The new issue of Dublin Review of Books is out, containing my review of Louis Mulcahy's The Potter's Book, available from Doire Press.
"The risk with any collection focusing heavily on one particular theme is in alienating the reader; if you aren’t familiar with the theme in hand, then why should you invest in the writing? The challenge is of course for the language to ascend beyond mere description and terminology, and to draw us in through the personal. This cannot simply be poetry by someone with an intimate knowledge of ceramics; we need to believe that only Mulcahy could have written this, that only he is at the centre of this work, cracking it open like terracotta under thermal expansion, to let us see the inner workings."
This is my first review for DRB, honoured to be a small part of their fine work!
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