I had a couple of poems on the longlist for The Fish Poetry Prize this year. My wonderful poetry sister Sarah Byrne however came second and it was great to be at the launch of the Fish Anthology to hear her read.
Bantry has to be one of the best literary festivals around. They always have an impressive line-up of writers for readings and workshops. And it's so picturesque! I did a poetry workshop with Jo Shapcott and my son, Ethan, did the teenage writing workshop with Dave Lordan.
Some of the highlights were getting to hear Sarah Howe read from the amazing Loop of Jade and the grand finale of Nick Laird and Zadie Smith, a rare treat to get to hear them both on the same stage. Looking forward to next year already!