Summer workshops

March 29, 2010

I’m going to be pretty busy with workshops this summer, but here are a couple to be going on with. Myself and Peter Salisbury are giving a weekend workshop on drama and narrative at the wonderful Anam Cara Writers Retreat in West Cork (1st – 4th July) . It is a fabulous location, run by a force of nature otherwise known as Sue Booth Forbes, and we aim to have some fun along the way. You can get more details on


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I’m also taking a week long memoir workshop at the John Hewitt Summer School, (26th to 30th July) in Armagh and you’ll get more details of that shortly on


And at the end of the summer, there’ll be some exciting events taking place at UCD’s John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies. I’m still working on that programme so I’ll be back with an update for that one.


Dublin Books Festival appearance

February 14, 2010

The Dublin Books Festival has just published its programme for the 2010 event, which runs from March 6th to 8th at City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin.

You can find the programme here.


I’m delighted to be reading at 1.30pm on the Sunday 7th, along with Enrique Juncosa, Pol O Muiri and Ciaran O’Driscoll. All events are entirely free, the vibe is always great and there’s even a fabulous coffee shop (or was last year) so hope to see you there.


Workshop and reading at O Bheal in Cork

February 14, 2010

O Bheal, a reading series that takes place at the Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork, has a great reputation so I was delighted to be asked to take part. The reading happens on Monday 1st March, from 9pm … I’ll be holding a creative writing workshop in advance at the same venue – from 7.30pm. You can get details at



A great time was had by all in Limerick

November 14, 2009

I read at the White House Poetry Literary Revival in the White House pub, O’Connell Street, Limerick on Wednesday night. I have to say it was an very enjoyable night, due in part to the friendly welcome from hosts Dominic Taylor and Tom McCarthy, but also to the wonderful poetry I heard from the floor before I got up to do my own stint. White House works on the basis of an open mic, with a guest poet contributing at the end. They have a very loyal following and have been going for the past six years, which is a huge achievement in the fickle world of poetry. All tribute to Dominic and his colleague Barney Sheehan, for the stellar work in keeping the whole thing together.

You can find a podcast of the reading here: http://tinyurl.com/y8565yz


Reading at White House Poetry Revival, Limerick, November 11th

November 4, 2009

Hi here … Delighted to be reading next week at the White House at the prestigious Poetry Revival on O’Connell Street, Limerick City. Events kick off at 9pm. Thanks to Dominic and Barney for inviting me.


Earagail Festival reading in July

June 17, 2009

I was asked to curate a day’s events at the Earagail Arts Festival and and delighted to announce that on 11th July, in the splendid surroundings of Glenveagh national park, we have a packed programme of workshops and readings. The event is called The Muse of The Seven Sisters and takes place at Glenveagh Castle Drawing Room. At 2pm there will be a poetry workshop with Aifric MacAodha, at 4pm a Script Writing workshop with Peter Salisbury, and from 8pm to 10pm there will be poetry and music from Celia de Freine, Paul Perry, Dermot McLaughlin and Nessa O’Mahony. Further details can be found on www.eaf.ie/spoken.html


Launch of new verse novel

May 26, 2009

I’ve just launched my new verse novel, In Sight of Home, which is published by Salmon Poetry. It tells the story of an Irish woman who emigrates with her family to Australia in the 1850s; there’s also a framing narrative featuring a 40-something 21st century Irish poet living on Anglesey. More details can be found on the Salmon website at http://www.salmonpoetry.com