Spring/Summer 2023

Amanda is focusing on her historical novel and an exciting poetry collaboration.

On 6 April she was part of a panel discussing freelance editing for the Society of Young Publishers.

In March a panel of her haiku was featured at an exhibition in Heerenveen in the Netherlands.

Autumn/Winter 2022/23

In January Amanda was a guest reader at a hybrid new year’s event organised by the Cercle Littéraire Irlandais. She had two haiku selected for the Museum of Haiku in Blithe Spirit, and her haibun ‘Visible Mending’ will be featured on the ‘Threads’ episode of Keywords, which is broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on Sunday evenings at 7pm.

This October Amanda was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland, to work on an historical novel.

Amanda has panels of haiku in two exhibitions in Delft (The Netherlands), opening on 3 September in the Vermeer Centrum and the Oude Kerk.

She appeared at Holocaust Awareness Ireland’s event in Dublin Castle on 28th September, reading ‘Visible Mending’ a commissioned response to ‘The Objects of Love’ exhibition. She also took part in a panel discussion chaired by Roddy Doyle. She gave a poetry reading at Bray Literary Festival on 30th September.

Spring/Summer 2022

Amanda has been commissioned by Holocaust Awareness Ireland to write a response to ‘The Objects of Love’ exhibition. She has a poem (‘Brittle Cinder’) in the all poetry issue of The Stinging Fly, a haibun in the forthcoming Dedalus Anthology of Love Poetry, and a long travel-based haibun forthcoming in Contemporary Haibun Online.

In June, Amanda is travelling to Delft at the invitation of the Prix de Norvège Society to look at the work of Vermeer and write a response to be included in art exhibitions at the Vermeer Centrum and the Oude Kerke.

Amanda’s chapbook of haiku, Revolution, was published by wildflower poetry press on 21 March 2022

Here is Amanda’s q&a with Eleanor Hooker in Books Ireland

Amanda was judging the haibun competition for the British Haiku Society this February; you can read the report here. She will be reading at Cork World Book Festival on 20th April with Nithy Kasa and William Wall (Poet Laureate of Cork), and at Limerick Literary Festival and Cork Harbour Festival, dates tbc. Riptide will be given an in-person launch alongside Nithy Kasa’s debut and David Butler’s Liffey Sequence at Poetry Ireland on 11 May.

Autumn/Winter 2021

Amanda launched Sean O’Connor’s fascinating book Fragmentation on Sunday 13 November. The launch can be viewed online.

Donald Teskey had a new exhibition, Strands, in the beautiful Claremorris Gallery, and Amanda was honoured to open the exhibition and read some poetry on 20 November.

She recorded a podcast for Books for Breakfast with Enda Wyley and Peter Sirr at the end of the November.

Amanda’s new collection Riptide was launched on 29th September by Maurice Devitt. It was a joint launch with David Butler. You can watch the launch here.

Podcaster in Residence at the Royal Irish Academy, Zoe Comyns, commissioned Amanda to write four pieces responding to the life of Cynthia Longfield (aka ‘Madame Dragonfly’), along with a new poem. You can listen to the episode here.

Amanda was interviewed by Meghann Scully of The Limerick Post on 28th September – about Riptide, writing poetry, and exhibitions in The Hunt Museum and Ballinglen Museum. You can watch the interview here.

Amanda will be featured on Books for Breakfast with Enda Wyley and Peter Sirr this November.

Summer 2021

Amanda’s poem ‘Donald Teskey, Ballinglen’ was used as the colophon for a unique boxed set of carborundum prints by Donald Teskey produced by Stoney Road Press, which was presented by the artist to Ballinglen Arts Foundation in August. The poem has also been published by online literary journal The Phare

For Wexford Literary Festival in July, Amanda did a reading from her essay ‘Urban Foraging’ which is published in Empty House: Poetry and Prose on the Climate Crisis, ed. Nessa O’Mahony and Alice Kinsella, Doire Press.

Amanda did a reading at the Kerala Literature Festival online on 28 May. Listen here.

Spring 2021

Amanda has new work in Abridged, cattails, Presence, and Seashores.

Planning has started for Harolds Cross Festival, and Amanda is curating a poetry reading on Saturday 8th May. ‘8 x 5: The Poetry Line’, will be available on the website, and features Catherine Ann Cullen, Maggie O’Dwyer, Gerard Smyth, Enda Wyley, Peter Sirr, Michael O’Loughlin, and Gilles Fabre.

