Poetry Review – The Architect’s Dream of Winter by Billy Ramsell

I have a review of Billy Ramsell’s recent collection The Architect’s Dream of Winter in issue 2 of Colony. This is an excellent collection, a must-have for anyone with an interest in contemporary Irish poetry – or just good poetry in general. Take a look at the review, then stick around the Colony website for some excellent poetry, fiction, translation and art. It’s a really comprehensive and beautifully curated journal – perfect to get lost in on a Saturday afternoon. 

http://www.colony.ie/#!architectsdream/c98

 

 

Big News Day: Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014/ New Book

I’ve just found out that I’m the 2014 recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, which is a shock, but the best kind of shock.

I’m Harry Clifton’s final nominee for the award before his tenure as Ireland Professor or Poetry ends.  I’ve enjoyed his lectures every year which have been a real education in international poetry, providing  fascinating external insights (if that’s not an oxymoron) on the Irish poetry scene. However, it’s fantastic news that the wonderful Paula Meehan has been appointed  and I’m really looking forward to hearing her Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees lecture when it comes to Dublin next year.

The next thing to mention is the sense of trepidation at following in the footsteps of such talented previous recipients: Billy Ramsell, Dave Lordan, Leanne O’Sullivan and Miriam Gamble, to name but a few. 

I’ve also been keeping quiet about my debut collection Liffey Swim, which is forthcoming from Dedalus Press in next autumn, but now seems a good moment to mention it; the four weeks in Annaghmakerrig that are part of the bursary will be much appreciated as I attempt to knock it into shape. 

http://irelandchairofpoetry.org/events.php