This month I am travelling to Oslo at the invitation of the Prix de Norvège Society to participate in ‘The New Scream’. This project brings 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 has granted me a Training and Travel Award, and look forward to generating some interesting new work.
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.
On 7th February I will be spending an afternoon with a group of students from Lycéee 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.
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.
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:
More workshops with The Lost Library Book will be taking place in Donabate on 30th November.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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:
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
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
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 ‘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
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.
Here’s my interview with Sophie Grenham in The Gloss
I wrote an essay for the Irish Times examining the human/animal strand in First the Feathers.
Lovely evening of poetry and music in Rathmines Library with Maurice Devitt, Maeve O’Sullivan and Bernadette NicGabhann.
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.
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
The BGEIBAs ceremony is on 28 November
Delighted to have two pieces in Gorse 9, to be launched on 29 November
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
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
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.
‘Striking Out’, a haibun from my collection, is in the new issue of Haibun Today
Two haiku from Undercurrents are to be included in an anthology of women’s haiku, edited by Roberta Beary, Ellen Compton, and Kala Ramesh
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.
‘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
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
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
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.
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
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.
The Lost Library Book, The Onslaught Press, Spring 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.
Poetry Ireland Review 120 published, including my poem ‘Complicit’.
Cyphers 82 arrived on 2 December, with my poem ‘Bumblebees’ in it.
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.
I was Poetry Section Editor of CBI’s Reading Guide 2016/17