Review of Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong on RTÉ’s Arena

I had the pleasure of reviewing Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds for Arena last week. I’d originally read the book on my Kindle last year, so it was nice to pick up a hard copy and revisit it.

I dislike having to read poetry on my Kindle, as it just doesn’t seem to make the same impression on me without my being able to see the shape of it across a number of pages. However, it is a great way of getting books that haven’t yet been picked up by UK or Irish publishers, especially if you’re in a hurry – and there was such a buzz about this debut last year that I didn’t want to wait. It’s certainly a collection that benefits from a few readings. Have a listen to my longer-form thoughts here.


The Right to have Rights – Reading at the Field Day lecture series

Tomorrow evening I’ll be reading some poems at this Field Day lecture in University Church on Stephen’s Green. The theme of the evening is ‘The Right to have Rights’ and Seamus Deane will be delivering the keynote lecture, reflecting on Hannah Arendt’s work. There will also be music, and poetry from poets who have experienced direct provision. Admission is free and all are welcome.