Being Various: A Review

Being Various is a collection of new, especially commissioned short stories curated by Lucy Caldwell. It takes in the whole island, with the list of contributors reading like a who’s who of award-winning contemporary Irish short story writers. Kevin Barry’s ‘Who’s Dead McCarthy’ brings Dublin to life with a poignant vernacular whilst Eimear McBride plays…

Selected Poems: A Review

My first encounter with Paterson’s work was his second collection, God’s Gift to Women, a Poetry Book Society recommendation. One of the things I love most about that collection is the way Paterson has mixed a whole host of different elements to create a real poetry personality – there are references to ancient Greek mythology…

24 Horas en Madrid

I’m really excited to be heading back to Madrid for a visit this weekend and to dive back into life in a HUGE metropolis. Obviously, the main attraction is reconnecting with all our friends, but I’m planning on visiting a few favourite old haunts and interesting new places. In the process of noting down all…

Theatre Work

I’ve been commissioned to photograph theatre events with my work used in publicity materials.

Daddy’s Girl

I remember the first time I laid eyes on you, mo leanbh, your face crimson with rage as you screwed your eyes tight and screamed the place down, your anger a cluttered cacophony of shrill sounds laden with accusations. ‘What a powerful set of lungs,’ I thought, deafened by adoration. I remember the first time…

Lost Property

Your coat, heavy with your scent still hangs on a hook in the hall. Like Cerberus, it guards my door so that every time I cross the threshold, There you are. You linger on, Your presence undiminished after all these months, Occasionally stopping me in my tracks, Propelling me back in time as I stand,…

January Challenge

I’ve never understood why January seems to be so universally hated. Surely it’s a good thing to ponder your past misdeeds and mistakes to inform your future actions? With the advent of ‘Dry January’ and all the other punishments people like to serve upon themselves, the world seems intent on making January as miserable as…

Surplus to Requirements

                Marius stands impotent. His delicate neck cranes high into the sky. Behind, his family wait in regimented lines. Motionless; conditioned – Helpless. Beneath them all, the world carries on as Marius awaits his fate. Some will stop and gaze, watching the spectacle so they can say “I…