Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Language and Migration symposium at NUI Galway & Fingal Libraries' Write Time festival

On Friday 29 September I will give a talk & performance at 'My Story: My Words' - a symposium on Language and Migration at NUI Galway.

Developed under the Irish Research Council's 'New Foundations' scheme in partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and organised by Aine O'Connor and Andrea Ciribuco of The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at NUI Galway, the symposium brings together scholars and practitioners in the fields of translation, new media, visual art, film, theatre and poetry, and will run for the full day in the Hardiman Research Building.

The title of my talk is 'Travelling Light: Shedding Poetry's National Baggage', and will consist of fragments from an essay I've been re-working which considers poetry from the position of the trans- or post-national mind, interspersed with my own poetry.

In the run up to the symposium I was interviewed by Andrea Ciribuco on my writing and its relation to themes that will be examined during the symposium. This interview is not intended to be published in full, but it will be used together with responses from other artists and writers within a research report to institutions.

Full symposium programme:


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A few days before that, on Saturday 23 September, I will give a workshop on Found Poetry in Malahide Library as part of Fingal Libraries' Write Time festival. Attendance is free, but spaces are limited and registration is essential. At the time of writing there are a couple of slots left. Contact Malahide Library (01-8704430 / malahidelibrary@fingal.ie) if interested.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Paris Lit Up no. 4

A new poem with title 'Lady Liberty with a deaths head visage...' is included in Paris Lit Up no. 4, nominally published in 2016 but out just last month.

This fourth edition of Paris Lit Up magazine - published by the Paris-based umbrella organisation of the same name that maintains an emphasis on transnational writers, artists and musicians - arrives, as the editors write in their foreword, at a crossroads: "as the world darkens with increasingly rigid identities, we ask ourselves how our creative endeavours can contest this narrowing vision". An answer appears in the notion of trans- ("transnational, transgressive, transitional, translational") which is the overall theme and title of the issue.

My piece is included in one of two specially curated sections: Malik Crumpler & Pansy Maurer-Alvarez (Poets Live) and Jennifer K Dick (Ivy Writers Paris) invited a small selection of participants in their respective series to contribute to the issue. I'm very happy to be part of the Poets Live section alongside Freke Räihä, Edmund Hardy, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, David Ishaya Osu, Kimberly Campanello, Nina Zivancevic, Christophe Lamiot Enos, and Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.

My thanks to Pansy and Malik for asking, and for publishing my work.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Subcritical Tests, by Ailbhe Darcy & SJ Fowler (gorse editions)

It was a total pleasure and a privilege to work with Ailbhe & Steven as editor of this extraordinary book. My interventions were minimal, in truth, since the concept and execution of the work, despite or because of the presence of two individually strong poetic sensibilities, was of the highest order. Having witnessed this collaboration at its genesis while we toured together in September 2014 I was hardly surprised by this, and I'm very proud to be associated with this work.


Subcritical Tests, a book of poetry by Ailbhe Darcy & SJ Fowler, with cover design and interior illustrations by Niall McCormack, is now out. Subcritical Tests is the first title published by gorse editions.

"The nearness of nuclear holocaust, always just one clumsy accident away, forms an entry point into this record of a friendship. The poems in Subcritical Tests stubbornly make connections, ever conscious of the impending threat of annihilation. Oblique, modern, lyrical, humorous, these poems represent the range of Ailbhe Darcy and SJ Fowler‘s individual practices, modulated and melded through the collaborative process."



We will hold two launch events for Subcritical Tests. Please join us at either (or both!) if you can:
  • On Monday 10 July we'll be at Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Putney Street, Soho, London, for an evening with gorse featuring readings from Niven Govinden, Susana Medina and Colm O'Shea, followed by the presentation of Subcritical Tests.
  • On Wednesday 12 July we'll be at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, for the book's Dublin launch.

