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.
Really looking forward to the event above at Cork City Library. There’s a wonderful programme of events for this year’s Cork World Book Fest – you can see them all here. It’s great to have the festival back!
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…
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!
Here is a link to a radio programme I worked on about the Innti poetry journal and its legacy. Featuring interviews with Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Gabriel Rosenstock, Pádraig Ó Cíobháin, Liam Carson and Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, the documentary tries to capture the spirit of the journal. It was broadcast on Raidio na Gaeltachta on the 27 December 2021.
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
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.