Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Launch of On Light & Carbon

I just wanted to make a quick post to thank all those who made it along to my launch last week in the Teachers' Club, Dublin, as well as those who couldn't be there and sent kind messages.

Here are a few pictures from the evening!

Having a quick cig before starting when my cousin Owen O'Connor caught me on film - or I guess, pixels. A massive thanks to him for all the wonderful shots from the night.

Inside, I introduce Theo Dorgan. Naturally, I was extremely grateful to have him taking the time to read the collection and coming along to say some words about it.

Theo spoke with his usual wicked charm, not to mention his deeply lucid and sharp observations about the work. He made a better summary of it, and its themes, than I could have managed. I was truly honoured to have him there to launch the vessel.

After the fantastic intro, I read a selection of poems from the book.

One thank you I forgot to make on the night was to my great friend and artist Brian Walsh who conceived the cover design for this one; and to Mike Fortune-Wood for doing such a lovely job developing it!

Then there were copies to be signed, thankfully...

And we finished the evening - as we started it - with some beautiful music by my cousin Mick O'Brien on uileann pipes and his daughter, Ciara, on fiddle. It was a real pleasure to have them there and play so well.

And to end, a final pic of a happy poet!

Again, thanks to all who made it along on a chilly but clear November evening, and to those who couldn't but I know would've like to, if they could've made it.

So the book is launched and only now feels properly published. Which brings me to a final, massive, thank you to my publishers Adele Ward and Mike Fortune-Wood, of Ward Wood Publishing, for getting my words out there into the world.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Some new poems online...

This is just a quick post to draw your attention to some poems I've published recently online from my forthcoming collection, On Light & Carbon.

So, firstly, here are two shortish poems - including the title poem - that appeared in the Burning Bush II online journal a little earlier in the year. I'll have a few more in the next edition, due shortly, and it's well well worth checking out the other poets included.


Another very new and exciting online journal is The Galway Review. You'll find a more substantial selection of five poems from the book on their website. Again, you'll discover some really excellent poets and prose writers on the site.


Hope you enjoy the poems, folks, if you're so inclined to read them, and I'm sure a few more will creep out into the cyber-world before publication day.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Articles and Interviews

I've been a very lazy blogger indeed this last year or more. In my defense, I've been working hard on writing my second collection and feel I have just crawled from my cave, blinking into the daylight! I very much hope to step things up and post more as I approach the publication of said second collection, On Light & Carbon, in October.

In the meantime, here are some links to various articles and interviews I've done over the last 18 months or so, mostly on the theme of poetry and science, but also on poetry and Irish Culture.

So here they are. My sincere thanks to all the folk who thought it worth their while to ask me to participate in these (hopefully) interesting exchanges!

An interview with Jho Harris about my my novellas and poetry as well as a reading from me from In the Library of Lost Objects. It can can be found at Podcast.ie. ‘Voices From Ireland Series’. 

My poem ‘Rock Ammonite’ features on the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Poetry & Science website. You’ll find a commentary by me on the poem as well as a short article on the relationship between poetry and science in my work. So here it is: Rock Ammonite

My short article on ‘The Poetry of Science’ appeared in Poetry Ireland News ahead of the ‘Science Meets Poetry’ event at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), the largest science conference in Europe, which was held in Dublin from 11th-15th July, 2012. 


This one is an interview with poet, fellow-physics graduate and blogger Kate Dempsey about the writing process, the role of science in my poetry and the sometimes fraught process of trying to get published. I also talk to Kate about working towards completing my second collection. 

Here's a substantial interview I did with Mel Ulm about writing and Irish culture for his excellent blog Rereading Lives. My thanks to him for taking the time to talk at such length.


And finally, a two part interview with novelist Shauna Gilligan on her blog 'A Girl's Writing is Never Done' on the eve of publishing On Light & Carbon. My sincere thanks to Shauna for allowing me to chat about the collection at length and particularly, in part two, about the long poem 'Timepieces'.

Interview: Part One
Interview: Part Two

Nice to have all these in one place, I guess.