Notes from the Margins #11

28 07 2013


So, this kind of came out of nowhere. I wrote it specifically in response to Quarter’s open call a few weeks ago, and now I’m performing it this Saturday in Cork! INSANE! Mixing dramatic monologue and performance poetry, Blue Boy is an uncomfortable, aggressive, confessional piece, and should be lots of fun to do! If you’re in Cork this weekend, come see it!

Notes from the Margins #10

16 07 2013

So, randomly, whilst I’ve been focussing on poetry, there are a couple of theatre things that may happen. One is a new short that I’ve been working on for the past few days, and the other, rather excitingly, is an adaptation of one of my plays into a different form – THAT IS ALL I SHALL SAY FOR THE MOMENT!

Also, the SWEATBOX reading run by the PETTYCASH collective last weekend was fantastic. And it really was a SWEATBOX, since this summer continues, almost worryingly (for non-Irish readers: an Irish summer normally lasts about three days, a week tops), to continue.

Split into numerous zones (The Basement, The Granny Flat, The Main Area, The Tunnel of Love), there were numerous things going on. The readings were up in the main area and were fantastic. The second reader, right after the host, whose name I can’t remember, totally floored me. Mighty fine performance poetry. I read four poems from Assaracus #11 and Mongrel, forthcoming in Emerge Literary Journal. ‘Twas great. In terms of performance, my highlight of the night was friend and Drag King, Julian Mandrews’ deconstruction of what’s Straight and what’s Gay with wallcharts, markers, sandwiches, techno, and George Michael’s “I’m Your Man”. Gorgeousness.

In other news, this week I have been dipping in and out of Ted Hughes’ Birthday Letters and being astounded by fellow Assaracus poet, Sean Patrick Mulroy, and his poem Pyrokinesis, which takes my breath away. Interestingly (interesting as I also recorded a spoken word album as a present for someone about five years ago), you can listen to him read the poem here.

Notes from the Margins #9

10 07 2013


So. I’m finally published! Assaracus #11 is officially out now. This is how I looked the day I got my copy last week:


Super happy with it. Thanks again Brian, Seth and all of Sibling Rivalry Press!
Copies can be gotten direct from SRP, or from Amazon, or The Book Depository (which is much cheaper than Amazon.)


I’m doing a poetry set this Saturday (11th July) at SWEATBOX, a 10 Days in Dublin event.
Spoken Word / Performance Art / Disco
^How could you *not* love that? The line-up is as follows:

We’ve got performances from Aoife Leonard | Una Mullally | Conor Behan| Vicky Curtis | Alan Delmar | Hannah Wilson | Andy Apples | Shaun Dunne | Dylan Coburn Gray | Conor Bloggs | Erin Fornoff | James Moran | Maedbh Haceid | Xnthony | Mark Ward | Julian Mandrews | Matthew Mulligan | Emer Brady | PETTYCASH

DJ sets from Conor Behan | Exit Introvert | Toast Office DJs

And visual art contributions from Kristina Collender | Iam Destoryer | Supercreep | Emmett Connell | Kasia Kaminska | Cat O’Shea

AMAZING. Also PETTYCASH will be performing an excerpt from our SECRET NEW THEATRE project. HOW EXCITING!

Tickets are available here. You could also try on the door on the night. I don’t know if that’ll work or anything. I’m just saying you could *try* 😛


American G.I. is progressing nicely. Part 1 is going with gusto. A bit here and a bit there to go, but going well. Another teaser title for you:

General Pepperell and the Vociferous Volcano


Oh yes, I thought I’d blogged about this, but I haven’t! A sestina of mine called Mongrel will be appearing in Emerge Literary Journal’s Fall 2013 issue (out around Sep/Oct – I can’t remember the exact date offhand, I shall of course be linking ye to it around the time of its release).