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Listowel - New York International Residency Programme

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I'm excited to be taking part in the Listowel - New York International Residency programme 2024-25, a unique two-part residency aiming to connect artists from the experimental theatre, dance, and performance scenes in Ireland and New York City. Led by St John's Theatre & Arts Centre in Listowel, Co Kerry, and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Kerry County Arts Office, and the Irish Arts Center in New York City, this initiative supports 7 selected artists - four from Ireland and three from New York - to spend two weeks (20 May - 2 June 2024) in Listowel, a small town in north Co Kerry known for its literary heritage, and one week in January 2025 at the Irish Arts Centre in New York. I'm participating in this cool generative opportunity alongside six other artists operating in experimental performance modes and active in a range of artforms and locations: Anthony Keiger, Emily Davis, Gabriel Graves, Amanda Horowitz, Jane Deasy, and Hayley Stahl. According to the

European Poetry Festival (Ireland) 2024

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I'm partnering once again with Kildare County Council Arts and Libraries Service, Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare, and the European Poetry Festival through its director SJ Fowler, to co-programme my third European Poetry Festival event in Ireland, following editions in 2019 and 2022 . Thursday 2 May 2024, Riverbank Arts Centre. 7.30pm start. Click here to book your free ticket . Full details through the link, and below. A special event offering a unique approach to poetry in performance: 5 poets/artists based in Ireland and 4 visiting poets/artists from the rest of Europe pair up to produce brand new, specially commissioned collaborative works to premiere on the night. Representing a legacy of poet Christodoulos Makris’ spell as Writer in Residence at Maynooth University and Kildare County Council Arts & Library Service, this is his third programming partnership with European Poetry Festival to be presented at Riverbank Arts Centre . The European Poetry Festival

The Sound and Poetry of Ireland's Housing Data

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Join us on Tuesday 23 April 2024 in the Recital Hall at Technological University (TU) Dublin Conservatoire for the premiere of a new work - a sonic-poetic treatment of Ireland's housing data composed and performed in collaboration with David Bremner (piano) and Larissa O'Grady (violin). Produced and curated by David Bremner, and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, this project has been in development over several months during which David, Larissa and I engaged in regular generative sessions where we gathered, sifted, discussed, and crunched vast amounts of data - numerical and linguistic - from a wide range of sources including the Central Statistics Office, Council meetings and Dáil sessions, public testimonies and media reports, The Central Bank, Global Property Guides, and more, on the causes and effects of the severe housing crisis in Ireland. We then converted these data points directly to a multi-movement work for violin, piano, and text, through which patterns r

It Reeks of Radio: video interview and reading for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive

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A couple of months ago I was interviewed on film by Dr Lucy Collins, associate professor at University College Dublin (UCD) School of English, Drama and Film, about my book It Reeks of Radio  (BLR Editions, 2023). In the same session I also read some excerpts from the book. These videos have now been released by UCD Special Collections as part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive. They can be viewed on YouTube ( interview | reading ), on the Archive playlist , or below. The Irish Poetry Reading Archive  is "Ireland's only curated digital collection, where the voices of Irish poets, both North and South, doing readings, scholarly masterclasses, and in conversation, along with digital copies of poetry related materials (anthologies, programmes, posters) are preserved for future generations. Recordings are also made freely available in the UCD Digital Library." This is my second contribution to the Archive, following a bundle of poems from my second book The Architecture of

Reimagining Literature in a Digital Space: an Arts Council of Ireland study

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The Arts Council of Ireland recently published a profile on my work as a poet operating in a post-digital landscape, specifically in relation to  sorry that you were not moved , my digital project in collaboration with Kimberly Campanello that was released by Fallow Media in February 2022. This study of my work and our project is one of five such profile pieces commissioned by The Arts Council. It was produced in the context of  its new drive to support the Digital Arts in Ireland  and in connection with the recent launch of its  Digital Arts Policy . Titled 'Reimagining literature in a digital space' , the study was authored by Denise McDonagh of Culture Works , with an accompanying video element created by Kate Costello of Narrator & Co . It was composed following a transcribed informal conversation and interview with me - as director and lead artist on  sorry that you were not moved  - about the aims, development and impact of the project, as well as the conditions of m

