Christine Murray of Poethead has kindly published a selection of my poems in her extensive Index of Women Poets, including ‘Lifelike’ and ‘Family Portraits’. This is particularly a treat for me, as Christine is a poet I’ve long admired since first reading her poems in Southword Journal. I particularly appreciate in how her work manages emotional intensity without relying on the crutch of narrative, which is something I often find myself tied to. Along with that of Anamaría Crowe Serrano and Mairead Byrne, her work has been a guiding example for me of what contemporary poetry can do.
Also delighted that my poem ‘Planning Permission’ will be re-published in this Tuesday’s Irish Examiner. (Sadly, hard copy only, as their Tuesday Poems series is no longer published online.) This poem originally appeared in my Smithereens Press chapbook ‘Rootless’ and was shortlisted by Sarah Clancy in the Over the Edge New Writer Competition in 2013.
Finally: Over at Long Story, Short Journal, writers who include a screenshot of their receipt of donation to the Calais refugee crisis will be eligible for one of three chances to win an extensive one-to-one consultation on their short story. More details on the submissions guidelines page.
I’m delighted to announce my début chapbook of poetry has just been published with Smithereens Press. Rootless is now free to read online. I first discovered Smithereens as a reader when searching for poetry by Christine Murray, and found even more offerings by poets I also admired including Doireann Ní Ghríofa, David Wheatley, Colm Scully and Tom French. There I also read Dylan Brennan and Billy Mills for the first time, poets whose work I’ve been taking note of ever since. It’s been important to me to find a ‘home’ for my writing where I could feel some pride in residency, and going on the strength of the work at Smithereens, it was a real buzz to receive an acceptance letter from editor Kenneth Keating. Kenneth was fantastic to work with, encouraging me to follow a more contemporary approach to structure, rather than forcing them into the traditional shapes the poems were resisting. (And how about this amazing image he found for the cover by Margus Kyttä?) For this experience, I’m grateful. http://smithereenspress.com/
Long Story, Short Journal is proud to be featured at the 2015 Cork International Short Story Festival, where editor Jennifer Matthews will be introducing readings by two contributors: Eimear Ryan and Susan Burke-Trehy. Join us for a free reading at the Cork Central Library, Grand Parade at 2.30PM on Wednesday 23 September 2015. For more information about this and other festival events (including readings by Claire Keegan, Danielle McLaughlin, Kirsty Gunn, and more), visit the Cork International Short Story Festival website.