About gorse editions:
gorse editions was set up in 2017. We are a boutique imprint devoted to finding and publishing the best innovative writing, from home and elsewhere. gorse editions is closely connected to our journal, and will act as a natural extension of themes and issues encompassing ideas and conversations already begun in our pages.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Phonica: Six


Phonica: Six

Monday 17 July 2017
7.30pm 
Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre
Admission: €7.00 / €5.00

with
Lina Andonovska
Jessica Foley
IRIDE PROJECT
Claire Potter
Billy Ramsell
Nazgul Shukaeva



 


Phonica: Six will feature performances from a host of trailblazing and award-winning Irish and international writers, musicians and artists working in the realms of new and electroacoustic music, contemporary poetry, installation and audio-visual composition, improvisational writing, telecommunications research, ethno-jazz, and more.

Phonica is a primarily poetry and music series with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, programmed and hosted since early 2016 by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.


Featured Artists:

Quickly gaining recognition internationally as a fearless and versatile artist, flautist Lina Andonovska has collaborated and performed with Crash Ensemble (Ireland), Australian Chamber Orchestra, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), s t a r g a z e, Southern Cross Soloists (Aus) and eighth blackbird (USA). Critically acclaimed for her interpretation of new music, Rolling Stone Magazine hailed her performance at Bang on a Can Summer Festival as “superbly played”. As an orchestral player, Lina has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was co-principal flute of the Southbank Sinfonia (UK) and has appeared with Australia’s major symphony orchestras. At the age of 21, Lina held a fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where she recorded and performed all of Prokofiev’s orchestral works as guest Principal Piccolo under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. As soloist she has performed concerti with the Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded the prestigious Freedman Fellowship in 2013 and recently completed an Asialink residency where she used her skills as a classical musician to help initiate Timor-Leste’s first locally run classical music school. She has been three times artist-in- residence at the Banff Centre and Crash Ensemble’s musician-in- residence in 2015. Recent performance credits include the Tokyo Experimental Festival, Bang on a Can Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sacrum Profanum, Dublin Theatre Festival, BBC Proms, Metropolis New Music Festival, City of London Festival and GAIDA New Music Festival. Upcoming performances include the premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s new opera The Second Violinist to be premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival.

Jessica Foley works as a writer, dramaturge and audio-visual artist. Her work is often generated collaboratively and performed through improvisation, choreography and audio-visual compositions and staging. Since 2010 she has worked in the academic context of telecommunications research at Trinity College Dublin. She is writer-in-residence with CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland centre for future networks and communications, where she co-devises approaches to research storytelling through improvisational writing, conversation and audio-casting. Jessica is currently working on an experimental non-fiction collection based upon field-notes generated during her Ph.D. research with the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR).

The IRIDE PROJECT investigate nondeterministic electroacoustic music and soundemphasis poetry making use of conventional and unconventional instruments, piezoelectric transducers, field recordings, electronics, spoken word, and a Doepfer A100 modular analogue synthesizer. Massimo Daví is a pianist, composer, sound artist and holds a Master's Degree in Music. Monica Miuccio is a Poet and Performer. Her literary works were awarded and featured in prestigious publications. Their works were performed in Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Macedonia, UK, Czech Republic and Spain and featured on RTÉ Lyric FM program Nova curated by Bernard Clarke. The Duo participated at international festivals and convocations such as Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocations and “Prague Quadrennial Of Sound Design and Space” in Czech Republic.

Claire Potter, an artist writer from Merseyside, works with live, published and recorded text, installation and performance. Claire’s work addresses modes of speaking and reading to bring considerations of narratology, affect and methods of articulation to the attention of audiences. Claire organises Shady Dealings With Language, an interdisciplinary event series for art and performance writing in the UK. Recent works include CHAVSCUMBOSS, performance, Colour Out Of Space, UK, 2016; Touching, performance, Lydgalleriet, NOR, 2016; Lads of Aran, visual essay in Bodies that Remain (Punctum, 2017); Lads Rites, visual essay in Sites of Research (OAR Platform, 2017).

Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. He has published two collections with Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasures in 2007 and The Architect’s Dream of Winter in 2013, which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. He was awarded the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and the Poetry Ireland Residency Bursary for 2015. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals and literary events around the world. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.

