Category Archives: artwork and poetry

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Tanka, ekphrastic poetry and chalk pastels contribute to Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement

I was so proud of Class 9 Donard, Abbey Grammar School, Newry when they were recently presented with the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement 2017 for their poetry. The work resulted from a series of workshops delivered through Community Arts Partnership … Continue reading

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Of ‘hyggekrog’ dreams…

Angela Topping’s highly enjoyable hygge series focusses on the many aspects of this Danish word that loosely describes how simple pleasures in life can make us feel good. The writer explained in one post that the associated noun hyggekrog defines a place that embodies cosiness. She said it … Continue reading

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The role of ‘fusoku-furi’ in the art of photo haiku

FURTHER UPDATE: I was excited to learn over the Christmas holidays that my entry in the January episode of the award-winning Japanese TV programme HAIKU MASTERS won Haiku Master of the Month. Haiku master and judge Michio Nakahara said, “The … Continue reading

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Celtic Heartbeat – a video for International Haiku Poetry Day 2015

Today, 17th April 2015, is International Haiku Poetry Day. To celebrate, The Haiku Foundation has organised a range of events with contributions from poets from all over the world. As well as face-to-face poetry gatherings in locations across the US, Hungary, Croatia and New Zealand, these include an … Continue reading

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Inaugural Seamus Heaney Awards for New Writing and Achievement

Members of Mourne Writers: Anne Mullan, Kathleen Carville, our friend Mary Ellen Hayward of Jane Ross Writers, Limavady, poet Sue Morgan with her Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement and New Writing and me. UPDATE: Here is a link to a … Continue reading

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Photo Haiga in February Issue of A New Ulster

Haiga published in ANU Issue 29 Haiku placed joint third in the Irish Haiku Society’s International Competition 2014 Photo of the moon taken in my back yard 🙂

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Heaney and haiku

Some years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Seamus Heaney greatly appreciated the Japanese-style poetry form, haiku, and even wrote several himself. After the tragic news of his death last September, I submitted a tribute haiku to the … Continue reading

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Haiga from the woods

As I haven’t painted (or posted on this blog for that matter!) since the summer, when I spotted a post this week from An Mayou, an artist and haiku poet from Colorado, requesting some words to accompany her excellent piece … Continue reading

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