Monthly Archives: March 2012

Emotional Truth In Poetry

I had a great workshop with the Shalom Writers Group yesterday. We talked a lot about the importance of emotional truth in poetry. I believe the best writing comes from that part of you that you’re afraid to put on the page. I always hope a reader will have a visceral response to a poem, and often that means in writing I experience a physical unease. As a writer you have to be brave and put yourself out there, even though it’s not always comfortable.

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A Strange Symbiosis

I’m back from a wonderful series of readings at The Ulster Hall in Belfast, Over The Edge in Galway and the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris. At great readings like this a symbiosis occurs between the writers and the audience, where the audience are as much a part of the magic as the readers are. Thanks to everyone who came along and helped to make these nights special.

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Readings and Short Scene Shoot

Wish me luck for the next few days. I’m heading down to the Ulster Hall for a reading and workshop today, off to Galway tomorrow for an Over The Edge reading with Bernie McGill, Maureen Boyle and others, then off to Paris next week to read with Moyra Donaldson and Maureen Boyle. And in between all that the lovely Ryan Tohill will be shooting a scene from my short film Two Little Boys as part of the Short Steps scheme. See you on the other side!

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