Here's the video to watch back from the Fly on the Wall Press Performance group reading from Sunday 19th July. Thank you everyone for listening live and all your kind words, and to editor Isabelle Kenyon for inviting me to read.
I've started the Fill Your Books! blog of micro-interviews with writers and creatives talking about their favourite books and authors.
During lockdown, things were on pause as life demanded focus elsewhere. But now new interviews are online; each interview consists of five questions, highlighting current and past reading habits. Recent interviewees include Maureen Boyle, Glen Wilson, Tanya Farrelly, Colin Hassard and David Butler.
The blog is available at https://fillyourbooks.blogspot.com
I've taken a step back on the old poetry front during lockdown as I've been working full time, and my priority has been supporting my team. BUT the new issue of The Honest Ulsterman is out now, for which I've interviewed two poets whose debut launches were upended by the pandemic: Linda McKenna talking about her new collection In The Museum of Misremembered Things (Doire Press) and (full scale nepotism alert) Geraldine O'Kane, on her collection Unsafe (Salmon Poetry), forthcoming this summer.
The Dogs of Humanity has been shortlisted in the Best Poetry Pamphlet category for the Saboteur Awards!
Big thanks to them and my publisher Fly On The Wall Press (who are also shortlisted in the Most Innovative Publisher and Best Anthology categories).
Public voting is now open if you would like to support the pamphlet and Fly On The Wall. Thank you in advance for your vote!
VIRTUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
As we're all staying inside for the Easter, and not partaking in traditional egg hunts, I've hidden four Easter eggs around the pages of my website for you to find.
The eggs look like this: 🐣
Have a look around the website, and make a note of the web addresses (URLs) that the eggs are on.
If you can find all four, fill in the form on this page and you'll be entered into a competition to win a free copy of my latest book, The Dogs of Humanity!
Winner announced on Tuesday 14th April. UPDATE: Well done to the winner, Stuart Buck!
My poem, "The New Normal", is the opening poem of a new e-chapbook from The /temz/ Review, "March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology", and you can get a copy of it in a very unique way!
Just make a donation or purchase that supports an independent bookstore, a small press, an artist-support fund, a food bank, or a crisis fund for a disadvantaged or marginalized community. There is no minimum contribution amount.
Email your receipt to either 845 Press (email@example.com) or Collusion Books (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive both a PDF copy of "March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology" AND the access password to view another great online chapbook, "Is It Less Lonely Like This: isolation collaborations".
Receipts must be dated March 1, 2020 or later.
Support others. We are all in this together.