I am a poetry and prose writer. I write poetry, haiku, haibun, short stories as well as novels. Two haiku collections have been published by Alba Publishing (www.albapublising.com). Thames Way appeared in 2015 and A Thousand Sparks in 2018. Poems have appeared in The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Boyne Berries, The Blue Nib, Flare, Impossible Archetype, and Crannóg. A poem of mine won 2nd place in the Ballyroan Library Competition 2018 and again in 2020. I won the Individual Artist Bursary from South Dublin County Council 2018. I won a scholarship to attend the Yeats Summer School 2018 in Sligo. Sixteen poems of mine were Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Contests IV and V in 2019. A poem was shortlisted in the Bray Literary Festival in 2018. A poem was long-listed in Over The Edge Poetry Competition 2019. A haibun received an honourable mention in the Genjuan Haibun Competition 2021. The Singing Hollow, my first collection of poems, has been accepted for publication by Alba Publishing.
The summer comes to a clanging close. Gas rises up within me and my internal pipes bang. I imagine the faces of the children I have yet to get to know. They scare the inside of my head. My stomach just isn’t even there and fear gnaws at me.
I lie on my bed and the damn clock snicks time away closer to the first day. Do the other children lie on their beds wondering what kind of teacher they are getting? Will he be kind to them if they forget? WIll they be kept in detention often?
The statue of the Budda sits in the corner. I know what he would say, ‘Just say yes to all of this.’ I want the darkness to douse the coming day and make my tormets vanish into soft daydreams.
Chatting to teachers in the staffroom makes it worse. The school principal is breezily indifferent. Children play hopscotch on the yard. My stomach drums, drums in the deep. I cannot get out. A shadow passes over me. The bell goes. They are coming.
Both the Ballymun Writer’s Group and the Ballyfermot Writer’s Group are publishing an anthology called Mustang Bally. It will be launched on the 22nd May 2019. Five poems of mine and a short story will appear in it. More details to follow closer to the date.
A poem of mine Lady of the Lake was published in Boyne Berries 25 at in March 2019. It was launched in Trim, Co. Meath as part of the Trim Poetry Festival. It was great to be able to read the poem and meet fellow poets. See the link for more details and images.
Eight Poems Shortlisted in the Blue Nib Chapbook Contest
Eight poems of mine where shortlisted as Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Poetry Contest IV 2018. Helen Mort, the poet, was the judging poet. I found out a few weeks ago. I am delighted. There were many submissions so to get Highly Commended is a great accolade. Thanks to the Blue Nib. Please click on the link to read more. https://thebluenib.com/announcing-the-winners-of-chapbook-contest-five