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Friday, 31 August 2018

Cultural liaison during Donald Trump's Irish visit


Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD has asked me to help with "Cultural liaison" during his Excellency President DonaldTrump's upcoming visit to Ireland. 

Specifically, Josepha has asked me to access "two retired adult film stars" to attend a special event at Club Lapello on Dame Street "to attend to the needs of the President, his entourage, and some of the Irish government ministers who will be in attendance." 
At the same event my poem 'I Am Pleased To Congratulate On Behalf Of The People Of Ireland' will be read aloud over a big microphone by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny. You can get a preview of the evening's activities here. I  am open to suggestions as to what other cultural events should be included in the evening's programme, as I know is Josepha. 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Video of Ken Loach reading from one of my poems

Video of Ken Loach - director of Kes, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, & I, Daniel Blake - reading from one of my poems at a meeting at Conway Hall in London on Monday, January 29th.
 

The full poem can be read here 'What Did The Politician Get His Wife?' 

The poem is a rewrite of Brecht's 'The Soldier's Wife' which is sung by PJ Harvey here.
From now on, I plan to dress the way P.J. Harvey does in this video while reading this particular poem. 

For the background on the political controversy regarding this and some other poems see here.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ken Loach read one of my poems in London last evening

So, apparently the film director Ken Loach read one of my poems at a political meeting in London last evening.

For further details re: the background see here.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Infliximab Man - the continuing story of my lungs

So, tomorrow I will spend most of the day at Merlin Park Hospital getting my first intravenous infusion of a drug called Infliximab. It's a new treatment for my lungs' sarcoidosis.

I had a poem and article about the condition in the Irish Times health section in September. See here.
 For further details see here.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

First publications of 2018

Had two poems newly published in the past few days. My tribute to the soon to be forgotten entirely Rupi Kaur is published in issue 56 of the Mexico City based literary magazine The Ofi Press. You can read the poem, titled 'Uncrease YourForehead and Do Not Sweat', here.
Meanwhile, the title poem of my New & Selected poems 'Song of Songs 2.0' is published in issue no. 2 of the excellent U.S. based magazine Rascal. In this poem I rewrite a section of the Bible.

Monday, 1 January 2018

In the running for the Nobel Prize

It's only January 1st and someone has already suggested me as a possible winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. Albeit the person in question thinks I should be awarded the prize jointly with British poet Ian Duhig. I've always fancied a trip to Stockholm. Have to say, I am liking 2018 so far.