Nazgul Shukaeva was born in Kazakhstan, and is a vocalist and performer of contemporary classical, jazz and improvised music, combining the ancient technique of throat singing "kai" with modern elements, creating something previously inaudible and invisible. She studied piano and choral conducting in Alma-Ata music college and received a degree in vocal studies at Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow in the class of Professor Afanasiev. From 1985 to 1991 Nazgul participated in vocal competitions throughout the former USSR winning various awards. She has been studying the properties and characteristics of sound and voice for over 30 years and for the past 10 years the various quantum processes of sound healing. Since 2006 she has been based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her own projects include ethno-jazz ensemble "Asia Tengri" focused on the new interpretation of traditional Kazakh music and “Lord’s Prayer” reimagining gospel sounds in the context of modern world. As a soloist of Kiev Chamber Orchestra she performed music by leading Ukrainian contemporary composers among which Svyatoslav Luniev and Victoria Poleva, giving the world premiere of mono-opera "Alice in Wonderland" in 2013. Other collaborative projects are Elena Leonova’s “That Crazed Girl” based on W.B.Yeats poetry, Andrew Arnautov’s «Triangular matrix» and Olesia Zdorovetska’s “ERA”.


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Phonica acknowledges generous funding support from The Arts Council of Ireland under its Festivals and Events Scheme.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

CORDA #1

I'm very happy to be contributing to the first issue of CORDA, a new biannual magazine published in London and exploring communal experience of connections in a time of new borders. Started in direct response to the Brexit vote, and edited by Livia Franchini with art direction by Sean P Haughton, CORDA publishes both writing and visual material.

My contribution has the title 'tanks rolled through our streets', and it is a borderless mashup of testimonies by young mother refugees to the US and 'below-the-line' commentary on the online article in which they were published.

Thanks to Livia Franchini for asking and for publishing this piece, and kudos to Liv and Sean for creating a space for writers & artists across Europe and elsewhere to "grieve/rage/celebrate friendship together in the wake of Brexit".

Full list of contributors to CORDA #1: Cecilia Zoe Grandi, Ginevra Shay, Craig Clark & Caterina Pinzauti, Laura Merizalde & Dizz Tate, Jade King, Flaminia Cavagnaro, Katy Cotterell, Aria Aber, Adriana Rodrigues, Serena Braida, Christodoulos Makris, Rebecca Tamás, Lauren Sedger, Alexander Townend & Emily Jane McCartan, Eley Williams, Sarah E. Pace, Maria Cecilia Tedemalm, Simon Barraclough, Joe Briggs, Cliodhna Walsh, Katrine Dybbroe Møller, SJ Fowler & Ariadne Radi Cor, Thomas Chadwick, Dan Negară, Eilidh Urquhart & Caterina Pinzauti, Sapphira Frankl-Slater, Efe Duyan, Livia Franchini & Efe Duyan, Thom Dinsdale, Alice Ash, Charlotte Heather, TM Leach.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

January - April 2017: a recap

The year has started pretty full on, and this is far from a complaint. Taking advantage of a couple of hours of lull, I've put together this recap with some thoughts on a selection of my recent activities on various fronts (news on publications will follow on separate posts):

I'm proud and excited to be working with Ailbhe Darcy and SJ Fowler to bring their collaborative book of poetry Subcritical Tests, the first title in our emerging gorse editions, to print. Quite apt since the book has its roots in the collaborative poetry tour Yes But Are We Enemies from 2014 - the extension of Steven's Enemies Project into Ireland which I produced and co-curated, and for which Ailbhe was one of the core poets. Cover and internal artwork is by the ever-brilliant Niall McCormack; there's also a short trailer film made by Conor Friel inspired by the material in the book. Preorders and launch details soon.

Issue 10 of gorse will be a special collectors', commission-only issue which I’m editing in full, with the interlinked and ongoing commissioning, editorial & curatorial process underway. All contributions to gorse no. 10, which will be published in a form that slightly deviates from that of the 'regular' issues, respond to a specific subject... More to be revealed over the coming months (the issue is due out in September) but I wanted to note how excited I am to be working with some amazing writers and artists from across Europe and the Americas towards it. gorse no. 9 will precede that, of course, to be published in July, and I’m currently in the process of editing the poetry section out of open submissions and invited contributions.

