I’m an Irish-born poet, reviewer, book editor and creative writing facilitator living in West Cork, my home since 1999. Before that, I was living in Zimbabwe, where I spent my formative years and early adulthood. I have two grown children, one based in Harare, one in Dublin, both of whom are film makers and writers. My friends are mostly writers and artists. My partner, a glass artist, got the poetry bug from me and is now a poet too. All the confluences of my world flow around the magic of words and the image.
My début The lucky star of hidden things, is predominantly based around my African upbringing. My second collection, Ghost of the Fisher Cat is set in medieval Paris, where I also lived for a time. (In the city, not the century!) Both have been widely reviewed, and reviews and more details are available on the Salmon Poetry site.
A surrealist chapbook, Invisible Insane, was published by SurVision in 2019 and is available here.
Over 200 poems have been published, in journals on every continent, most recently in Magma, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry International and the Oxford Climate Change Anthology. Poems have been featured in Poethead, the Rochford Street Review, and Numero Cinq and broadcast on RTÉ’s Poetry Programme and Arena. Some work has been translated into Italian, Irish, Spanish, Polish and Romanian, and both my collections were translated into Italian and published by L’Arcolaio. I have published over 65 poetry reviews, and hundreds of fiction reviews over the last decade or so, some of which can be viewed online on the Dublin Review of Books and Sabotage Reviews.
I won the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry for 2010, and was also awarded the Northern Liberties Poetry Prize for 2012 (USA), and the Poets Meet Politics Prize in 2015. I was nominated for a Pushcart and for a Best of the Net award, and have been placed or highly commended in numerous other competitions. I was also named by the editor of Poetry Ireland Review as one of Ireland’s Rising Poets. In 2013, I performed at Poetry Africa in Durban, and the following year, was one of the seven writers chosen to represent Ireland on the Italo-Irish Literary Exchange, two highlights of my literary life thanks to support from the Irish Writers Centre and Poetry Ireland. The latter also gave me the opportunity to read at the Iowa Festival in 2016. I have been grateful also to receive funding from the Cork County Council, Culture Ireland and especially the Arts Council, from whom I received a significant bursary in 2018 to complete a prose poetry fictional memoir. More about that soon!