Friday, 30 May 2008

Call for anthology submissions

This from fabulous Forest Publications in sunny Edinburgh:

Dear all,

The following is a call for submissions for the new anthology from
Forest Publications. Please feel free to pass this along to writers
whom you think might be interested. Further, do not hesitate to contact
me with any questions regarding this project.

Below is the challange:

Never, ever trust a writer. They cluck and nod and listen and then three
months later they splash your tragedy/foolishness/very embarrassing
incident involving a raspberry jelly and a pair of warm curling tongs
over the tawdry pages of a literary quarterly. We feel there is no shame
in this. Quite the opposite: we believe this ugly fact deserves to be
celebrated with all the pomp and hullaballoo we can possibly muster.
Therefore we are compiling an anthology of the finest stolen stories,
the anecdotes and overheard conversations that simply demand to be told.
We feel that it is time to be honest. This is where our ideas come from.

Stories should not exceed 5,000 words in length and must, must, must be
accompanied by a short note that explains the nature of your theft. We
would prefer that you did not steal from well-known television shows or
anything equally obvious.

Send your stolen story to:

Closing date for submissions: July 3rd

Thursday, 29 May 2008

London: Poetry at the Irish Centre

Thursday 3 July 2008, 8pm at the London Irish Centre

Readings from six poets:

Laurence Scott

Roisin Tierney

Susan Utting

Ailbhe Darcy

Racker Donnelly

Maggie Sawkins

Plus traditional Irish music from
Marie McCormack and Les Coughlan

Hosted by John MacKay and Viv Fogel

Admission £5 (conc. £3)

Monday, 12 May 2008

Dublin: Poetry Ireland Introductions Series

The line-up for this year ’s Poetry Ireland Introductions series, offering a showcase reading to twelve poets working towards a first collection, is now finalised.

The venue for these readings is the Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2. I'm assured there'll be a glass of wine for you if you come along.

Thursday 19 June @ 6.30pm
Padraig O’Morain, Mags Treanor,
Mary Mullen & Philip Quirke

Tuesday, 24 June @ 6.30pm
Sonia Abercrombie, Joseph Horgan, Leeanne Quinn,
Majella Cullinane & David McLoghlin

Thursday, 26 June @ 6.30pm
Tom Duddy, Ailbhe Darcy, John Mee,
Róisín Tierney & Michelle O’Sullivan

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Poetry workshops with Kevin Higgins at Galway Arts Centre

In May Galway Arts Centre is offering aspiring poets a choice of three poetry workshops, all facilitated by poet Kevin Higgins, whose best-selling first collection, ‘The Boy With No Face’, published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet. Kevin’s second collection of poems, ‘Time Gentlemen, Please’, was published in March by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in the recently published Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry.

Kevin is an experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre recently won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, while another had her first full collection of poems published by one of Ireland’s major poetry publishers.

Each workshop will run for six weeks, commencing the week of May 19th.They will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm (first class May 20th); Wednesday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class May 21st); and on Thursday afternoons, 2-3.30pm (first class May 22nd).

The Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who’ve been writing for some time. The Thursday afternoon workshop is an Advanced Poetry Workshop, suitable for those who’ve participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. The cost to participants is €75, with an €65 concession rate.

Places must be paid for in advance. To reserve a place contact Victoria at reception at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, phone 091 565886 or email