If ever You Go: A Northside Dublin Perspective

Here’s some info on a great initiative by Near FM to have a number of poets discuss their poems in If Ever You Go – specially focusing on the north side poems in the book. I was delighted to go out to Near FM to talk to them late last year.

Nearfm launch brand new poetry radio series Northside Dublin radio station reinterpret Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2014 

‘I have long admired NEAR FM’s commitment to its community of listeners, and in particular its longstanding practice of turning listeners into broadcasters — our own stories, told by ourselves to ourselves, with a welcome for anyone happening to listen in. Paddy Kavanagh would have approved, there was a man who knew that all universal truths have their roots in a particular place at a particular time.’ – Theo Dorgan

Nearfm have produced a ten part radio series reinterpreting the Dublin: One City One Book ‘If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song’ edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth. This series takes a unique look at the book from a northside Dublin perspective by focusing on the poems, poets and songs associated with Northside Dublin.

The series features many well known poets reciting and being interviewed about the poems they have featured in the book including Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan and Dermot Bolger as well as up and coming poets such as Colm Keegan, Jessica Traynor and Alan Jude Moore .

Contributions also come from Poetry Ireland, Dedalus Press, Dublin City of Literature, Trinity College Dublin and St David’s Boys National School in north Dublin. There are also well known ballads performed by Gerry Cooley, Vincent Smith and Stephen Heffernan.

The series will be broadcast on Nearfm over 5 weeks in March, with two episodes a week broadcasting back to back on Mondays from 6-7pm from Monday March 2nd – Monday March 30th 2015.

This series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision Scheme.

You can listen to the podcasts of the first two episodes here

The Bee-Loud Glade

Just a quick post to say that Summerhill Moon, one of my poems from If Ever You Go will be featured as part of the Bee-Loud Glade’s slot on Arena this Friday night on RTE Radio from 7. Have a listen, I’m really interested to see what they’ll do with it and the other poems they’ve chosen.

Here’s a link to their Facebook page to give you an idea of the kind of things they get up to:



Reading on Imeall

Take a look at last night’s Imeall to see readings from If Ever You Go, this year’s One City One Book. The first ten minutes features readings from Peter Sirr, Biddy Jenkinson and yours truly. It’s a lovely segment and well worth a watch. I have just now recovered from the experience of seeing my own face in wide screen close up. You can see a bit of a half-grin on my face at one point – we filmed on the board walk and there was a guy behind the camera man at that point doing his best to distract me. We also got into a bit of a turf war with another film crew just after that. I think the final edit manages to capture some of that drama:)



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.


If Ever You Go: One City One Book 2014

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: