Writing CV

Summary

My first collection of haiku and tanka poetry Thames Way was published in 2015 by Alba Publishing (www.albapublishing.com). My second collection of haiku A Thousand Sparks was published in 2018 also by Alba Publishing. Poems have been published in leading literary journals. I have finished my first collection of regular poetry called Driftwood.

Poetry

  • I have completed a manuscript of my first collection called Driftwood, which is a collection of 48 poems in total
  • I have had 35 poems published or accepted for publication in leading literary journals such as The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, and The Blue Nib (see List of Publications for full details)
  • I walked the Camino in Spain in 2016. I wrote a chapbook manuscript of poems called Camino Cantos. This forms part of the Driftwood collection. Camino Cantos has been accepted for publication by Lapwing Press.

Haiku Collections

  • My first collection of haiku and tanka poems Thames Way was published in 2015 by Alba Publishing. Thames Way reflects my journey along the Thames River
  • My second collection of haiku A Thousand Sparks was published in 2018 by Alba Publishing. All the haiku from A Thousand Sparks have been published in literary journals and websites (see List of Publications for full details)

Short Stories

  • A short story Bus to Bordeaux was published in the anthology Selfies and Portraits: Snapshots from the Library After Dark Writers’ Café published by South Dublin County Council in 2016
  • A short story Meeting Luis was published in Mustang Bally anthology from the Ballyfermot Writers’ Group in 2019

Haibun

  • I have started to write haibun. Haibun is a combination of prose writing and haiku poetry. Most haibun is similar to flash fiction and tends to be about travel or memory
  • I am a member of Pepperpot, a haibun writers group that meets once every two months

Novels

  • I have written my first novel called An Affinity For Metal
  • An Affinity For Metal is about the life of Darragh Hayes who has a special ability to bend, melt, attract and repel metal. He was born with this ability. He goes to great lengths to hide this ability. The story is about Darragh coming to terms with his ability and his romantic relationships with other men
  • I wrote the start of another novel called The River Takes It. It is about a teacher who daughter gets killed in tragic circumstances. The main character writes about what happened to his daughter and what he feels about what happened

Residencies

  • Yeats Summer School: I attended this lecture residency in Sligo in 2018
  • Nano Nagle Centre: I completed a residency in February 2018. There I completed the final version of my second haiku collection A Thousand Sparks
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre: I completed two successful residencies in 2014 and 2017
  • Dingle Autumn Writing: I stayed for a weekend in 1998 and 1999

Awards

  • Eight poems from Camino Cantos were shortlisted in the Blue Nib Poetry Chapbook Contest V in 2019
  • Eight poems from Camino Cantos were shortlisted as Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Poetry Chapbook Contest IV in 2018
  • My poem Driftwood was shortlisted in the Bray Literary Festival Poetry Award 2018
  • I won a scholarship to attend the Yeats Summer School 2018 through the Irish Writers Centre
  • The poem In the Bath won 2nd place in the Ballyroan Library Poetry Competition 2018 and the poem Pass was highly commended in the same competition 
  • I was awarded the Individual Artist Bursary from South Dublin County Council in April 2018
  • ‘trees, more trees’ was a runner-up haiku for the British Haiku Society Museum of Literature Award in February 2017
  • The haiku ‘leaves of the ash’ was the editors choice for the Cattails haiku online journal in September 2016

Workshops and Courses

  • I gave a workshop to the Market Lane Poetry Writers Group, Fermoy, Co. Cork in March 2018
  • I had a one to one manuscript make over session with James Harpur as part of the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in February 2018
  • I gave a 2-hour workshop on introducing haiku as part of the Red Line Festival in October 2016
  • I completed a Teach Creative Writing Course with Dave Lordan at the IWC in 2015
  • I had a manuscript makeover session with Mark Grainer at the Irish Writers’ Centre in 2015
  • I attended a one day creative writing workshop lead by Eduardo C. Corral as part of the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in 2013
  • I attended a one day creative writing workshop lead by Vona Groarke as part of the Poetry NOW festival in 2010
  • I attended a one day creative writing workshop lead by Eamonn Grennan as part of the Poetry NOW festival in 2003
  • I attended a one day creative writing workshop lead by August Kleinzahler as part of the Poetry NOW festival in 2002

Reviews

  • A full length review of A Thousand Sparks appeared in Frogpond in 2018
  • A short review of A Thousand Sparks appeared in Blithe Spirit and it was briefly noted in Modern Haiku all in 2018
  • A review of Thames Way appeared in Blithe Spirit in 2016 and in Kokako in 2017
  • Thames Way appeared in First Flush in Book Ireland Magazine in 2016

Writing Groups, Centres and Open-mics 

  • I am a member of the British Haiku Society, and the Irish Haiku Society, Hailstone’s Haiku Circle, the Parnell Square Writer’s Group, and the Ballyfermot Writer’s Group
  • I am a host and organiser the Dolcáin’s Cellar Open-Mic in Clondalkin, Dublin on the last Thursday of every month with three other people
  • Dolcáin’s Cellar won the Arts Project Award in 2019 from South Dublin County Council

Readings

  • I read as a special feature at the Dolcáin’s Cellar Open Mic in December 2018
  • I read the two winning poems at the Ballyroan Library in April 2018
  • I emceed the Library After Dark Writer’s Café readings at Clondakin Library in December 2017
  • I was the guest poet for the Ó Bhéal Open Mic reading series on in May 2017
  • I have read as part of Experience Japan Festival 2014 – 2017
  • I have read as part of the Red Line Festival 2016 in Tallaght, Dublin
  • I have read at open-mic readings at Dolcáin’s Cellar, Flying South, Sunflower Sessions, Ó Bhéal, Merg Sessions, Accents Café and Takin the Mic from 2015 to date

Media

  • An article appeared in the Avondhu, the local newspaper for north Co. Cork, about the launch of A Thousand Sparks in December 2018
  • I appeared on the radio programme Reason and Rhyme hosted by Helen Dwyer on South Dublin Community Radio 93.9FM (www.dublinsouthfm.ie) The show was aired on Friday 14th December 2018 
  • A newspaper article appeared in The Avondhu on the talk and workshop I gave to the Market Lane Poetry group in April 2018
  • Thames Way was made into a poetry film. This was shown as part of the 4th Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition in October 2016 (https://vimeo.com/178724730) 
  • A haiku ‘open field’ appeared on a special haiku programme on NHK Japan in 2016
  • A newspaper article appeared in The Avondhu on the launch of Thames Way in 2015