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.
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:
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.