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Read about WALKING ON RIPPLES in The Irish Times here.
Next time on a long-haul flight ignore the hypnotic touch-screen on the back of the seat in front of you. Outward-bound on an eight hour trip, my head began to spin from the hundreds of films, albums, concerts and general TV on offer – not to mention the flight progress map showing our airplane wending its way slowly (very slowly) across the globe. By the time we landed my head ached from all these choices and all this technology, the digital detritus of our modern throwaway world. On the return flight I ignored the screen entirely and spent the time in the company of a good book, the ideal way to make a flight pass soothingly and painlessly. This outburst of happiness was brought to me by Don DeLillo’s FALLING MAN, a great and unforgettable novel about 9/11. There you are then: next long-haul bring along a good read in your carry-on bag – and for a review of the superb Mr DeLillo click here
Plenty of poetry news at the moment. Delighted to have a poem in THE OGHAM STONE 2017, literary and visual arts journal of the University of Limerick launched in early February at Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Giles Foden, in his introduction to the anthology, has a good thing to say about the poem in an excellent article that deals with weighty topics such as ‘textual patterning’ and the distinction between literary language and ordinary language. I have another poem coming up in The Stinging Fly, in an issue to be published later this year. Meanwhile Hildy Silverberg of Space and Time Magazine contacted me to confirm that the short story “The Street” will appear in issue 129 scheduled for release late summer this year.
That Limerick reading turned out to be another great night. Thirty people showed up – not bad for the second Tuesday in January. They do things well on Shannonside. As ever, thanks to Dominic Taylor and kudos to the legendary Tom Muldowney for chairing the event. Well now 2017 is a brand new calendar, making it 2¼ years since WALKING ON RIPPLES was published by the Liffey Press. It’s been a great couple of years of radio interviews, readings, invitations to the festival circuit and excellent reviews. The reading invitations keep on coming, yet in some ways the time has come to release WALKING ON RIPPLES into the great wild river where all loved books go when the time comes to set them free and move on to the next project. In my local boozer recently I was asked ‘How’s the book going?’ – meaning the next one. After a brief discussion with the barflies it was agreed by all that my writing needs something like a strategic plan. So there you are: I’m off to work on a strategic plan, whatever that is. More publishing news when it happens.
All of last year’s posts are now on the News Archive 2016-2011 page above.