Tonight, Tuesday 22nd October, at 6.30pm is the launch in the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin of the first issue of a great new poetry magazine, “Channel” – with a focus on nature and ecology. I’m very happy to have a poem in there, about badgers. Congrats to the hardworking creative editors, Elizabeth and Cassia!
Delighted that my poem ‘The Wave’ is this month’s choice for Poetry Ireland’s Words Lightly Spoken podcast – and a chance to say something about the threat of global warming.
I’m really looking forward to reading at this poetry supper in the United Arts Club in Dublin, Friday 8th March. Then off to Cork on Monday 11th for an O’Bheal reading with wonderful Moya Roddy!Poetry Supper 8 March 19
I’m really excited about tonight’s event, Friday Feb 1st in Milltown, Co Galway, at this Galway 2020 event celebrating the local Bardic School that was operating between 13th-16th centuries. I’ve been working with the local children, making up a choral bardic poem celebrating the coming of spring, which they’ll be performing on the night, to a jig rhythm provided by their own feet – in true bardic style! I’ll also get a chance to read my poem ‘The Milltown Lass’ from Session, celebrating local legend, box and fiddle player, Rose Murphy. Lots more wonderful musical and poetic guests. Can’t wait!
Roj Whelan recently made this short film of one of my poems, about orangutans and citizenship.
Afri (Action from Ireland) based in Dublin, has just made this short film about it’s global issues work in schools. I feel very privileged to be working with such an inspiring and empowering organisation. Please watch if you’re a teacher, or send on to any teachers, or parents who’ d like their children to be involved in this kind of exploration.
Kwasie Boyce – drama facilitator and play director with M.A.D Youth Theatre in Ardee just posted this on Facebook. I’m so happy they did this play – taken from my collection of plays: ‘Just a Second – Exploring Global Issues through Drama & Theatre‘ published by Afri (Action from Ireland.)
‘On Friday at Ardee Hub the young people gave their first performance as a youth theatre of Push Pull- We’re on the move byPete Mullineaux as part of the community intergration programme. We are insanely proud of all of the young people who took part in this project. It is wonderful to bring youth theatre to Ardee Town and look forward to future projects, collaboration and making more theatre in this wonderful rual town.’
I’m really looking forward to facilitating this week long creative writing course (poetry) with Moya Roddy who is offering meditation sessions as well as being our guest reader. Moya’s new collection was the biggest selling poetry book at the Cuirt International Festival, following her launch this week. The dates are June 18th-24th. The course takes place in a stunningly beautiful part of West Yorkshire. Course details: