London’s European Poetry Night


I’m delighted to participate in London’s first ever European Poetry Night as part of European Literature Festival in 2016. Curated by the inimitable, indefatigable SJ Fowler,  the event will feature 20 poets – from Iceland to Turkey, from Ireland to Russia, from France to Slovakia- sharing brand new collaborative poems, premiered on the night and written for the occasion, in pairs, across languages, styles & nations.

It all happens in the Rich Mix Theatre, on Saturday 14th of May at 7.30pm. A must for all London-based literature fans!


Featuring (subject to change)
Vanni Bianconi (Switzerland) & Billy Ramsell (Ireland)
Alessandro Burbank (Italy) & Alexander Filyuta (Russia / Germany)
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) & SJ Fowler (UK)
Ulrike Ulrich (Switzerland) & Jen Calleja (UK / Malta)
Nurduran Duman (Turkey) & Jonathan Morley (UK)
Christodoulos Makris (Ireland / Cyprus) & Martin Bakero (France)
Tomica Bajsic (Croatia) & Colin Herd (Scotland)
Ghareeb Iskander (UK) & Ahsan Akbar (UK)
Ariadne Radi Cor (Italy) & Iris Colomb (France)
Ana Seferovic (Serbia) & Agnieszka Studzinka (Poland)
Rufo Quintavalle (UK / France) & Ian Monk (UK / France)
Niillas Holmberg (Sami) & Peter Sulej (Slovakia)
Efe Duyan (Turkey) & Livia Franchini (Italy)


Leabhar na hAthgabhála / Poems of Repossession


55ca02e4a7f58Published by Bloodaxe Books, Leabhar na hAthgabhála is a major -and majorly comprehensive- critical anthology of modern poetry in Irish with English translations. Ably edited by Louis de Paor, it ranges from Patrick Pearse and  Liam S. Gógan via major figures like  Seán Ó Ríordáin and Máire Mhac an tSaoí to more recent poets like Gearóid Mac Lochlainn and Áine Ní Ghlinn.

The anthology has translations by some of Ireland’s most distinguished poets and translators, including Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin,  Maurice Riordan, Peter Sirr, David Wheatley and Mary O’Donoghue, I’m honoured that my own translations of Conleth Ellis have been included.

A response to to Seán Ó Tuama and Thomas Kinsella’s classic anthology,An Duanaire 1600-1900 / Poems of the Dispossessed, this volume is a superb act of cultural recuperation and essential reading fro anyone even remotely interested in contemporary Irish poetry!


Myself with Louis De Paor, Biddy Jenkinson and Colbert kearney at an event celebrating Leabhar na hAthgabhála at Cork City Library

Spotlight Reading at Alchemy Café







Delighted to be appearing as guest reader this very evening at Cork’s own Alchemy Café as part of the Spotlight Poetry Reading series.  Also featuring is Limerick’s Bam O’Grady as guest comedian.  Plus there’s an open mic! It all kicks of at

Alchemy Café is a special word-friendly venue, so if you’re Cork-based it’s definitely the place to be this evening..



Doolin Writers’ Weekend




I’m delighted to participate in this year’s Doolin Writers’ Weekend which takes place in that beautiful part of the world from the 4th to the 6th of March. It’s an amazing program, featuring Joseph O’Connor, Sonny Condell,  Danielle McLaughlin, Dermot Bolger and many more.  There’s also a publishing seminar from the amazing team behind Banshee magazine.

I’ll be reading on the Saturday at 3.30pm at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party along with Elaine Feeney, June Caldwell, E.M. Reapy, Neil McCarthy. If you’re anywhere within in driving distance this is definitely a festival not be missed!

2016 Poetry Ireland and Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary



I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded a Poet-in-Residence Bursary by Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre:

Poetry Ireland is pleased to announce the winners for the Poet-in-Residence Bursary offered by Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, kindly supported by McCarthy Insurance Group. The bursary caters for mid-career poets who need time away from other demands to focus on writing. In recognition of the exceptional quality of applications received, three poets have been awarded a one-week bursary each, to take place in spring 2016:

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to all concerned. And congratulations to fellow winners Maria McManus and Michael O’Loughlin.





Listening to Women 2016: Layla Claire & Deirdre Brenner

Layla Claire (soprano) & Deirdre Brenner (piano) perform ‘Epheu’ from Richard Strauss’s Madchenblumen Lieder

Deirdre+-+croppedPianist Deirdre Brenner has performed throughout the USA, UK, and Europe. A musician with a passion for chamber music and art song, she has appeared in venues including the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Kozerthaus, Arnold Schönberg Center (Vienna), Stadthalle (Bayreuth), Teatro Real (Madrid), Beurs van Berlage (Amsterdam), the National Concert Hall (Dublin), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. James-Picadilly (London), and the Hollywell Music Room (Oxford).

Originally from Massachusetts, USA, Deirdre earned a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in both Engineering Sciences and Music, and Master’s degrees from both the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Vienna Conservatory.She is co-founder of the Boyne Music Festival as well as Mosaïque, an innovative concert series in Vienna, Austria.

Me with Deirdre Brenner in Townley Hall at the Boyne Valley Music Festival 201

Me with Deirdre Brenner in Townley Hall at the Boyne Valley Music Festival 201

Canadian-born soprano Layla Claire is an expressive and experienced concert singer, laylasmallwho enjoys an ongoing collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with whom she performed Mahler’s Symphony No.2 under both James Levine and Michael Tilson Thomas and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under Bernard Haitink.

Claire made her main stage Metropolitan Opera debut while still a member of the Lindemann Program as Tebaldo (Don Carlo) under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and has since returned for several guest appearances including the creation of the role of Helena in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island under William Christie (available on Virgin Classics DVD), and as Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) under James Levine. She  demonstratef her versatility in her Washington National Opera debut as Blanche de la Force (Les dialogues des Carmélites) in a new production by Francesca Zambello, receiving universal critical acclaim.