Edited by Dave Lordan and published by New Island in association with RTÉ, New Planet Cabaret is an anthology of new writing prompted by an on-air creative writing course co-ordinated by Lordan that ran on RTÉ Radio's arts programme 'Arena' between December 2012 and June 2013. The anthology includes the best of the entries out of its series of competitions along with work from a number of specially-commissioned writers, intermixed and broken down into thematic sections. New Planet Cabaret attempts, in Dave's words, to "bring to print and to radio an anthology in the explicitly cross-genre or even Trans-spirit of the generation of collaborators, hybridisers, experimenters, and mutual inspirers I’m so happy and proud to be a part of".
The list of writers featured in the anthology includes Colm Keegan, Kevin Higgins, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Billy Ramsell, Sarah Clancy, Dimitra Xidous, Jennifer Matthews, Jinx Lennon, Sarah Griffin, Raven, Paul Casey, Abby Oliveira, Kit Fryatt, Máighréad Medbh, Elaine Feeney, Temper-Mental MissElayneous and Karl Parkinson among many others.
My poem 'Daddy, Why did you Call me Bastard?', composed out of fragments overheard over a single day in 2010 around Dublin city, appears in the section with title 'Sluminosity'.
New Planet Cabaret will be launched on Friday 22 November at the Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane in Dublin's Temple Bar. The launch will be broadcast on RTÉ radio as a full 'Arena' programme from 7pm to 8pm.
All proceeds from the sale of New Planet Cabaret go to the Writers In Schools project which supports young writers.