On Poetry Day Ireland, 29 April 2021, Amanda was delighted to participate in the Haibun High Tea – watch it here:

She is also curating a showcase by participants from her writing course, ‘A Sense of Place’, for the festival.

Amanda was delighted to read in Washington DC (via Zoom) at Politics and Prose Bookstore, at the invitation of Nishi Chawla and K. Satchidanandan, to promote the anthology Singing in the Dark: A Global Anthology of Poetry Under Lockdown. Great to read alongside Nishi and Satchi, and also Sudeep Sen, Max Garland, Barbara Oppenheimar, Amir Or, Diane Wilbon Parks, Yiorgos Chouliaras, and Stanley Barkan.

January 2021

Winter 2020

Amanda’s blog entry about editing poetry for the AFEPI

Poems appeared in The Stony Thursday Book and Belfield Review, and haiku in Blithe Spirit and Presence

Autumn 2020

Amanda was awarded a Literature Bursary and Professional Development Award by The Arts Council of Ireland

‘Aubade’, Poem of the Week in The Irish Times, 24 October 2020

Revolution, an illustrated chapbook, is forthcoming from Wildflower Poetry Press, edited by Caroline Skanne

Some poems from First the Feathers are featured in this lovely anthology Singing in the Dark

Amanda’s Garden Lockdown haiku sequence appears in Gratitude in the Time of Covid: A Haiku Hecameron, edited by Scott Mason. Available to buy here.

Amanda’s review of Rita Ann Higgins’s Pathogens Love a Patsy in The Dublin Review of Books

‘The Value of Cut Flowers’ won second prize in Bray Literary Festival’s Poetry Competition

Haiku forthcoming in Blithe Spirit, Presence, and Seashores

July 2020

Amanda is now on the panel of Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme

Review of John McAuliffe’s The Kabul Olympics in The Dublin Review of Books

My review of Ecopiety: Green Media and the dilemma of environmental virtue by Sarah McFarland Taylor in Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism.

Three new poems in The Blue Nib

June 2020

Amanda’s review of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet in the Dublin Review of Books

Amanda is delighted to be involved with the Fighting Words Young Storykeeper project. She has poems forthcoming in The Blue Nib and The Irish Times

May 2020

Amanda’s piece ‘Contactless’ is part of this episode of New Normal Culture’s Keywords: Windows on RTE 1 Extra

I was delighted to curate the Harold’s Cross Festival Online Poetry Reading, featuring Catherine Ann Cullen, Judith Mok, John O’Donnell, Michael O’Loughlin, Peter Sirr, Enda Wyley, and Adam Wyeth

Review of Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist in The Irish Times

Amanda’s poem ‘Crow’ is featured here on the Mary Evans Picture Library ‘Poetry and Pictures’ blog

‘Seawards’, a haibun from Undercurrents, is featured in Stravaig #8, from the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

April 2020

Poems/haibun forthcoming in The Stony Thursday Book, ed. Martin Dyar, and Blithe Spirit, ed. Caroline Skanne. Review of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet forthcoming in DRB

March 2020

Counterpointe 8, a contemporary ballet in Brooklyn NY, based on The Loneliness of the Sasquatch, has been staged by sculptor Mary Schwab and choreographer Julia Gleich in the Mark O’Donnell Theatre

February 2020

Amanda is spending a week in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, this month, redrafting her YA novel and working on some poems for her new collection.

January 2020

Review of Robert Macfarlane’s Underland in the Dublin Review of Books

Words Lightly Spoken: Poetry Ireland Review 129, Winter 2019. Amanda Bell and Eleanor Hooker in conversation with Paul Perry

December 2019

Amanda’s poem ‘Xmas’ is in Poetry Ireland Review 129, launching on 12th December, and being podcast by Poetry Ireland later this month

‘Winter Citrus’ from First the Feathers is featured on RTE’s The Poetry Programme, being broadcast on Christmas Day at 7pm

Amanda’s novel Wolf Mountain is a runner-up for The Irish Writers Centre 2020 Novel Fair

Review of Mary Noonan’s Stone Girl, in the Dublin Review of Books

A short review of Robert Macfarlane’s Ness in The Irish Times

November 2019

The loneliness of the sasquatch
translated into Romanian
by Dr Olimpia Jacob

Review of Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing in the Dublin Review of Books

Amanda will be reading a poem by Dorothy Molloy at the launch of The Poems of Dorothy Molloy (Faber) on 19th November in Poetry Ireland

22 November – reading with Gabriel Rosenstock and Danielle McLoughlin at Ó Bhéal’s Winter Warmer in the Krino, Cork

October 2019

Review of Kathleen Jamie’s Surfacing (Sort of Books, September 2019) is in The Irish Times on Saturday 12th.

