February 2018 – I am honoured to be part of a Culture Ireland-funded delegation of Irish writers visiting Kerala Literary Festival
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
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.