Reading on Arena on New Year’s Eve

Here’s a link to my reading on Arena on New Year’s Eve with Dave Lordan,  Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Dave Rudden, Rob Doyle,  Paul Timoney, Kathy D’Arcy and Temper Mental MissElayneous – most of us reading our writing from the New Planet Cabaret Anthology. There may have been more readers but I was too busy concentrating on not sneezing/ falling over/ accidentally swallowing the microphone to notice (all common first-time-on-radio anxieties apparently). I’m on in the last five minutes but why not listen to the whole thing to hear some exciting new voices from the Irish writing scene.

And afterwards, why not buy the book?  It’s available from New Island Press and all proceeds go to the Writers in Schools scheme. Available here:


Weary Blues for a weary December

I’ve a short sequence in the latest issue of the Weary Blues. I can confirm it’s not Christmas related and contains no wide-eyed hope for the possibilities of a new year. Take a look. There’s also some great work from poets Kerrie O’Brien, Michael Ray, Breda Wall Ryan among others.

I’ll also be on Arena tomorrow night reading work from New Planet Cabaret with Dave Lordan, Nuala Ni Chonchuir and Rob Doyle and others. Show starts at 7, have a listen while you’re draping yourself in gladrags and spangles.




New Planet Cabaret Launch

Tonight, New Island Press are launching New Planet Cabaret, an anthology of new work from emerging and established Irish writers, featuring poets, prose writers, rappers, performance poets and various other madmen/women.

Proceeds from the book go towards the Writers in Schools programme, so it’s not just an excuse to have fun, but a good cause too. The book has been edited by performance poet Dave Lordan, who has scoured the literary mindfield looking for the most exciting new work out there. Part of the process included a live creative writing course broadcast each week on Arena, RTE radio’s arts programme. This is where my poem was featured and I’m happy to say it’s made it into the anthology too.

The launch will be held in the Gutter bookshop, Dublin’s newest and most lively independent bookshop. From there, who knows?