Ranelagh Arts Festival – literary discussion panel chaired by Michael O’Loughlin, with Erin Fornoff, Ailbhe Smith, and Oisin Fagan. undefined

Amanda is recording eight poems for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive in UCD.

September 2019

Review of Don’t Touch My Hair on the DRB website. Poems forthcoming in Boyne Berries, Angle 2, Channel, Poetry Ireland Review and Ofi Press.

July 2019

A review of the loneliness of the sasquatch in Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, by Mary Cresswell.

A feature on The Lost Library Book and Marsh’s Library here in Books Ireland.

This month Amanda attended a course on how to lead a workshop for writers, facilitated by Lynn Buckle in The Irish Writers Centre.

Poems forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, Prole, The Ofi Press, and Skylight 47, and a new haibun and a haiku sequence accepted for Blithe Spirit by editor Caroline Skanne. My haibun ‘Outlaws’ is in the current issue of Presence.

A little review in July/August 2019 issue of Books Ireland

June 2019

Here is Amanda reading ‘The Sleepless’ on Lyric FM’s Poetry File on Saturday 1 June.

More excerpts from The loneliness of the sasquatch, translated into Romanian by Dr Olimpia Jacob, and published in Convorbiri Literare.

Two poems from First the Feathers have made their way into fine Australian journals, Backstory and Other Terrain, edited by powerhouse Anne Casey.

Amanda is delighted to have two pieces of work at UCD Festival on 8th June – a haiku from Undercurrents is featured as a rain poem, and ‘Canicule’, from First the Feathers, is on the Poetry Wall in the James Joyce Library.

Review of Rosita Boland’s Elsewhere in the Dublin Review of Books.

May 2019

Review of Rita Ann Higgins’s Our Killer City in the Dublin Review of Books.

Excerpts from the loneliness of the sasquatch available as a podcast from Poetry File on RTE Lyric FM.

Amanda is reading in Strokestown International Poetry Festival on Saturday 4th May at 8pm, with Jane Robinson and Gillian Clarke. Music from Finbar Mcgee and Breige Quinn.

Friday 17th May is the Music and Poetry Salon in Harold’s Cross Festival. Amanda will be doing a bilingual reading with Gabriel Rosenstock. Other readers are Ron Carey, Catherine Ann Cullen and Erin Fornoff. Music from Pearse McGloughlin’s Nocturnes.

Sunday 19th May Amanda is reading some riverine poems at the Dodder Action Group’s Picnic, Dropping Well Park, Dartry at 3 pm, with Catherine Ann Cullen and Jean O’Brien.

Amanda’s review of Markievicz: Prison Letters and Rebel Writings is in the May/June issue of Books Ireland.

April 2019

Amanda will be reading haiku at Experience Japan in Farmleigh on Sunday 7th. The Haibun Journal, of which she is assistant editor, is being launched on 10 April in The Teachers’ Club, and she is reading poems from the Leaving Certificate English course in Rathmines College on Friday 12th, along with poets Maeve O’Sullivan, Maurice Devitt, Christine Broe, Simon Coury and Adam Wyeth. After Easter she is delivering a paper about haibun in UCD’s inaugural AWP conference on Thursday 25th April

March 2019

The loneliness of the sasquatch has been translated into Romanian by Dr Olimpia Jacob, and published in Convorbiri Literare.

This month Amanda is looking forward to Trim Poetry Festival, and delighted to have a poem shortlisted in their poetry competition. She will also be giving workshops in Cabinteely and Blackrock Libraries (DLR) and in the Burrow School in Baldoyle.

Workshops this month in DLR libraries:

February 2019

Amanda has some translations in The Bloomsbury Anthology of 110 More Great Indian Poems, edited by Abhay K:

A Romanian translation (by Dr Olimpia Iacob, Associate Professor of Modern Languages at Vasile Goldis West University in Arad, Romania), of an extract from The loneliness of the sasquatch is to be published in Convorbiri Literare.

