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I have added this haiku to my latest painting “Dreaming of Donegal” … in memory of an old friend.

When we still believed copy



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Three Drops from a Cauldron – Samhain Issue

Thanks to writer and editor Kate Garrett,  my poetry and artwork feature in this spooky issue of Three Drops from a Cauldron. It’s good to be in the company of such fine writers and artists at Halloween.

Thanks also to editors Chase Gagnon and Lori A Minor who selected my featured haibun Rejuvenation Spell as runner up in their Halloween contest last year in  Scryptic – Magazine of Alternative Art.




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Familiar face

Below is a haiga, in this case a combination of a senryu and photograph, in response to a writing prompt on Creative Writing Ink

familiar face

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More than just music at the Fiddler’s Green festival


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Daily Haiku: June 7, 2018

Thanks to Charlotte Digregorio for featuring this one from ‘tinywords’ on Daily Haiku today…

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

on the mend . . .
this long afternoon
stitched by swallows

by MarionClarke  (Northern Ireland)
tinywords, Issue 17.1, May 31, 2017

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Published this week on the Africa Haiku Network …

soft rain african haiku network


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EarthRise Rolling

The Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration with the theme ‘Year of the Bird’  received a record 779 responses this year – that’s 779 breathtaking, poignant, humorous and beautiful haiku.

I have a few in there. Once I started, it was difficult to stop as there were so many inspiring poems!



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When wildflowers aren’t wildflowers …

, Well done to Paul T. Corrigan, whose poem I selected as winner of Rattle Poetry “Artist’s Choice Award” in their recent Ekphrastic Challenge.

A detail from a cottage scene in the Mourne Mountains here in Northern Ireland was the visual prompt for March. I won’t spoil the surprise, but Paul’s poem Wildflowers refers to something quite far removed from the idyllic scene depicted in the landscape (a painting commission I undertook some years ago for an old lady who grew up in such a dwelling.)

I have just realised that Paul has won the Ekphrastic Challenge before, so double congratulations are due.

Oh, and just listen to the recording of his poem!



Well done to Marietta McGregor who was winner of the “Editor’s Choice Award” the following week with her wonderful haibun, The Visitant.

You can also listen to her recording here.


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Greetings from the east coast! A couple of haiga from these parts…

For those unfamiliar with this term, a haiga is a combination of short form poetry such as haiku or tanka and artwork.

Welcome to those of you who are visiting this blog via Rattle Poetry. I look forward to reading your poetry submissions.



The first of my oil paintings is of the keep at Narrow Water castle here in Warrenpoint. It was used as an illustration in an article I wrote about this coast for a travel site. The second is Haulbowline lighthouse from the beach at Cranfield, further along the coast.



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Of giants and dwarves…


My haibun, ‘Finding Narnia’ inspired by this grove of twelve redwoods in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor, is featured in the January edition of Contemporary Haibun Online.

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Broadcast live on NHK World, Japan, December 4, 2017

With its 1,200-year history, Kyoto is a city that constantly evolves with the seasons. From kimono colors to Japanese treats, seasonality plays a major part of the old capital of Japan, which is exactly why it has such a rich connection with haiku poetry. In this special episode, we enjoy some wonderful Photo Haiku from our international viewers straight from the center of Japanese tradition and innovation.

The photo haiku I entered in the December episode of Haiku Masters (in Kyoto) is discussed by the judges in the programme. I must admit, I watch each episode with a sense of both dread and excitement as sometimes the judges point out aspects that they feel don’t work so well. Happily, this time both were very complimentary. I used a similar photo to the one below, but with the following haiku…

whisper of wings
the park warden talks
of an extinct species

Guest judge, writer Hisafumi Iwashita says, “I found the poem fascinating – the photo too. It looks like the leaves are rotting…also rotten leaves have a strong odour. And rather than a bird I imagined the sound of insects, not a strong fluttering of wings but more like the simmering of lots of tiny insect wings humming faintly. And what lies beneath might be the remains of a spent or extinct species, or just a withered seed to a particular life. Which is it I wonder? …Life repeats itself endlessly on and on, over and over and the forest is just a stage where the circle of life plays out. The continuation of life is a sacred thing – the same with our lives. But even though it is a holy thing, there is also something eerie about it. That is why I thought it so fascinating.”



This photo haiku was runner up in Haiku Master of the Week, a feature of the award-winning Japanese TV programme NHK Haiku Masters. It was inspired by my photo of twelve redwoods on the ‘Tree Trail’ in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor. Due to our much cooler climate and winds that blow in from the Irish Sea they will never grow to be giants like their Californian cousins.

I was also thinking of how this area and the Mountains of Mourne inspired the writer CS Lewis when he was creating the land of Narnia. He said that, “at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge.” When he moved to England, he obviously pined for home when he declared, “I yearn to see County Down in the snow, one almost expects to see a march of dwarfs dashing past.”

Judge Kazuko Nishimura also picked up on the childhood theme in my photo haiku (shahai)…


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