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Reading The Future - Dublin celebrates 250 Years of Hodges Figgis Bookshop

I am delighted to be one of 250 writers included in the anthology Reading The Future: New Writing from Ireland. 

Edited by Alan Hayes and published by Arlen House to mark the 250th anniversary of the Hodges Figgis Bookshop in Dublin (wow, 250 years!), the anthology was launched on Thursday 26th April complete with traditional music and fabulous wine and canapes. 89 more words

Writing News

Stinging Fly Stories | Anthology 2018

I’m delighted to have my story, A Sin to Tell the Naked Truth, collected in the Stinging Fly Stories anthology edited by Declan Meade and Sarah Gilmartin.  107 more words

Irish Writing

Book reviews in sonnet form

Much of this blog is made of book reviews that I have written for the Irish Examiner.  These books are chosen for my attention by the paper’s books’ editor, Dan Buckley. 551 more words

Book Reviews

Treasured Father-Son Memories Recounted at Opening of Éigse Michael Hartnett 2018

Michael Hartnett’s son Niall gives the keynote speech on the first night of this year’s festival. “Poetry is my life and my life is poetry,” the words poet Michael Hartnett wrote in a letter to his son, Niall in 1998, the year before Michael died. 939 more words


The Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize 2018 - The Citations

Mary O’Malley

Playing the Octopus

Mary O’Malley’s new collection, Playing the Octopus is a wonderful book of finely wrought, delicately woven poems that seduce and excite. 623 more words


Won't feel it now...

Hello all,

As I write, there are a mere 95 sleeps to the publication of this beauty:

Original publication date has been shifted from June 7 to June 28 –  bit disappointing to have to wait a little longer but I’ll have to assume the publishers in their wisdom know what they’re doing. 124 more words

'Crossing the Iron Bridge' by Michael Hartnett

The Iron Bridge referred to here is a commemorative footbridge spanning the Arra River. it has been used for generations to facilitate Mass goers making their way on foot to the parish church in Newcastle West from Maiden Street and in more recent times from Assumpta Park, via The Mass Steps. 1,418 more words