An extract and the interview from The loneliness of the sasquatch is available on the beautiful Italian-based Margutte website.

A little review of First the Feathers and The loneliness of the sasquatch in the New Books section of the Dublin Review of Books.

Here’s my review of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s Northern Lights (The Gallery Press, 2018) in the Dublin Review of Books.

Submissions are now open for The Haibun Journal 1.1, under the editorship of Sean O’Connor. I am delighted to be an assistant editor, along with Kim Richardson, publisher with Alba Publishing.

On 7th February I spent an afternoon with a group of students from Lycée Faidherbe in Lille, Northern France. They have been studying Undercurrents with their head of English, and have produced this beautiful book of their own poetry – Grass petals.


January 2019

This month I travelled to Oslo at the invitation of the Prix de Norvège Society to participate in ‘The New Scream’. This project brought together a group of writers and artists to learn about Edvard Munch’s art and life, and collaborate on a creative project. I am honoured that the Arts Council of Ireland granted me a Training and Travel Award, and look forward to producing new work for a book based on our experiences.

Sitting underneath Per Krohg’s painting in the Grand Café. Edvard Munch is the figure seated behind the bearded man in green.

Also this month, I have new poems appearing in The North and in Skylight 47, both of which are to launched on 24th January.

On my return I am running some workshops on Psychogeography for secondary school students in DLR libraries. The focus will be on how writers create a sense of place.

December 2018

21 December – The Loneliness of the Sasquatch features in this review article in The Irish Times, along with collections by the wonderful Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

On Tuesday 11 December the Angle is being launched in the Devlin in Ranelagh. I’m delighted to have work in this journal, which is being sold in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust.

I will be reading in Rathmines Library on 12th December with Catherine Ann Cullen, Maurice Devitt, and Maeve O’Sullivan.

I was delighted to be invited to Oslo in the new year by the Society of the Prix de Norvège, to participate in ‘The New Scream’ project.

November 2018

Some photos from last night’s launch of The loneliness of the sasquatch –  me reading from the book; publisher Kim Richardson (Alba) with Dr Lucy Collins (launcher) and myself; Kim with Eithne Rosenstock; Tristan Rosenstock playing Irish airs on the low whistle.

My article about the loneliness of the sasquatch in The Irish Times 

The loneliness of the sasquatch (Alba Publishing) was launched by Dr Lucy Collins in the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, at 7pm on 22 November. Here’s a preview in the autumn edition of Harold’s XPress:

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More workshops with The Lost Library Book will be taking place in Donabate on 30th November.

October 2018

This month I’m doing lots of visits to libraries in Fingal, talking about The Lost Library Book, designing book plates, and much more!

I’ll be reading ‘The New Road’ at the Redline Book Festival, on Wednesday 10th at the launch of the Red Lines, an anthology of the first five years of the Redline Poetry Competition..

Delighted to have some haiku forthcoming in Blithe Spirit, the BHS Members’ Anthology, and in Wishbone Moon: An Collection of International Women’s Haiku to be launched at Westival at the end of the month.

September 2018

The loneliness of the sasquatch goes to print this month, well on schedule for its launch by Dr Lucy Collins on 22 November in The Teachers Club, 18.30.


Poems accepted by Crannóg 49, and the Irish issue of The North, (eds Jane Clarke and Nessa O’Mahony); haiku accepted for the new haiku journal Seashores, and a haibun accepted for cattails (ed. Mike Montreuil).

I presented a paper about haibun as the new nature writing at the ASLE-UKI conference ‘A Place at the Edge’ in Kirkwall, Orkney, 4-8 September.

My interview and reading on ‘Rhyme and Reason‘ with Helen Dwyer for Dublin South FM, recorded this month, will air at 7pm on Friday 5 October.

August 2018

My poem ‘The New Road’ is to appear in a chapbook of poems placed and shortlisted in  the Redline Poetry Competition, and my haibun ‘Wintering’ has been accepted by Haibun Today. Slots for The Lost Library Book workshops are filling up well for the autumn – I’ll be visiting lots of libraries in Fingal.

July 2018

The Interpreter’s House 68 has a review of First the Feathers by Dawn Gorman: ‘This is a powerful collection by a poet whose clear, logical thinking maintains clean control over unusual, thought-provoking subjects. Read it, learn much.’

