The new edition of The Honest Ulsterman is out today!
I've interviewed two amazing Irish women writers for this issue: Jess Traynor, about her new collection The Quick from Dedalus Press; and Niamh Boyce, about her new poetry book, Inside The Wolf.
The ever-considerate and supportive Rob McLennan has interviewed me for his 20 questions series, about my book 'the x of y' and my writing.
There are 19 questions here, the 20th is an unwritten mystery.
For National Poetry Day, we put out a 24-hour writing challenge on Poetry NI: to write a poem on the theme of 'change'. Poets had precisely 24 hours to respond to the challenge, write a new poem, and send it in to us.
We're delighted with the results and that so many decided to take up the task. The result is this free e-pamphlet, Changing Verses in Midstream. Within, you'll find poems from Órla Fay. Trudie Gorman, David Braziel, Glen Wilson, Siobhan Elvis Atkins, Peter Adair, Jane Robinson, Jessamine O Connor, Geraldine O'Kane, K. S. Moore, Trish Bennett, Andrew Roycroft, Rosie Burrows and myself
Special thanks also to the Year 10 pupils from The Archer Academy in East Finchley, North London, who held a special writing special in school, in answer to our challenge. Well done all of them!
Happy reading, and happy National Poetry Day!
Thurs 9th Jan, 2020, 11am
Writing and Mental Health (First Fortnight Festival)
Stillorgan Library, Dublin
Thurs 20th Feb, 2020, 7pm
Lit Up (with Geraldine O'Kane)
The ARC, Community Arts Partnership, Belfast