Double Shot Autumn Series

Excited to be kicking off the next round of DOUBLE SHOT at Books Upstairs this Wednesday 16th, in association with Cork’s long running Ó Bhéal series. Doors are 18.30 and tickets (+ a free glass of wine) are €6 from Eventbrite, or can be bought on the door.

All income from ticket sales goes towards funding future events. Please come along and support this event – we’d love to keep it running for as long as we can, and give as many poets as possible a chance to read in this great venue.

Liffey Swim Illuminated

Here are a few pictures from my collaboration with typographer Jamie Murphy of Salvage Press and artist James Earley to produce an illuminated version of my poem Liffey Swim. You can see a slightly different version of the series in the No. 9 bar in the Workman’s Club.

A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit James and Jamie at the printing room in NCAD to see behind the scenes, and also to sign some proofs. Typesetting is a fascinating and very difficult artform and I was intrigued to see that the tools and materials that they work with have changed very little over the past few hundred years. One of the more humbling aspects of the whole project was being told that the paper for the project was one of the last shipments from an Italian papermaking company that had just closed after being in business for 500 years.

I was also really impressed with James’s artwork, which manages to be both sinuous and choppy, organic and fragmented – you’ll have seen his stuff opposite the Project Arts Centre, at the George Bernard Shaw and on Blooms Hotel. Keep an eye out for their work at The Salvage Press and Inputout.

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Prague City of Literature Poster

I’m delighted to see that my micropoem that was first projected as part of the Krakow City of Literature project last year has found a second life as part of the Prague City of Literature poster series. Here’s my poem, alongside the Edinburgh contribution by Christine De Luca (or Chsitine de Lucaová as it’s printed in Czech. Oh look, I’m Jessica Traynorová! Official name change in order). Thanks to Jane Alger and all at Unesco Dublin for the invitation to be involved.


I’ve just found out I’ve a poem in Niall MacMonagle’s Anthology of Irish Poems since 1916, Windharp. A nice surprise – and the launch is tomorrow in the National Library at 6pm. It looks like there are some great poets in the line up, and I’ll be curious, as always with these kinds of anthologies, to see the version of poetic Ireland that’s reflected. Niall’s thoughts on the challenges of the anthology project are here.

A nice cover too: