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’ll be reading at the launch of this year’s One City One Book If Ever You Go this Wednesday evening at the GPO.
I’ve a couple of poems in the book alongside Dublin-themed work by Swift, Yeats, Joyce, Clarke, Kavanagh, Kinsella, Heaney, Boland, Bolger and Meehan, as well as a host of others including Leland Bardwell, Derek Mahon, Michael Hartnett, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Patrick Deeley, Macdara Woods, Enda Wyley and Ailbhe Darcy. A list that defines the meaning of ‘great company’. If I’ve missed anyone, apologies – I haven’t seen the contents page yet!
The book’s already had a great review from the Dublin Review of Books, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to a copy:
“If Ever You Go is one of the best publishing ideas in decades and a particular delight for those whose souls, for better or worse, are rooted in the city and its past.” — Dublin Review of Books
I got my invitation to the launch at the GPO last week and was encouraged to RSVP as security’s very tight – if I recall correctly, the last time they let a bunch of idealists and creative types into the building in springtime it burned to the ground…
The book’s available to pre-order here: