The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2013

Now it’s official, I’m able to announce that my poem, Sin έ, was one of ten Highly Commended by judge Thomas McCarthy, in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2013.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that I’m delighted!

Click here to read judge McCarthy’s comments on the winning and Highly Commended poems (scroll down and click to view).

These poems will be published in the next issue of Southword, Munster Literature Centre’s Literary Journal, available online.  I’ll post a link then.

Sin έ

O’Bheal Twin City review

What a treat and a tonic to read this over breakfast this morning!

Cork poet Conor McManus spins a fine yarn.  His Leitrim-Man-in-Peace-City take on this year’s Twin City Poetry Exchange is well worth a read.  It’ll keep me smiling as I make a start on my planning for next week.

Click here to read.

Cork poets in Tamworth
photo: Conor McManus/O’Bheal

A study: found items

Five days before term starts (and, yes, I know how lucky I am to have two weeks’ holiday over the festive season).  In a late flurry of physical activity, I’m endeavouring to bring order to the paper mountain and general writerly detritus that is my study.

Significant finds/unearthed treasures/look-sees slowing progress so far (in no particular order):

  • Moth, a CD of poems read by Fatima Al Matar from her collection, The Heart and the Subsidiary
  • Stephen King’s On Writing
  • Helena Nelson’s How Not To Get Your Poetry Published
  • art postcards from Florence (including black and white photograph: Riflessi, a campanile in a long puddle)
  • last year’s Adriatic diary
  • street map of Barcelona
  • hand-painted papier maché trinket box (beautiful, empty)
  • 2 quill feathers collected on a Leicestershire Landscape Walkshop
  • handmade book of 11 poems  and digital voice recorder
  • 33 Ways To Stay Creative (printed from a Facebook friend’s shared photo)
  • set of bookmarks: a series of 11 haiku by Antony Owen commemorating International Hiroshima Day 2012
  • 3 bulging folders of poems: several years’ worth of workshopping and discussion at Soundswrite, Leicester and South Leics stanzas
  • 16 filled notebooks of jottings, free writing, first drafts
  • 8 new & unused notebooks (they caught my eye/were a bargain/just because)
  • notes, writing goals and steps from Continuing Professional Development Workshop
  • Putting a Pamphlet Together: Mslexia workshop by Clare Pollard
  • editors’ personalized rejection letters
  • Poetry in the Waiting Room (for Derby hospitals) vol 5: poems to brighten your wait

Desk and top shelf of bookcase sorted, the rest on hold (so many possibilities…)