Thank you to the wonderful Munster Literature Centre! My poem 'Portrait of the City with Mastectomy' was published online today in Southword and you can read it here:
A little Easter retreat, where I get to write and Ethan gets to sail. Oh, and eat oysters! Happy Days.
The cognac was flowing last night at the Hennessy Literary Awards. Luckily, I am rather partial to a Hennessy & Ginger.
Such a great occasion. Hennessy & The Irish Times really made us writers feel like rock stars and the setting in Kings Inns couldn't have been more sumptuous. Congratulations to Louise G. Cole for winning the poetry section, a worthy winner, and lovely into the bargain.
And somebody was looking rather at home there... ;-)
You can be nominated for all the prizes in the world but having an article in the Tuam Herald still makes the mammies fierce proud here at home. Thanks a million to Siobhan Holliman for the write-up (and to Ethan for the photo!). It was great to be flying the flag for Tuam above in Dublin.
But the coolest thing about being in this week's Herald is that I'm in it with my amazing friend, Lola Donoghue. We used to teach in the same school and we had a photography business together at the same time—weekend and holiday warrior photographers! Some of you may remember the FOTISSIMA years. Good times. But since she took a career break to go painting full-time, her success has been stratospheric. So proud of her.
I go my invitation in the post so it must be true. I got shortlisted with five other poets for a Hennessy Literary Award. Well. Zippiddy-Doo-Dah!
My poem "Portrait of the City with Mastectomy" has just won second prize in the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize. Cork. I love you even more!
I have a poem in this gorgeous journal for the second year in a row. Delighted!
Oh well. It had to happen.
But it was okay because Ethan had to get them too. We are taking it all remarkably well!
Who doesn't love a continental breakfast?!
Over the moon to have two poems in the Irish Times today!
Oysterhaven, our favourite place in the whole world. And where you'll find us every August. Shout out to Sinead, Kate & Oliver, and all the gang at the Oysterhaven Activity Centre!
Writers! I would thoroughly recommend the Southampton Writers Conference. I got to workshop with the legend that is Billy Collins and be in the company of the utterly fabulous Sharon Olds. It was like a dream-come-true. And I met so many great people while I was there. Shout out to my new American writer friends!
If this were a digital photo it would have been deleted for sure. Got to love Polaroid. Thanks, Sophie!
July in Oxford with the writerly gang. Fun times.
I got these cuties in the post today. The Poetry School made my poem (and poems by Emma Simon, Bridget Minamore and Rachel Matthews) into adorable little postcards for Poem in Your Pocket Day. I love them!