My first piece of short fiction is published in Ambit 232

I am so excited to have my first piece of short fiction published, and by Ambit, of all esteemed publishers! It’s called ‘How to Measure the Loneliness of a Tidal Island’ and was inspired by the death of Pascal Whelan, a retired stuntman who lived on Omey, a tidal island near Clifden in County Galway. He was the island’s last permanent resident.

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You can purchase a copy of the magazine here: http://ambitmagazine.co.uk/issues/232

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!

Reading at The Resurgence Poetry Prize in London

Me and my boy paid a flying visit to London on Monday for the prize giving ceremony of the Resurgence Eco Poetry Prize. I was so glad I made the effort to go over. It was great to meet everyone and of course to read my poem. 

Photo: Diana Tupilis

Photo: Diana Tupilis

Ethan took a video for me too - thanks Ethan!

More photos and poems from the night are to be found over on the Resurgence website. Just click on the photo below and it'll bring you there.

We treated ourselves to lunch at Barbecoa and even managed to fit in a quick visit to the Tate Modern. We won't talk about the train to Stansted terminating its journey mid-way or the delayed plane or the missing of buses. We did get home...eventually!