19 November: Reading a poem by Dorothy Molloy at the launch of The Poems of Dorothy Molloy (Faber, November 2019) in Poetry Ireland
22-23 November – Ó Bhéal’s Winter Warmer Festival – bilingual reading with Gabriel Rosenstock
22 October – Read a haiku sequence from the Dodder River at the launch of Channel, Irish Writers Centre
12 October: Literary Forum in Ranelagh Arts Festival, chaired by Michael O’Loughlin, with Erin Fornoff and Oisin Fagan
19th May, 3 pm: Dodder Literary Picnic. Reading with Patrick Deeley, Catherine Ann Cullen, Jean O’Brien, Peter Money and Siobhan Cuffe.
17th May, 8pm: Poetry and Music Salon, Harold’s Cross Festival, in the Education Theatre of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. With Gabriel Rosenstock, Catherine Ann Cullen, Erin Fornoff and Ron Carey.
7 April – reading haiku with Haiku Ireland in the walled garden at the Experience Japan Festival in Farmleigh.
10 April – The Haibun Journal launched at The Teachers’ Club, and I read my piece ‘Hoppers and Daddies’.
12 April – Rathmines College. Reading poems from the Leaving Certificate English course, with poets Maeve O’Sullivan, Maurice Devitt, Adam Wyeth, Christine Broe, and Simon Coury.
16 March 2019 – I read ‘Riptide’, which was shortlisted for the Trim Poetry Competition, at the inaugural Trim Poetry Festival.
(photo: Boyne Berries)
Thursday 22 November – the launch of The Loneliness of the Sasquatch in The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 at 6.30. Poetry and music: a reading interwoven with airs on the low whistle from Tristan Rosenstock.
Monday 19th November – I was one of the poets reading at the annual fund-raiser ‘Soundings for Simon’, The Yellow House, Rathfarnham, at 8pm.
Wednesday 10 October – I read ‘The New Road’ at the Redline Book Festival, at the launch of the Red Lines, an anthology of the first five years of the Redline Poetry Competition.
16 July at 4pm – reading with Poetry Divas Kate Dempsey and Maeve O’Sullivan, Organico Café, Bantry, West Cork.
21 July – a Friday evening reading with the Poetry Divas in the Meadery, Kinsale.
3 July – On the Nail, Limerick Writers’ Centre – lovely evening reading with Jaki McCarrick.
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.
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.
10 May – ‘Blank Page: Poets in Conversation’ with Niall MacMonagle and John O’Donnell in the National Library
Saturday 28 April at 2pm – Cork World Book Fest. It was very special to read on the theme of home and migration at ‘Here, There, and Elsewhere’ with Robyn Rowland and the brave people who currently live in Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre.
1 May – Johnston Library, Cavan – At the Edge. Lovely evening with Kate Ennals, reading with Stephanie Conn, Rosemary Jenkinson, and Ron Carey
Sunday 22 April – reading with Haiku Ireland members in Farmleigh for Japan Day – 2pm in the Walled Garden
13 April – Books Upstairs launch of Autonomy, edited by Kathy D’Arcy. I was honoured to be reading my poem ‘Moving Statues’ with a wonderful group of writers and singers including Eleanor Hooker, Anne Tannam, Annette Skade, Sinead Gleeson, Claire Hennessy, Catherine Ann Cullen, and Deirdre Sullivan. Profits from the sale of this book will go to support those working to ensure that all women have access to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including safe, legal abortion. Here are some photos of the launch.
25 March – Shine Strong Poetry Award readings. 10.30 in DLR Lexicon
10 March – WomenXBorders Readathon in Irish Writers Centre
February – bilingual reading with Gabriel Rosenstock in Kerala Literary Festival
February 2018 – I was part of a delegation of Irish writers visiting the huge and fascinating Kerala Literary Festival
October/November 2017 – workshops with The Lost Library Book in schools and libraries
16 November – Dublin launch by Enda Wyley of First the Feathers (Doire Press)
7 October 2017 – reading from First the Feathers at The Launch Party, Dromineer Literary Festival
13 September 2017 – reading at Staccato in Toner’s of Baggot Street
23 September – presenting The Lost Library Book in ‘New Voices’ session at Children’s Books Ireland’s annual conference
August 2017 – presenting The Lost Library Book at Louisburgh Festival
June 2017 – school workshops with The Lost Library Book
The Lost Library Book was launched by His Grace Archbishop Michael Jackson on Saturday 20th May in Marsh’s Library
10 May: The Lost Library Book workshop at Rathfarnham Educate Together National School
13th and 14th May – Harold’s Cross Festival – presenting The Lost Library Book
31st May in Wexford and Enniscorthy Public Libraries for The Lost Library Book workshops
I launched Sean O’Connor’s collection Even the Mountains at The Teachers’ Club, 37 Parnell Square, on Poetry Day, 27th April
April 2017 – reading with Haiku Ireland and the Irish Haiku Society in the walled garden at Farmleigh for Japan Day, 23rd April
11 March 2017 – Participated in the Readathon for International Women’s Day in the Irish Writers’ Centre
27 February 2017 – guest reader at Ó Bhéal
Monday 14th November 2016, Soundings for Simon, in aid of the Simon Community.
Canalophonic Festival, reading with Christine Broe in Rathmines Library, September 2016
Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, Irish Writers’ Centre, 23 May 2016
Munster Literature Festival Prebooked Readings, 13 February 2016
Readings with Haiku Ireland and Irish Haiku Society, Japan Day, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, April 2016
Redline Festival Poetry Competition, Tallaght, October 2015
Elegy Karaoke organised by Irish Centre for Poetry Studies, November 2015
Canalophonic, Rathmines, May 2015
Strokestown International Literature Festival, May 2014
Fizzfest, Phibsborough, 2012
Participant in full reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost, Trinity College Dublin