Franco Irish Literary Festival



I’m looking forward to reading at this year’s Franco-Irish Literary Festival next Friday the 4th April at 6pm in Dublin Castle. Admission to all events is free, so do take a look at the programme. It’s so unusual to find free readings at festivals these days. There’ll be talks and readings by some very exciting Irish and French writers, including Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Deirdre Madden, Eimear McBride and John Montague among others.

The programme is available here. Hopefully see some of you there:


Reading on Imeall

Take a look at last night’s Imeall to see readings from If Ever You Go, this year’s One City One Book. The first ten minutes features readings from Peter Sirr, Biddy Jenkinson and yours truly. It’s a lovely segment and well worth a watch. I have just now recovered from the experience of seeing my own face in wide screen close up. You can see a bit of a half-grin on my face at one point – we filmed on the board walk and there was a guy behind the camera man at that point doing his best to distract me. We also got into a bit of a turf war with another film crew just after that. I think the final edit manages to capture some of that drama:)


Readings x 3

A quick update on some readings I have coming up in the next few weeks. If you’re around Dublin or Cork in the next while and are intrigued to know what exactly it is that I do, please drop by:

Saturday 16th March @ 5pm – Andrews Street Tourist Office, Dublin


Dedalus Press have organised a pop-up bookshop in the Andrews Street Tourist Office to celebrate the launch of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, this year’s One City One Book choice. A number of poets including myself will be giving readings from the book on the hour, so it’s worth dropping by on Saturday and Sunday if you’re around town to see who’s about and pick up a copy. If you can’t make it, the book’s available here too:

Monday the 24th March – Ó Bhéal, Cork


I’ll be heading to Cork to read at Ó Bhéal for the first time at the end of the month. Delighted to have an excuse to go to Cork and visit this excellent well-established poetry night, now in its seventh year. I’ll be reading a selection of poems from my collection in the works. Corkonians (Corkers?), come and say hello!


Friday 4th April – Franco Irish Literary Festival


As last year’s Hennessy Award Winner, I’ll be giving a short reading on the first night of the festival, introduced by Theo Dorgan (Come to see Theo Dorgan, stay for Jess!) The reading is free and as with Ó Bhéal I will be putting poems from the first collection in progress through the wringer.

If Ever You Go: One City One Book 2014

I’ll be reading at the launch of this year’s One City One Book If Ever You Go this Wednesday evening at the GPO.

I’ve a couple of poems in the book alongside Dublin-themed work by Swift, Yeats, Joyce, Clarke, Kavanagh, Kinsella, Heaney, Boland, Bolger and Meehan, as well as a host of others including Leland Bardwell, Derek Mahon, Michael Hartnett, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Patrick Deeley, Macdara Woods, Enda Wyley and Ailbhe Darcy. A list that defines the meaning of ‘great company’. If I’ve missed anyone, apologies –  I haven’t seen the contents page yet!

The book’s already had a great review from the Dublin Review of Books, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to a copy:

“If Ever You Go is one of the best publishing ideas in decades and a particular delight for those whose souls, for better or worse, are rooted in the city and its past.” — Dublin Review of Books

I got my invitation to the launch at the GPO last week and was encouraged to RSVP as security’s very tight – if I recall correctly, the last time they let a bunch of idealists and creative types into the building in springtime it burned to the ground…

The book’s available to pre-order here: