Liffey Swim Launch and Reading for National Poetry Day

Jessica Traynor, poet

I launched my debut collection Liffey Swim last Thursday evening in the great company of Enda Wyley and Patrick Kehoe. What to say except that it was a fantastic night, and I was really touched to have so many good friends come by to say hello and pick up a copy of the book.

It’s out there in the world now, so I’m excited about the notion of it reaching a wider audience. If you’d like to hear more about the process that went into putting it together, you can have a listen to my interview on Arena from last week:

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/arena/programmes/2014/0924/647820-arena-wednesday-24-september-2014/

I’ll also be reading at the Irish Writers Centre for National Poetry Day this Thursday evening 2nd October, along with Deirdre Cartmill, Alan Jude Moore, Maria McManus, Gerard Smyth,  and Michael O’Loughlin. I’ll have a few copies of the book with me if anyone would like to pick one up; otherwise it’s available in bookshops and from Dedalus Press at the below link:

http://www.dedaluspress.com/p/liffey_swim 

Here are some nice things that have been said about Liffey Swim:

“Her finely lyrical work is informed by wide travel, a meditative intelligence and an acute sense of history, in which Dublin and its three rivers become a living metaphor for the truths and felicities of one woman’s life.” —Harry Clifton

If anyone would like to review a copy of the book, please drop me a line.

Poems Featured on Poethead

I’ve a number of poems from Liffey Swim featured on Christine Murray’s  Poethead blog today, and I’m delighted to also be featured on her index of Irish women poets. You could get happily lost in both, so do have a look around if you have a free moment.

Here’s the link to Poethead, which regularly features great contemporary poetry:

And here’s the link to the index of Irish women poets, an excellent online resource:

http://poethead.wordpress.com/index-of-women-poets/

Ted Hughes Review on Arena

Very belatedly, here’s a link to my review of A Ted Hughes Bestiary selected by Alice Oswald and published by Faber on RTE’s Arena. One of the reasons for my delay in putting this up was that reading this poems again, after about a fifteen year gap, sparked a lot of memories of my teenage years…some blog noodling about the review turned into a big chunk of memoir too formless and sketchy to be shared any time soon, but that might turn into something interesting in time…

So cutting to the chase, here’s the review. Have a listen:

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/arena/programmes/2014/0819/638164-arena-tuesday-19-august-2014/