Phonica: Five took place on Monday 24 April, "a triumph" according to an email I received a couple of days later. From the vantage point of co-curating and hosting the event, all performances in their full range and impact were greatly enjoyable. Making use of the facilities afforded to us by our new partner venue, the stunning Boys School space at Smock Alley Theatre, enables us to showcase the work of our guests in more complexity that we could before. The professionalism of the technical staff at the venue in responding to our guests' vision ensured that the cross-pollinating, multidisciplinary aspect which is at the core of Phonica came through. I'm convinced the material on offer both delighted and challenged our audience, even if, inevitably, to varying degrees for different people. And that's a strength of Phonica, I believe. Thanks to my co-programmer Olesya Zdorovetska for wonderfully orchestrating the technical requirements and for documenting the event. Thanks also to Bernard Clarke at Nova on Lyric FM and Therese Kelly from RTÉ Arena for requesting and broadcasting work from some of our guest artists in advance of the show. I look forward to Phonica: Six (Monday 17 July) already!

My long weekend in St Andrews as StAnza Festival's Digital Poet in Residence for 2017 was an early year highlight. Aside from catching up, briefly or at length, with some old friends in poetry and otherwise, and meeting some great new poets & people, I enjoyed presenting my work to an attentive audience that made the effort to come along early on a Saturday morning to listen to me speak about my approach to poetry. What was billed and began as a talk by me morphed, as was in fact my intention and hope, into a multi-pronged discussion with most people in the audience contributing something valuable to the conversation. Thanks to Andy Jackson for his introduction and management of the event. In my capacity as 'in residence' I remained active for the entirety of the weekend, and therefore found it an intense experience - a challenge I quite enjoyed meeting, especially as I watched each piece I produced over the five days of the festival departing my laptop and being installed, both physically and digitally, in various positions and locations in The Byre Theatre. Special thanks must go to the indefatigable Annie Rutherford for all her work in making all of this come together.

A couple of weeks prior to St Andrews I was in Nicosia, and very happy to read at the Neoterismoi Toumazou space in the old town as a guest of the Neo Toum collective in partnership with Moufflon Bookshop - an established hub of literature and art not only in the island but also the Middle East and beyond. Reading from recent work to a mixed art & literature audience, as well as an Irish contingent that included the Irish Ambassador to Cyprus, I was pleased to receive some enthusiastic responses to the work. One of these led to an impromptu improvised collaboration with sound artist Pan Mina, to be released eventually in some form... Maria Toumazou, Orestis Lazouras and Marina Xenofontos, collectively Neoterismoi Toumazou, have made a mark on a vibrant art scene in the island in a short space of time with their blend of fashion, art, design, poetry, publishing and performance, and it was great to learn while I was there that they would be special guests at the Cyprus Pavilion during this year's Venice Biennale.

A pleasure also to be involved in Poetry Now 2017 as part of the Mountains to Sea festival in Dun Laoghaire. Poetry Now curator Alice Lyons’ intention when she sought to involve gorse in the festival was to present a multidisciplinary event with an innovative/experimental edge as exemplified by the material we publish – and I thought that through the performances of Aodán McCardle and Suzanne Walsh, as well as the presentation of my own work from if we keep drawing cartoons, we went some way towards achieving that. The event ended with a reception launching gorse no. 8, with Dimitra Xidous reading from her excellent essay ‘We Cannot Be Trusted With Chairs’ that opens the issue.

Two more readings in April bring us (more or less) up to date. On Saturday 15th I was the 'literary' representative at the long-running, primarily music series Listen At, which currently takes place upstairs at Arthurs Pub on Thomas Street. It was an eclectic affair, and I was particularly struck by the collaboration between experimental composer and pianist Martin O'Leary & uillean piper Mick O'Brien, which though on the surface appeared slightly counterintuitive I thought worked brilliantly. I felt my reading divided the audience: some wondering what the hell I was reading and whether this was poetry, and some responsive to and expressing keen interest in my approach.

