Mí Iúil /July

Cúpla rud ag teacht aníos an mhí seo chugainn:

The film City of a Thousand Suns/ Cathair na Mílte Grian will be premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on the 8th July at 14.00. Written and directed by Paula Kehoe and Feargal Ward, this is an unforgettable art film partly inspired by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc’s elegy for Hiroshima, ‘Aifreann na Marbh’. The cast includes Marcus Mac Conghail, Kazuyoshi Meiki, Rióna Ní Fhrighil and Tristan Warner. I was very happy to narrate the Irish-language version of the film.

Beidh mé ag glacadh páirte in ‘Cosán Ghabhla‘ mar chuid d’Fhéile an Earagail ar an 9ú agus 10ú Iúil i dteannta scríbhneoirí agus físealaíontóirí.

On the 16th July, I’ll be reading in Panicale in Umbria, Italy at the Effetto48 festival with Billy Ramsell and Lorenzo Mari. Special thanks to Alberto Masala for the invitation.

Delighted to be finishing off the month in Armagh at the John Hewitt Summer School where I’ll be reading with John McAuliffe and Molly Twomey on 29th July at 11.15.

The Poetry Programme 22.5.22

It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Olivia O’Leary recently on RTÉ Raidio 1 about the bilingual anthology Cnámh agus Smior/ Bone and Marrow. You can listen back to the conversation here. My thanks to Olivia and to the producer, Claire Cunningham at Rockfinch Productions.

Last week, I spoke to Helen Ní Shé on An Saol Ó Dheas about the anthology on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. I read one of my own poems, ‘Manach Eile agus a Chat’ which is the last poem in Cnámh agus Smior/ Bone and Marrow.

Grand Tour: Resisen durch die junge Lyrik Europas

Great to receive a copy of this anthology during the week, edited by Federico Italiano and Jan Wagner, containing German translations of my work, alongside many, many poets whom I greatly admire. Among the Irish contingent are Ailbhe Darcy, Alan Gillis, Victoria Kennefick, Nick Laird, John McAuliffe, Sinéad Morrissey, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Leanne O’Sullivan, Justin Quinn and David Wheatley. This book is divided into various ‘itineraries’, taking in Poland, Wales, Macedonia, Iceland Moldova, Portugal and Finland; another begins in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Norway and Belarus; the third journey takes us from England to Israel, Denmark, Austria, Croatia, Luxembourg and Russia; the fourth leg includes poets from Chechnya, Bulgaria, Scotland, Georgia, Italy, Kosovo and Latvia; the fifth itinerary takes in Belgium, Malta, Lithuania, Andorra, Hungary, Turkey and Serbia; the sixth trip begins in Switzerland before taking us to Romania, Albania, Slovakia, Spain, Montenegro and Estonia; the seventh and final trek take us from Ukraine to Germany, Armenia, Greenland, Sweden, Northern Ireland and Slovenia. These are poignant -and vital – poetic journeys, given what the scenes that are emerging from Ukraine in recent days and weeks…

Many thanks to the editors and to Hans-Christian Oeser who translated my poems to German, and to the publisher Carl Hanser Verlag.

Reading in Waterstones, Cork on 16.3.22

For Seachtain na Gaeilge, I’ll be reading in Waterstones, Cork on Wednesday 16th March at 4pm. Really looking forward to reading with the novelist Thaddeus Ó Buachalla. With thanks to John Breen for organising the event!

New poem in the Irish Times

It was great to see a new poem of mine in the Irish Times on Saturday. I wrote it back in August as the situation in Afghanistan was rapidly changing and the Taliban were approaching Kabul. It’s called ‘Fothragadh’ which could be translated as ‘bathing’ or ‘immersion’, or ‘bustle’ or ‘flurry’. My thanks to Billy Ramsell for his wonderful translation. Here is the link

Reading at the EFACIS Conference 2021

Many thanks to Daniela Theinová, Justin Quinn and the rest of the organising committee of the EFACIS conference in Prague in September. Of course, like much else at the moment, it was all a bit virtual, sadly, but Prague still exists and remains high on my list of places to revisit.

Here is a link to the reading I did with Louis de Paor and Ailbhe Darcy.

Agus seo nasc chuig dreas cainte a dheineas le Dara Ó Cinnéide ar an Saol ó Dheas an lá céanna.