren. Whyte’s Auctioneers kindly gave the photo for free to use. Thanks to them. Anne Tannam and Catherine Ann Cullen kindly did the blurbs on the back. Thanks to them also. I am currently working on the final proofs of the manuscript and checking for errors and punctuation issues. I hope to have a face to face book launch sometime in late November or early December 2021.
A poem of mine Bottle Bank Therapy was published in the Waxed Lemon. I am delighted with that and look forward to reading the journal.
Bottle Bank Therapy
On the first day of ease from the lockdown,
I bring a box full of bottles, green, brown, clear
and blue. They shine in the sun. Glass shards litter the ground.
I pick my way carefully to the bank and select a bottle.
The neck is smooth. I lob it down the hole,
listen to the cacophony of the breaking,
a joyous crashing sound, the way the glass clinks
through glass, makes the sound of rain. It is heaven
to me as I let go and keep letting go and think how will
we gather our smashed selves into a new whole.