Hennessy Literary Awards Night

The cognac was flowing last night at the Hennessy Literary Awards. Luckily, I am rather partial to a Hennessy & Ginger.

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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.

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And somebody was looking rather at home there... ;-)

The Tuam Herald

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.

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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.

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The Well Review

 I finally got my hands on the much-anticipated Issue Two of The Well Review. So chuffed to have my name associated with it. I had the great good fortune of spending a week in Bantry with Sarah & Christian, playing a teeny part in its production. It was such labour of love for that brilliant creative pair. There are poems by the likes of Leontia Flynn, Vona Groarke, and Matthew Sweeney. Especially proud to see the talented Gabriella Attems in there. Massive congrats, and hats off!

I finally got my hands on the much-anticipated Issue Two of The Well Review. So chuffed to have my name associated with it. I had the great good fortune of spending a week in Bantry with Sarah & Christian, playing a teeny part in its production. It was such labour of love for that brilliant creative pair. There are poems by the likes of Leontia Flynn, Vona Groarke, and Matthew Sweeney. Especially proud to see the talented Gabriella Attems in there. Massive congrats, and hats off!

 And just when you think it couldn't be more perfect, you get this exquisite mini-pamphlet, a pull-out poem, by the legendary American poet Anne Carson entitled "Ghost Q&A". Gorgeousness! 

And just when you think it couldn't be more perfect, you get this exquisite mini-pamphlet, a pull-out poem, by the legendary American poet Anne Carson entitled "Ghost Q&A". Gorgeousness! 

SOUTHAMPTON WRITERS CONFERENCE 2017

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! 

 Trying not to appear star-struck. I could have listened to this guy all day long. Brilliant AND funny.   

Trying not to appear star-struck. I could have listened to this guy all day long. Brilliant AND funny.

 

 Can I be Sharon Olds when I grow up? Please. Love, love, love her.

Can I be Sharon Olds when I grow up? Please. Love, love, love her.

 So, I hope Billy is as good at fortune-telling as he is at writing poems!

So, I hope Billy is as good at fortune-telling as he is at writing poems!