June 2018

20 June – happy to hear this morning that I have a poem accepted for The Stony Thursday Book No. 16, edited by Nessa O’Mahony.

Really pleased to be reading on the fringe of West Cork Literary Festival, Monday 16th July at 4pm in Organico café, with Poetry Divas Kate Dempsey and Maeve O’Sullivan. I’m taking Martina Evans‘s workshop so it should be a great week.

May 2018

On 31 May I was delighted to be part of the Wild Voices Writers’ Salon curated by the wonderful Annemarie Ní Churreáin. Nine poets and a harpist responding to the words of John Moriarty. It was great treat to read with Karen J. McDonnell, Victoria Kennefick, Alice Kinsella, Faye Boland, James Martyn Joyce, Nicholas McLachlan, Stephen Murphy and Liz Quirke, and harpist Eithne Walsh.

I’m very pleased to have a poem in the inaugural issue of the Smithereens Literary Magazine.

18 May – Playing with Poetry. A delightful neighbourhood evening of poetry and music with me, Catherine Ann Cullen, Erin Fornoff, and musicians Sam Brown and Pearse McGloughlin as part of Harold’s Cross Festival in the Education Centre Theatre in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

It was an honour to be included in the ‘Blank Page: Poets in Conversation’ series in the National Library on 10 May, where Niall Macmonagle chaired a discussion with me and John O’Donnell about our poetry. We each discussed the process of writing the title poems of our recent collections, First the Feathers, and Sunlight.


My review of Anna Carey’s Mollie on the March is in the current issue of Books Ireland.

I had a very enjoyable evening as Kate Ennals’ guest At the Edge, reading with Rosemary Jenkinson, Stephanie Conn, and Ron Carey in Cavan’s Johnston Library, on 1 May.

My piece in Harolds Xpress, about my trip to Kerala Literary Festival this February:


April 2018

22 April 2018 – Reading under the cherry tree in Farmleigh on Japan Day with fellow Haiku Ireland members David J.Kelly, Maeve O’Sullivan and Glenda Cimino

Amanda reading on Japan Day


An exciting month ahead, with the launch of Autonomy edited by Kathy D’Arcy, in Books Upstairs on 13 April, reading with Haiku Ireland members in Farmleigh for Japan Day on 22 April, and appearing in Cork World Book Fest at ‘Here, There and In-between’ on 28th April, reading with Robyn Rowland and Cedric Bikond Nkoma

March 2018

30 March – Haiku Wales, a very interesting new journal edited by Paul Chambers, went live today, and includes my essay ‘Imaginative Linkage: Haibun in Ireland’ 

26 March. Phonica: Eight – a mind-blowing evening of cross-pollinated sound and word. I was delighted to participate in a polyphonic stage reading of Joanna Walsh‘s novella ‘Seed’, with a great cast of twelve amateur readers including Susan Tomaselli, June Caldwell, Dimitra Xidous and Dominique Cleary.

My poem ‘Moving Statues’ is in Autonomy, edited by Kathy D’Arcy, which will be launched in Books Upstairs in Dublin on 13 April


My poem ‘Hume Street’ is in the new issue of The Interpreters House, edited by Martin Malone.

Sunday 25 March – It was a privilege to be shortlisted for the The DLR Shine Strong Award with fine poets Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Erin Fornoff, Elaine Cosgrove, and Rachael Hegarty, author of the winning collection Flightpaths over Finglas.

Sunday 18 March – my new haibun ‘Hoppers and Daddies’ in Contemporary Haibun Online

Saturday 10 March – reading in the Irish Writers Centre with WomenXBorders

February 2018

Some highlights of the wonderful Kerala Literature Festival: ‘No Democracy Without Dissent’, 8-11 February 2018, in Kozhikode Beach. Ireland was the guest country, and I attended with Conor Kostick, Alan Titley, Gabriel Rosenstock, Paddy Bushe, and Liam Carson, with the generous support of Culture Ireland.


Heading to Kerala Literary Festival for readings and panel discussions (8-12 February). This announcement is a great send-off.


January 2018

Here’s my interview with Sophie Grenham in The Gloss

I will be reading in Books Upstairs on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 3pm with fellow Hibernian Writers Maeve O’Sullivan and Brian Kirk.

December 2017

I wrote an essay for the Irish Times examining the human/animal strand in First the Feathers.

Culture Ireland has generously agreed to fund my trip to Kerala Literary Festival in February.

