Thursday, 30 July 2009

Tom Leonard

I'm here at the IASIL conference in Glasgow. A few days ago, I was looking forward to a lunchtime reading by Tom Leonard at The Loft restaurant. Unfortunately, the sound system tanked. So Tom Leonard never actually said a word, but was reduced to looking rather pained as the diners carried on around him. I hope that is not the last chance I get to see him read.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

New P. N. Review

I'm in the new P. N. Review(188) with a review of Vona Groarke's translation of Lament for Art O'Leary. The same issue also has a good interview with Steve Burt, plus a new poem by R. F. Langley (who is about as under-rated as any poet I have ever read.)

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Irish Chess Championship

The Irish Chess Championship is currently underway in The Ballsbridge Inn, Dublin. After six rounds of the nine-round event I am in joint fifth place. There is some coverage of the tournament here including a video of part of my round 3 game against Seamus Duffy. Words like 'paint' and 'dry' do, however, spring to mind.