Readings and Awards


13 September 2017 – reading at Staccato in Toner’s of Baggot Street

The Lost Library Book will be launched by David Norris at 2.30pm on Saturday 20th May in Marsh’s Library. I will be talking about it at the following venues:

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

31st May in Enniscorthy for Wexford Public Libraries.

I will be launching 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 – Participating 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



April – Undercurrents was awarded second prize by the Haiku Society of America for the Kanterman Merit Book Award, and shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation‘s Touchstone Distinguished Book Award, which “is bestowed annually on published collections of poems, or works of scholarship, that represent noteworthy contributions to English-language haiku in the estimation of a distinguished panel of poets, editors and scholars.”


Dromineer Poetry Competition, 3rd prize for ‘Through the Looking Glass’, October 2016

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2016, highly commended, October 2016

Boyle Poetry Competition 2016, ‘Dreaming’ commended (Boyle Arts 2016)

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2016, ‘Sindhura, Andalusia’ highly commended


Allingham Poetry Competition 2015 (first prize for ‘First the Feathers’, shortlisted for ‘Sourdough’, judge Jane Clarke)

‘Hero’ shortlisted for the Francis Ledwidge Award

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2015 (highly commended for collection Sourdough)

Redline Poetry Competition 2015 (‘The New Road’ shortlisted, judge Enda Wyley)

Fish Short Memoir Prize 2015 (shortlist)

The Rialto/RSPB Poetry Competition 2015 (longlist, ‘First the Feathers’)


Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2014 (‘The Darkness’, shortlist, judges Neil Astley and Paddy Bushe) (see here)

The Free Wee Library Poetry Competition 2014 (‘Polytunnel’, 2nd prize)

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2014 (shortlist, judge Martin Dyar)