I’m delighted with this lovely interview with me by Jim Meredith that features in the new issue of the Honest Ulsterman magazine.
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My short play No Paths That Are Ending opens tonight. It’s set in the waiting room of a maternity ward. As Nikesh and his friends wait for news about his seriously ill son, they reach out in desperation for a God to help them. The play is one of a series of five plays being shown together as Arrivals, and together they portray the experiences of people who come to live in the north. I’ll be heading down to the opening tonight at 8pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. The play runs until 15th February in Belfast and will then tour the north. I’m really excited as this is my first work for the stage.
It’s lovely to be able to look back on the year and go that was a great one. The publication of my second collection The Return of the Buffalo was a real highlight. I was lucky to do some great interviews about the book, including this one on Culture Northern Ireland. The relaunch and enhanced web presence of my publisher Lagan Press means you can view interviews and see me reading my poetry on You Tube.
Taking part in the Corners Expedition to the Basque Country with 25 international artists was an inspirational and life changing experience. My residency in the beautiful environs of An Creagan will stay with me for a long time. I was also lucky to be able to do many poetry readings, including in some unusual venues like the Arts Council’s MacNeice House and a funeral home!
My short film Two Little Boys was featured in the Belfast Film Festival. I was also commissioned for Terra Nova’s new theatre project Arrivals and I’m looking forward to the first reading of my play on 9th January.
My creative writing teaching has allowed me to meet many wonderful people. This year I’ve worked with the Belfast Book Festival, Artscare, the BBC, the WEA, Poetry in Motion, NI Libraries, Monaghan Libraries, Small Steps, Consensus and many schools.
Here’s to a great new year and everything it may bring.