Category Archives: Writing Events

Launch of Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing

I was very honoured to read at the recent launch of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast. Bob Collins, Chair of the Arts Council, Connor Shields, CEO of Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and Chelley McLear, CAP Project … Continue reading

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Looking back (and forward)

As 2013 comes to an end, I realise that a lot of my year was spent studying and writing haiku, something that seems to have become more a way of life for me than a poetry form. It’s as if … Continue reading

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‘The Next Big Thing’ Blog Hop

Writer and editor of Every Day Poets, Oonah Joslin, nominated me to participate in this blog hop where I answer a series of set questions about a work in progress and then tag another couple of people to do the … Continue reading

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A Tasty Treat – free ebook

I discovered at the weekend that I have a haiku and a senryu included in a new anthology entitled With Cherries on Top, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, writer, poet and founder of NaHaiWriMo (the National Haiku Writing Month online community … Continue reading

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Just one word…

For the first time ever (well, since I was in primary school) I have managed to combine my artwork and writing in one book.  Over the summer, I designed and produced the cover for a new collection of poetry and fiction – the One Word … Continue reading

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First national anthology of haiku from Ireland

Some of my haiku have been published in Bamboo Dreams, a new collection launched in Dublin recently by Arts Minister, Jimmy Deenehan TD. While mainly comprising the work of contemporary haijin (haiku poets) the collection also features several poems from … Continue reading

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The Poet’s Place

A writer friend messaged me recently on FB saying, ‘Hey, we’re in the same anthology – see you in Belfast on Saturday?” At the time, I had no idea what she was talking about as I’m not so good at keeping records of where … Continue reading

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Much ado about haiku!

Well, yesterday was the last day of NaHaiWriMo (the little Japanese cousin of NaNoWriMo) which took place during the month of February. In 29 days, I managed to post the same haiku twice (yes, really – I don’t know how I did … Continue reading

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NaHaiWriMo – I’m up for it

I’ve decided to commit to participating in NaHaiWriMo this year, the haiku equivalent of National Novel Writing Month during which you write a haiku every day for the month of February. On the NaHaiWriMo site, a prompt will be given each day … Continue reading

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Going back to uni … for a day!

I’m really looking forward to attending the Creative Writing Conference which takes place in Belfast on 15th October. The event has been organsed by the Open University in Ireland and is the first creative writing conference the OU has hosted here, so it should be … Continue reading

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