Crossways 2021 and the Poetry Programme

Crossways 2021, the Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival, is online this year and there has been some stellar reading so far this weekend. A special mention to Winnie Brook Young, who travelled all over Ireland and Scotland during the restrictions to film the poets. Treise leat, a Winnie! Myself and Catrìona Lexy Chaimbeul are due to read tomorow 14th February at 2pm and we will be followed by Phillip Cummings and Pàdraig MacAoidh, Áine Uí Fhoghlú and Iain Mac a’ Phearsain, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Aonghas Dubh Mac Neacail, Biddy Jenkinson and Maoilios Caimbeul, and Alan Titley and David Kinloch.

Also tomorrow evening, the Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 will feature love poems for Valentine’s Day. Delighted that ‘Grasse Mattinée’ will be included, with its translation by Alan Gillis.

Colm Cille na hÉigse

Ba mhór agam cuireadh a fháil ó Chumann Merriman páirt a ghlacadh i léamh filíochta mar chuid de Scoil Geimhridh Merriman. Léigh Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird sliocht as a úrscéal Tairngreacht agus do reic Liam Ó Dochartaigh roinnt dánta a leagtar ar Cholm Cille. Ba í Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh reachtaire na hócáide agus tá buíochas ar leith ag dul do Fhiachra Ó Corragáin as an bhfíseagrafaíocht agus eagarthóireacht. Is féidir féachaint siar ar ‘Colm Cille na hÉigse’ anseo.

EFACIS Podcast

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Daniela Theinová for the EFACIS Irish Itinerary Podcast. Daniela is a wonderful poetry critic with a considerable knowledge of the Irish language and its literature. Her book, Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry was recently published by Palgrave. She read her translations of my poems at a reading in Prague some years ago (2012, I think!) You can listen to our conversation here. Buíochas ó chroí leat, a Daniela!

Some recent publications…

Aneas is a beautiful new Irish-language literary journal edited by the poet Simon Ó Faoláin and published by the Munster Literature Centre. I’m happy to have a new poem in Aneas alongside some of my favourite writers of poetry, short fiction and criticism. It’s available for purchase here.

Sincere thanks to David Gardiner of New Hibernia Review for publishing my work in the Spring 2020 issue, which also features essays by Seán Lysaght and Patrick Kehoe as well as academic articles by Kathryn Milligan, Conor Linnie, John T. Crawford, Sarah Harsh and Alexander E. Callaway. Most fascinating of all (with respect to the above contributors!) is the insightful interview with Thomas Kinsella by Adrienne Levy.

Half Moon Festival

 

half moon festival

 

Check out this wonderful festival curated by UCC students  that’s running from June 26th to 28th.   Criostóir Ó Loinsigh composed choral music to my own poem ‘Tionlacan’ and to a poem by Darragh Ó Caoimh. You can listen to the piece and to a podcast here on Friday 26th @12 midday.