And on Sunday 30 April I read upstairs in another Dublin pub, this time Devitts on Camden Street, as part of an event called Cross-Atlantic Readings which was organised by Julie Morrissy in conjunction with the Canada 150 Conference at UCD. Three Dublin writers (Julie, Sue Rainsford, and myself) 'opened' for four writers from Canada presenting varying approaches to writing. An excellent evening of readings through which I was particularly interested to encounter the work of Gregory Betts.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

gorse No. 8

‘Excuse me but I just have to explode this body off me…’

gorse no. 8 is now out, featuring essays by Alice Butler, Sinéad Gleeson, Diarmuid Hester, Richard Kovitch, and Dimitra Xidous; fiction by Sheila Armstrong, Alex McElroy, Colm O'Shea, David Rose, and Hugh Smith; interviews with Dragana Jurisic (by Orla Fitzpatrick), and Ulay (by Margarita Meklina); Irish by Máirtín Coilféir, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, and Alan Titley.

I'm pleased to be publishing poetry by Ivy Alvarez in the form of six multifarious poems; 'Aristophanes' People', a sequence by Kevin Cahill on gender diversity and the boundaries of the gender construct; three full colour brut art poems by SJ Fowler exploring handwriting, markmaking, illustration and legibility; and four poems by Melissa Lee-Houghton from a recent body of work.

Susan Tomaselli's editorial, taking in among others Claude Cahun, Kathy Acker and Francis Bacon, is published online, and is accessible with a password printed in each copy.

Cover artwork and design is, as ever, by Niall McCormack.

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Join us for launch 2.0 (The City launch) on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 7.30pm in The Liquor Rooms (5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2) with readings by Sheila Armstrong, Sinéad Gleeson, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Colm O’Shea, and Dimitra Xidous.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Phonica: Five

Phonica returns with an exciting new partner venue and expanded international dimension! Full details below:


Phonica: Five

Monday 24 April 2017
7.30pm 
Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre
Admission: €6.00 / €4.00

with
Estevo Creus & Keith Payne
Kate Ellis
Laura Hyland
Anthony Kelly & David Stalling
Robert Herbert McClean
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir


 

Phonica: Five features six exciting acts from Ireland, Spain and Iceland presenting a blend of songwriting and sound improvisation; poetry incorporating architecture and design; ‘musique concrète’; translation; poetry and audiovisual art; cello and electronics; and subversions of the expectations around spoken word performance.

Phonica is a primarily poetry and music series with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, programmed and hosted since early 2016 by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.



Estevo Creus was a founding member of the poetry publishing house Letras de Cal and of the theatre group Talía. His collections include: Poemas da cidade oculta (Edicións Xerais, 1996), Areados (Miguel González Garcés Prize, Deputación de A Coruña 1996), Teoría do Lugar (Eusebio Lorenzo Baleirón Prize, Edicións de O Castro, 1999), Decrúa (Fiz Vergara Vilariño Prize, Espiral Mayor, 2003), Facer merzbau non ou posible? (Non Ou Edicións, 2007). O libro dos cans (Franouren Ediciones, 2010), Balea2 (Edicións Positivas, 2011). Creus is a member of the group Non Ou Edicións and of the multidisciplinary company Traspediante. He is currently collaborating with the pianist Pablo Seoane in No Lugar do Lugar, an improv. poetry and music show. "He is indebted to the European avant-garde, in particular to Dadaist rebelliousness, radical dislocation, and deep distrust of language".

Keith Payne is the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award winner for 2015-2016. His debut collection Broken Hill (Lapwing Publications, 2015) was followed by Six Galician Poets (Arc Publications, 2016). He is founder and co-director of POEMARIA Festival of Poetry, Vigo and The La Malinche Readings. He lives in Vigo, Galicia with his partner the musician Su Garrido Pombo, where he translates both from Galego and Spanish.

Robert Herbert McClean is an experimental writer and audio-visual artist. His work has appeared in The White Review, gorse, The Irish Times, and Poetry Ireland Review. His debut book Pangs! (2015) is available from Test Centre, and his debut album, ∞ - aka Infinity (2016) was released by Blank Editions.

Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and musician. Her work often involves the structure of invisible things and she is known for her unusual poetic bridge between artistic mediums.

