The Irish Humanities Alliance asked me to write about George Orwell's 1984 and the recent, renewed interest in it as a fable which might tell us something about the rise of neofascism and 'populism'. You can my blog essay here.
My poem 'The Thinker's Serpent' has just been published in Stanzas new chapbook. Thanks to them for taking the poem.
Sean Lynch’s exhibition at the Illuminations gallery considers the medieval myth of Buile Suibhne, an ongoing topic in his investigations of how folklore and history can be liberally inherited and adopted for contemporary life. The story of Suibhne, or Sweeney, has long been a subject for creative invention – figures such as Seamus Heaney and... Continue Reading →
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain’s film installations depict archetypal or generic locations that have been transformed into a dream-like theatricality. Whether a flooded library inhabited by birds of prey or a disused airport housing a rudimentary landscape, these works conjure an altered reality in which our expectations of time and place do not hold. The films are... Continue Reading →
Three of my poems are included in the February 2017 Honest Ulsterman. One is below and they are all available to read here.
In the new Honest Ulsterman I write on Brexit and its effects on Northern Ireland, the border and the future of the arts. The article is available to read here.
The new issue of The Pickled Body includes one of my poems - 'Prodigal with Importunate Feeling'. Thanks to them for publishing it. You can read the entire issue which also includes poems by Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Nessa O'Mahony, here.
Illuminations is delighted to host a retrospective of the work of Aleana Egan. Aleana Egan's art is predominantly intuitive and subjective; she uses simple materials, assembled or barely transformed, to create enigmatic works that have a restrained tone and structure. She groups these pieces into installations that are oddly ambivalent; on the one hand she... Continue Reading →