Lovely evening of poetry and music in Rathmines Library with Maurice Devitt, Maeve O’Sullivan and Bernadette NicGabhann.

November 2017

28 November: Great night at the BGEIBAs, many thanks to Listowel Writers’ Week Committee – it was a privilege to have ‘Points’ shortlisted as Irish Poem of the Year, along with John McAuliffe, Tara Bergin, and author of the winning poem Clodagh Beresford-Dunne.


Gabriel Rosenstock has translated ‘Immortality’, from First the Feathers, into Irish. Here it is on the Poetry India Facebook page.

Delighted to have my poem ‘Hume Street’ accepted for publication in The Interpreter’s House.

Talking about ‘Points’ at the launch of the BGEIBAs shortlist

2 Nov – My poem ‘Points’, first published in The Irish Times,  is shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2017

First the Feathers was launched by Enda Wyley in Pearse Street Library, 144 Pearse Street, on 16 November at 6.30pm – thanks to everyone who came along

The BGEIBAs ceremony is on 28 November

Delighted to have two pieces in Gorse 9, to be launched on 29 November

October 2017

I participated in a reading and discussion about debut collections in Smock Alley at 1pm on Friday 3 November 2017, as part of Dublin Book Festival, with Brian Kirk and fellow Doire Press poet Emma McKervey

Primary school students have been designing some beautiful book plates at my ‘Lost Library Book’ workshops

Delighted with this review of Undercurrents in Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics

Had a fabulous weekend at Dromineer Literary Festival!

The cover of First the Feathers!

Looking forward to reading from it next weekend at the Dromineer Literary Festival Launching Party

September 2017

Lovely review of The Lost Library Book in CBI’s Inis Reading Guide:


22-24 September 2017, CBI’s fabulous annual conference – honoured to be presenting The Lost Library Book on the New Voices panel

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First the Feathers has gone to the printers, in good time for the Dromineer Literary Festival Launching Party on 7th October

Presenting The Lost Library Book on the New Voices panel, CBI conference, next weekend.

Reading at Staccato on 13th September with fellow Hibernian Brian Kirk and others

‘Striking Out’, a haibun from my collection, is in the new issue of Haibun Today

Poems forthcoming this autumn: ‘Moon’ and ‘The New Road’ in Banshee 5, ‘Seedlings’ and Urban Foraging’ in Gorse 9, ‘Immortality’ in Skylight 47, ‘Mount Jerome’ in Crannóg 46

Two haiku from Undercurrents are to be included in an anthology of women’s haiku, edited by Roberta Beary, Ellen Compton, and Kala Ramesh

August 2017

Books@One’s inaugural Literary Festival in Louisburgh 17-20 August. I’ll be reading from The Lost Library Book in the library at 2pm on Friday 18th.

July 2017

Some poem films on Vimeo: ‘Points’, ‘Cockle Picking’ and ‘The Ballad of Mary Anne Cadden’

‘Points’, from forthcoming collection First the Feathers (Doire Press, November 2017) was The Saturday Poem in The Irish Times, 22 July 2017

A new haibun, ‘Striking Out’, forthcoming in Haibun Today

Two poems accepted for Issue 5 of Banshee

Becky Long’s lovely review of The Lost Library Book in Inis

My film of ‘The Ballad of Mary Anne Cadden’ is now on vimeo

June 2017

Here I am in CBI‘s line-up for the conference this September

23 June – In today’s Irish Times, Frank McNally’s Irishman’s Diary is about Marsh’s Library, the exhibition ‘Hunting Stolen Books’, and The Lost Library Book

Delighted to have a couple of haibun accepted by Christodoulos Makris for Gorse 9

Primary school workshops with The Lost Library Book

The Lost Library Book featured in Sarah Webb’s Children’s Books Summer Special in The Irish Independent on 10 June

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May 2017

The Lost Library Book was launched by His Grace, Archbishop Michael Jackson on Saturday 20th May in Marsh’s Library, and sold out all the stock on the day. There are plenty more on the way, and I will be talking about the book at the following venues this month:


31 May: Wexford and Enniscorthy Public Libraries

10 May: Rathfarnham Educate Together National School

13th May at 2pm on Saturday 13th in Our Lady’s Hospice Rose Garden, as part of Harold’s Cross Festival.

