Franco Irish Literary Festival



I’m looking forward to reading at this year’s Franco-Irish Literary Festival next Friday the 4th April at 6pm in Dublin Castle. Admission to all events is free, so do take a look at the programme. It’s so unusual to find free readings at festivals these days. There’ll be talks and readings by some very exciting Irish and French writers, including Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Deirdre Madden, Eimear McBride and John Montague among others.

The programme is available here. Hopefully see some of you there:



Readings x 3

A quick update on some readings I have coming up in the next few weeks. If you’re around Dublin or Cork in the next while and are intrigued to know what exactly it is that I do, please drop by:

Saturday 16th March @ 5pm – Andrews Street Tourist Office, Dublin


Dedalus Press have organised a pop-up bookshop in the Andrews Street Tourist Office to celebrate the launch of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, this year’s One City One Book choice. A number of poets including myself will be giving readings from the book on the hour, so it’s worth dropping by on Saturday and Sunday if you’re around town to see who’s about and pick up a copy. If you can’t make it, the book’s available here too:

Monday the 24th March – Ó Bhéal, Cork


I’ll be heading to Cork to read at Ó Bhéal for the first time at the end of the month. Delighted to have an excuse to go to Cork and visit this excellent well-established poetry night, now in its seventh year. I’ll be reading a selection of poems from my collection in the works. Corkonians (Corkers?), come and say hello!


Friday 4th April – Franco Irish Literary Festival


As last year’s Hennessy Award Winner, I’ll be giving a short reading on the first night of the festival, introduced by Theo Dorgan (Come to see Theo Dorgan, stay for Jess!) The reading is free and as with Ó Bhéal I will be putting poems from the first collection in progress through the wringer.