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!
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.
You can purchase a copy of the magazine here: http://ambitmagazine.co.uk/issues/232
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.
We got to hear the Year Twos reading at their July showcase. Inspired for our turn next year!
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!
I am delighted to announce that I'm one of the thirteen poets selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2017.
Looking forward to working with Collette Bryce and Theo Dorgan, not to mention reading at the International Literary Festival Dublin in May. Yippee!
What more could you ask for? Happy Mother's Day to ME!...and to all the other single mothers out there doing it for themselves. Sláinte! And for me own mammy, for without her, where would I be.
And here she is with her mother, and her mother's mother, and her godmother, who also happens to be my godmother (Aunty Lil <3). Hooray for mothers!
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.
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!
The Poetry School has published a new poem of mine Funeral Cortege As Umbilical Cord. It's my small homage to Omey Island and to its last permanent resident, Pascal Whelan, who died there last month.