I’ve been waiting for this **day since my birthday in July! Why? Because two of my poems are in the Irish Times today (October 28th 2017). Whoop, whoop!
Actually, the birthday connection is just a coincidence. I’d been bombarding the editor of the Hennessy New Irish Writing Ciaran Carty with poems for a while, ever hopeful he’d like one or more enough to publish. Back when I started getting serious about this creative writing lark, he published my first piece of fiction in the Irish Independent, and I was subsequently nominated for a Hennessy Award in February 2015.
Its the kind of third party validation that is important to the likes of me.
Fast forward to July 2017, amid birthday celebrations, I got an email confirming that some of my poetry had been chosen for future publication. So, two of my poems are in print today, on Page 29 of the new-look Irish Times ‘Ticket’ section. I’m vaguely disappointed not to have a **picture included, but thrilled none-the-less to get into the prestigious Hennessy New Irish Writing pages with poetry. Any minute now a publisher is going snap up my collection (ha!).
It’s an exciting weekend – this, and then on Bank Holiday Monday I’m off to Wales to start my Arts Council of Ireland-funded (yay!) Poetry Masterclass with Gillian Clarke and Maura Dooley…
I feel a celebratory poem coming on 🙂
Update: **There’s a pic of me and three poems online at the Irish Times website: click here to view!