Upcoming Readings and Talks

None at present, more soon!

Invited Readings and Talks

Broadcast date: Sunday 28 November 2021, 6 pm, RTÉ lyric fm — I discussed the nature poetry of Madge Herron with Claire Cunningham on ‘Sublimer Wishes’: the stories of poets Olivia Elder, Cathleen O’Neill and Madge Herron, including rare recordings of Madge Herron’s own voice from a 1977 RTÉ radio documentary by Kevin O’Connor. Listen back here.

Ballad of Bikini Atoll from my poem cycle for the atoll is in ⁦Channel Issue 5 – at the launch on 11th Nov it was sung & played by ⁦Malachy Robinson to a beautiful tune he composed!

Sunday 31st October: Nature, Poetry and Haiku, a Round Table with Amanda Bell, David J Kelly, Jane Robinson and Mark Roper, moderated by Gilles Fabre

Wednesday 28th October: Poetry Reading and Conversation at The Word, Sligo Library with Linda Norton and Jessamine O’Connor

Rewriting Nature: a discussion of nature and its role in literature today with Lynn Buckle and Ryan Dennis who lead the way in fictional nature writing with their own unique perspectives — that of the artist and the farmer — filtering through their work. Wednesday 13th October at 7pm in Castletymon Library

From Ego to Eco: launch of A Different Eden: Ecopoetry from Ireland and Galicia — an anthology published by Dedalus Press — A reading and conversation with poet, translator and editor Keith Payne & poet Grace Wells at Clondalkin Library on Tuesday 12th October, 7-8pm

Red Line Book Festival  Writer in Residence — August to November 2021

John Hewitt Summer School, Armagh   Talk: ‘Wild Beauty: Poetry in an Age of Ecological Crisis’ – 30th July, 2021

Poetry reading with Rachael Hegarty to celebrate 40 years of Salmon Poetry Publishing – John Hewitt Summer School   Friday 30th July 2021

Killaloe Music Festival – First public reading and performance of nine poems from a new poem cycle ‘For the Atoll’ with music composed by Malachy Robinson and performed by The Far Flung Trio, June 2021 – here is Begin Present Era (first published in Skylight 47) recorded at the Killaloe Music Festival.

Over the Edge, Galway – Zoom poetry reading & launch of Skylight 47 issue 13, June 2020

Read at the Gingko Ecopoetry awards event, Swedenborg House, London, Nov, 2019

Featured reader at ‘The Listeners’ Rathfarnham, Dublin, October, 2019

Bray Literary Festival: Breathing Green, Ecopoetry at The Harbour Bar, Sept, 2019

Invited reader at ‘The Next Level’ Kyles, Terenure, June, 2019

Lecture: ‘Of Poetry and Science’ Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, June, 2019

Lecture: ‘Of Poetry and Science’ National Centre for Biological Sciences, India, June, 2019

Invited reader at Strokestown Poetry Festival, Ireland, May, 2019

University College Dublin AWPI Conference – paper on Madge Herron, April, 2019

Missing Voices Seminar, Poetry Ireland – paper: ‘In Search of Madge Herron’, 2018

Poetry Ireland Book Launch, read with environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth, Dublin, 2018

Read at ‘Rhymes and Reflections’– Schrödinger Lecture Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, 2018

XBorders:Accord Showcase Reading took place at the Irish Writers Centre, May 2018

Poetry Introductions Reading, Cork International Poetry Festival, February 2018

The Last Salon Reading at The Studio, Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, May 2016

Red Line Poetry Competition (Awarded First Prize)
Reading took place at The Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre, Tallaght, October 2015

Launch of ‘The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work’
Reading took place at The Teachers’ Club, Dublin, October 2015

Four Corners Poetry Competition (Commended for two poems)
Reading took place at St Cross College, Oxford, UK, October 2015

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award (Awarded Joint Second Prize)
Reading took place at Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, September 2015

Surfing the Waves of Genetics Symposium
Reading of four poems took place at Trinity College, Dublin, 2015

Midir and Etain Anthology launch
Reading took place at Ardagh, Co Longford, July 2015

John Berryman Centenary Symposium
Reading took place at Trinity College, Dublin, October 2014
See here for Irish Times article about the Centenary Celebrations of John Berryman

Launch event reading for ‘Berryman’s Fate, A Centenary Celebration in Verse’ at Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, September 2014

Strokestown International Poetry Prize (Awarded First Prize for At The Stop Sign)
Reading took place at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, May 2014

Science Meets Poetry Symposium – Reading took place at Trinity College, Dublin, 2013

The Coffee House Poetry Series – Reading took place at The Troubadour, London, UK, 2011

Poetry Ireland Introductions Series Reading at The Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin, 2011

Reading at The Hibernian Club, Stephens Green, Dublin, 2010

Reading at Deansgrange Library, Dublin 2010

All Ireland Poetry Day – Reading at Dalkey Library, Dublin 2009

Broadcast Readings

Interview with Olivia O’Leary on The Poetry Programme, RTÉ 1, April 19th 2020  (begins 18 minutes into the recording)

At the Stop Sign, poem on Poetry Ireland’s ‘Words Lightly Spoken’ Podcast, September 18th 2020

Recorded poem selected for Poetry Jukebox’s Climate-themed Edition, Paris and Belfast, 2020

Poems recorded for Poetry File, RTÉ – broadcast in Nov 2019 and Jan 2020

Recorded poem selected for Poetry Jukebox, Hungering Curation, EPIC, Dublin, 2019   (this installation toured to Belfast and Paris, 2020)

Cork International Poetry Festival, 2018, Munster Literature Centre Introductions


For the Atoll a poem cycle with music composed by Malachy Robinson, 2020-2021 with initial support from Creative Ireland and the Dún Laoghaire Arts Office  – interviewed on our collaboration by Carl Roewer for the Killaloe Music Festival Podcast and after the performance (6.30 to 8.40 into the podcast)

Orchard Diary of our Undoing – a poetry film made in collaboration with hand-weaver & artist Lucy Robinson, 2020

Galcoville and the Forest – Music Drama for children commissioned by Dublin City Council Arts Office – collaboration with Malachy Robinson & The Pandemic Trio, 2020