Poem in Lighthouse

Issue 15 of Lighthouse includes my poem 'After the Opera I was a Criminal'. You can order a copy of Lighthouse from the Gatehouse Press website here.


The Brexit Landscape

In the new Honest Ulsterman I write on Brexit, the landscape and the future of farming. Behind Brexit is an economic ideology which wishes to promote the free market -- farming without subsidies, left to the supposed regulation of supply and demand. The dangers to farming, the environment and food prices are very real. Read... Continue Reading →

NonfictionNow, Reykjavik

'Letters to Iceland': a panel featuring Rosita Boland, Selina Guinness & Colin Graham, at NonfictionNow in Reykjavik, June 2017. In 1937, W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice, published their co-authored Letters from Iceland, “the most unorthodox travel book ever written” (Daily Mail). Less an account of their actual journey undertaken the previous year, than a mock-heroic... Continue Reading →

Poem in Abridged

The new issue of Abridged includes one of my poems, along with much excellent photography and poetry. The poem is below. The issue is online here. And you can request a free copy (just paying p&p).  

Orwell and the idea of Europe

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.

Sean Lynch ‘For the Birds’ – Illuminations

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 – Illuminations

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 →

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