I am delighted to say that I was selected to do a fiction workshop with the novelist and poet Brian Kirk. This is organised through South Dublin Library Services. I wish to thank South Dublin Library services for this opportunity.
A poem of mine called The Singing Hollow will be published in Crannóg, which is a journal based in Galway, Ireland. Here is the poem.
The Singing Hollow
Deep in the bowels of Dublin, there is St. Audoen’s Park. In the middle is a singing hollow, a slab of rock upright, grey, with a hole carved into it. You are invited to place your head inside, clear your throat, purse your lips and hum.
Vibrate until all your organs are in tune and the pulse matches the stone. Waves spread out and meet the road, blackbirds, apartments, all vibrate in concert, beyond what the ears and eyes can tell but the heart knows.
A poem of mine called Silent House was long listed in the Over the Edge New Writer’s Competition 2019. It did not make the shortlist or the prize. I am delighted that it made the long list. You can check out all the writers who made the long list here. https://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com/2019/08/
For the last three days between Santiago and Cee I have walked at a furious pace trying to outrun my thoughts. Now I am on the cliff top gazing at the sea.
I abandoned my fellow pilgrims as I felt uneasy with a disparate group from Italy, Germany, England, Brazil and America. I felt that they found me unacceptable, a contract written in white ink, its terms clear but silent.
They booked an apartment for themselves and I was given the couch to sleep on. I snook off without a word and found my own bed to say in. I have tried to forgive myself to no avail. Their faces haunt me.
Walking along the cliff edge I realise I have always been on the edge of friends, family, neighbours and work, and I exclude myself.
The sea is a sheet of the clearest blue, the wind brushes a ripple over the surface.
The Market Lane Writers’ Group is launching an anthology on Friday 13th September 2019 in Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland at 7:30 pm. I had the pleasure of addressing the group and giving them a reading from my first collection Thames Way. Two poems of mine will appear in the anthology. The launch will be in the old Ulster Bank branch, which is now an art gallery.