'Is this a poem?' at Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)

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I'm very excited to announce my most ambitious curatorial project to date, which opens to the public today, Saturday 24 February 2024, at Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) in Dublin, and which will run until 21 July: Is this a Poem? is a mixed-media exhibition and event programme that collects works of poetry whose common characteristic is having been specifically conceived to operate beyond the page, sometimes in non-verbal modes. Accompanied by the tagline 'Adventures on the edge of an artform', Is this a poem? is an exhibition about poetry’s furthest frontiers. "Explore the entire museum to discover works of poetry that exist beyond the page: poems that are sound, sculpture, image, film, performances, software, and objects you can touch. The poems collected in this exhibition were mostly made in Ireland over the last decade, but are sometimes seen as a footnote to Irish poetry. Is this a poem? celebrates their playful capacity to surprise, challenge and inform

On the making of It Reeks of Radio in Poetry Ireland Review 141

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My essay on the making of the long poem that constitutes my most recent book  It Reeks of Radio  (BLR Editions, 2023) appears in the latest issue No. 141 of Poetry Ireland Review . Commissioned by the issue's guest editor,  Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe , my essay broadly considers the background interests that led to my decision to work with radio archives - and specifically with the archived correspondence around historical broadcasts on RTÉ Radio rather than the radio scripts themselves - my practical and compositional working process, and the considerations that led to the poem embedding a visual dimension and the result taking the form of a book. The concluding paragraph offers brief commentary on the tensions in the relationship between poetry - an artform that at its keenest exists in the hyper-present - and archival documents, and consequently on the concept of commemoration through poetry, as well as the democratising potential of public media, while inviting each reader to contr

The Stony Thursday Book No. 19 (Winter 2023)

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In March 2023 I accepted an invitation to edit the 45th edition (No. 19 in the new series) of The Stony Thursday Book , an annual anthology of contemporary poetry published by Limerick Arts Office and one of Ireland's longest running literary journals. A call for submissions  went out in April - and I'm now happy to report that the issue in question was published in November 2023. Its publication was marked by an event on 21 November at Belltable in Limerick City Centre, where the book was launched by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, followed by readings from poets featured in the issue. The Stony Thursday Book was founded in 1975 by poets John Liddy and Jim Burke. The new series is administered by Limerick Arts Office and benefits from the practice of a rotating editorship. Previous issues were edited by Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Martin Dyar, Nessa O'Mahony and Peter Sirr among others, with the compilation of the book relying exclusively on open submissions. I

Poetry Wales 59.2 (Winter 2023)

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I'm very happy that two poems from my book Contemporaneous Brand Strategy Document appear in the Winter 2023 issue of Poetry Wales . And I'm particularly pleased that an abridged version of a new essay of mine with title 'Just Your Imagination: The Case of the Absent Elusive Irish Avant-Garde' is also published in the issue. Founded in 1965 and currently edited by Zoë Brigley , Poetry Wales  is the national poetry magazine of Wales. It publishes contemporary poetry, features and reviews in its triannual print and digital magazine, and maintains an interest in translation and in local and national identities in a global context. Poetry Wales is open to tradition and experiment, publishing poetry from a wide range of approaches. My poems 'the stooges' and 'ruthlessly', taken from Contemporaneous Brand Strategy Document (Veer, 2023) , are among new poetry by over 40 poets from across the world printed in the issue. And among its features  Poetry Wales

Contemporaneous Brand Strategy Document: A Choral Reading at Dublin Art Book Fair 2023

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Join me on Saturday 9 December at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin for a participatory choral reading of poems from my book Contemporaneous Brand Strategy Document . The reading will be followed by an informal discussion with event host Wendy Erskine on polyphony in my work, the fragmentation of the lyric in contemporary poetry, and its implication on the dynamic between poet and audience. This event is part of the programme for Dublin Art Book Fair 2023 (7-17 December). The theme this year is 'Polyphonic' , with the associated programme of talks, readings, workshops, and participatory events curated by Wendy Erskine . Dublin Art Book Fair is Ireland’s leading art book fair and centre for artist books, and this year marks its 13th edition. Taking place in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios , it champions small, creative and independent publishers, and both Irish and international artist books. Within this mix, over 500 newly published and unusual publications on art, design, v