14th May at 3pm on Sunday 14th in the army tent in Harold’s Cross Park, as part of Harold’s Cross Festival

8 May 2017 – My poem ‘Why Ajo Blanco? has been accepted by The Curlew.

3 May 2017 – ‘A Ghazal of Exodus’ is in the new issue of The Stinging Fly


April 2017

18 April – Undercurrents has been awarded joint second prize by the Haiku Society of America for the 2016 Merit Book Award, a.k.a. Kanterman Award


Sara Keating’s feature in The Irish Times, Saturday 15th April, all about The Lost Library Book:

“[The Lost Library Book is] … romantic in its celebration of knowledge and the artefact of the physical book; an idea that is greatly enhanced by Alice Durand-Wietzel’s romantic illustrations. It is a great story that children, and their parents, will delight in reading, and its happy ending is, indeed, the stuff of fairytales.”


My poem A Small Attendance in issue 12 of The Incubator, 15th April 2017


I will be reading in the walled garden in Farmleigh on Japan Day (23rd April) with Haiku Ireland and the Irish Haiku Society, along with fellow Touchstone shortlistee Sean O’Connor, and it is an honour to be launching Sean’s book, Even the Mountains, on Poetry Day (27th April) in The Teachers’ Club, 37 Parnell Square. We are both featured in The Nenagh Guardian this week.


Brian Hutton’s feature about The Lost Library Book in the local quarterly:


My poem ‘Cochlea’ in the new issue of Skylight 47


Honoured that Undercurrents has been shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. We have just gone into a third print-run.


March 2017

I was interviewed by Anna Mooney about being published in your forties, for Aisling Grimley’s excellent website My Second Spring.


11 March – a great day at The Irish Writers’ Centre for the International Women’s Day Readathon with Women Aloud NI


My article about The Lost Library Book is featured in the March/April issue of Books Ireland



The brilliant Numéro Cinq features my childhood memoir in the March edition – read it here:- Bad Weather Days


February 2017

Reading at Ó Bhéal for the first time on Monday 27th February was a wonderful experience – lovely crowd, great hospitality, and delighted also with this piece by Deasúin MacBraoin in the Evening Echo



My poem ‘Ghazal of Exodus’ has been accepted by The Stinging Fly, which first published my poetry in 2012.



Delighted with how The Lost Library Book is looking, and it is now available for preorder from The Onslaught Press.


Participating in the Readathon for International Women’s Day in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Saturday 11 March.


I will be guest reader at Ó Bhéal on Monday 27th February.


My poem ‘Cochlea’ has been accepted for publication by Skylight 47.


3 February – I did a presentation on psychogeography, with readings from Undercurrents, for fifth-year geography students in The High School, Rathgar.


January 2017

The Lost Library Book, The Onslaught Press, Spring 2017

My children’s book illustrated by Alice Durand-Wietzel, will be published by The Onslaught Press this Spring, and launched in Marsh’s Library on 6 May 2017.

‘The remarkable true story of a forgotten library book that was returned to Marsh’s Library after 100 years. Written with elegance and grace, it’s a fascinating tale for book lovers young and old.’ – Sarah Webb, Award-winning Writer, and Children’s Curator of the Mountains to the Sea Book Festival


My poem ‘A Small Attendance’ has been accepted for the April issue of The Incubator.


December 2016

Poetry Ireland Review 120 published, including my poem ‘Complicit’.


The January issue of Contemporary Haibun Online went online on 19 December, including my haibun ‘So Long’, which is about Leonard Cohen and gannets.


Cyphers 82 arrived on 2 December, with my poem ‘Bumblebees’ in it.



My childhood memoir piece, ‘Bad Weather Days’, has been accepted by Douglas Glover for publication next spring in Numéro Cinq.


My haibun about Leonard Cohen and gannets, ‘So Long’, has been accepted for publication by Contemporary Haibun Online later this month.


Rachel Falconer‘s great collection Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on her Work, in which my essay ‘Transcending the Urban: The Queen of Sheba’ appears, is to be digitised by Edinburgh Scholarship Online.



Poetry Ireland Review 120, Vona Groarke’s last issue as editor, will include my poem ‘Complicit’.


I was Poetry Section Editor of CBI’s Reading Guide 2016/17



My ‘Ballad of Mary Anne Cadden’ was published in the October issue of political and cultural magazine The Village, and featured in the ‘Rise and Repeal’ broadsheet.