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Putting in the work & getting it out there

March 1, 2015



This book is available as an ebook and a REAL book on and Rubicon is an anthology of work in response to Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis.

I’m delighted to have a poem in here. Even more so as it is my first villanelle.  The anthology is edited by Marie Lecrivain and published in Los Angeles by Sybaritic Press.

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Nearer to home, Friday 6 March sees the official launch of a project that started back in 2014, under the stewardship of The Poetry Collective’s Patrick Stack, and artist Carmel Doherty.

Poets from Co. Clare submitted a selection of their work for consideration by a group of artists.  The paintings in ‘To be or nought to be’ are responses to those poems. The exhibition runs in Glór Theatre & Gallery and the Rowan Tree Café in Ennis until March 28th.

The poetry reading begins just after 6.30pm. I’ll be reading my poem ‘Lady of Title| Lunatic’, which was chosen by artist Brian McMahon.

This  link to Carmel’s web page  gives a preview of the paintings, and excerpts from the poems.


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Photo- Ennis Book Club Festival

Photo- Ennis Book Club Festival

I’m a very happy bunny because the poetry reading happens to coincide with the start of the Ennis Book Club Festival. I’ll be haring off to Donal O’Kelly’s performance of his play Catalpa immediately afterwards.

On Saturday, my buddy Janette (welcome home, girl) and I will be listening to writer Joseph O’Connor and RTE’s Evelyn O’Rourke tell us what 10 books we should read before we die. In the afternoon, it’s Clare-based writer Niall Williams, and the wonderful Mary Costello. Niall’s latest book is History of the Rain.  Costello’s Academy Street has had rave reviews. I’m a bit behind on my reading. Time to snap up a few books next weekend, methinks!

It’s great to see some of last year’s effort come to fruition this Spring.

It’s even better to celebrate with friends, and a good dose of books!

Avanti !!


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