Laura Hyland is an artist and composer from Wexford. She performs solo, and with her group Clang Sayne which she initiated in 2008 to combine her interests in songwriting and sound improvisation, and with whom she will release her 2nd album, The Round Soul of the World later this month. Her music has been described as "exhilarating in its refusal to conform" (The Wire magazine, UK), and "showing an uncategorisable approach to songcraft" (Tokafi magazine DE). Her current solo performance incorporates poetry, traditional and contemporary folk song, voice and guitar improvisation, spoken word and storytelling.

Anthony Kelly & David Stalling have been collaborating on a series of sound and visual works since 2003. Together they make sound and video installations. Their work encompasses a shared practice of recycling ‘objets trouveés’ of sound, visual and text material in their ongoing collaborative sessions. The juxtaposition of contrasting material results in a series of audio/ visual ‘musique concrète’ pieces. Kelly and Stalling also perform live improvisations, as a duo as well as with others, including Strange Attractor, The Quiet Club, Robert Curgenven and Jennifer Walshe. Some of their recent performances include listen | compose | perform, Henrietta Street, Dublin, In-stream, Ulster University, Belfast; Just Listening, LSAD Limerick; the i-and-e festival, Dublin; They founded the sound art label Farpoint Recordings in 2005, publishing projects by artists such as Quiet Music Ensemble, Karen Power, Stephen Vitiello, Fergus Kelly and Linda O’Keeffe, and many others alongside their own work.

Kate Ellis is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance of New and World Music. As Cellist and artistic director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group, Kate has performed and broadcast throughout Ireland, Europe, Australia and the US. She is a member of Ergodos Musicians, Tarab and Yurodny, three ensembles exploring the interpretation of traditional and contemporary music, and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Tom Jones, Martin Hayes, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey amongst others. Kate released a CD of new works for Cello and Electronics on the Diatribe label in 2014. “Kate Ellis has an admirable reputation as an instinctive and technically brilliant musician” - The Irish Examiner.


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Phonica acknowledges generous funding support from The Arts Council of Ireland under its Festivals and Events Scheme.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A review of The Architecture of Chance on DURA & an article on my StAnza Residency on The List

I'm happy to note that reviews of my second book The Architecture of Chance keep appearing, more than two years after publication. The most recent, written by Stephanie Koetsier for Dundee University Review of the Arts (DURA), was part of a series of reviews of books by poets who participated in the 2017 edition of StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival in St Andrews, at the beginning of March.

In the review, published just days before the festival, Koetsier calls the collection "unique" and finds that the work in it "challenges the preconceived structures" of poetry. It is "the epitome of the contemporary poet’s working breadth and depth," she writes.

My thanks to Stephanie Koetsier and DURA for their interest.

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While in St Andrews I spoke to journalist Rebecca Monks for an article about my Digital Residency at StAnza 2017 that she was preparing for Scotland's arts and entertainment magazine thelist.co.uk, and which appeared shortly after the end of the festival. Thanks to Rebecca for her interest and questions.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

gorse reading at Mountains to Sea Book Festival

On Friday 24 March I'll be reading with Aodán McCardle and Suzanne Walsh as part of a gorse showcase reading at Mountains to Sea Book Festival in Dun Laoghaire.

The event is part of the Poetry Now strand of the festival programme, and it is billed as "a sampling of poets working at the boundaries of performance, visual art and poetry whose work has appeared in gorse, the Dublin-based journal that has quickly established itself as an exciting presence on the European literary scene". It takes place at dlr LexIcon, The Studio with a start time of 8.30pm. Tickets are €10 / €8 conc.

The reading will be followed by a reception marking the publication of gorse No. 8.

Thanks to Alice Lyons, Poetry Now curator at Mountains to Sea, for inviting gorse to be involved in this year's edition. PN2017 boasts an exciting lineup also including readings from Vona Groarke, Paula Meehan, Mairéad Byrne, Matthew Welton, Sarah Howe, Nick Laird, Michael Longley, Fanny Howe, Harry Clifton, Katie Donovan, Vahni Capildeo and Stephen Sexton.