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!
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
Buíochas ó chroí to Louis de Paor and Claire Cunningham for including me in the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘No Egos No Divas’ which was broadcast today. Great to hear the articulate voices of Doireann Ní Ghriofa, Aifric Mac Aodha, Simon Ó Faoláin, Marcus Mac Conghail, Seámus Barra Ó Súilleabháin and Caitlín Nic Íomhair in full flow. You can listen back to it here.
It was wonderful to visit Florence/Firenze recently to read with Billy Ramsell and his Italian translator, Lorenzo Mari. Very grateful to my friend Debora Biancheri who translated some of my poems to Italian some years ago. These translations were read on this occasion by writer Giovanni Agnoloni who hosted the event at the gorgeous L’Ora Blu bookshop. Grazie a tutti!
Here is a link to the podcast Words Lightly Spoken which was posted on the RTÉ website yesterday. With thanks to the producer, Claire Cunningham.
In this episode of the new Arts Council-funded podcast Words Lightly Spoken, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh reads her poem Filleadh ón Antartach, and the English translation, Return from Antarctica, by Billy Ramsell, from her collection The Coast Road, published by The Gallery Press.
It was lovely to read with Leanne O’Sullivan on Saturday afternoon at the Cork International Poetry Festival. John Fitzgerald introduced us and facilitated the Q&A afterwards. Really enjoyed the festival from start to finish. Kudos to Pat Cotter, James O’Leary and the Munster Literature Centre.