Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
As it happened, I managed to exceed my targeted performance in the Irish Chess Championship. I finished in second place, scored 7/9, and had a rating performance of 2397.
In the penultimate round, I was a little unlucky, when, in travelling to the venue, I was delayed by a double accident on the M50. This meant I got to the venue 35 minutes late and I didn't manage to win the game. I doubt it would have made any difference to the overall result, though, as Stephen Brady was simply playing too well.
I did particularly well with the Black pieces, scoring 4/4 (following 4/5 with Black last year). I even got away with playing the Nimzo-Indian, an opening I hadn't ventured for over twenty years.
Thursday, 30 June 2011
James Liddy: Selected Poems was launched at the Irish Writer's Centre on Tuesday. There was a good crowd and five people gave readings from the book. Arlen House have done a fine job with the production of the Selected (including a limited edition hardback) and I am very happy with it.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
A couple of things have come out recently. The most important of these is James Liddy: Selected Poems, which has just emerged from Arlen House. There will be a launch at The Irish Writer's Centre in Dublin on June 28 at 7.00 pm. Besides that, I've got a poem in the new Poetry Ireland and a review (of Hodge by Oliver Reynolds) in New Welsh Review. Meanwhile, I have an essay in the latest edition of The Reader on the relationship between poetry and computer games.
On the chess front, I recently played at the e2e4 event at Sunningdale. I came joint sixth in a group of players on 4.5/7 with a performance rating of 2265. Not so bad (my only loss was to GM Keith Arkell) and that was certainly a lot better than my performance of 2139 at this year's 4NCL. Probably the final event I will play this season is the Irish Championships in Dublin where I would like to improve on the score I got last year of 5.5/9.
Monday, 18 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
It looks like my critical book is coming out with Seren in July 2012. The full title is: Poetry and Privacy: Questioning Public Interpretations of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. I'll probably tweak a few things between now and publication day, but the set of chapters, if not the exact sequence, is fairly certain: (a) Mahon (b) Maxwell (c) Heaney and Plath (d) Minhinnick (e) Groarke (f) Burnside (g) Jones and Graham
Friday, 15 April 2011
I've been co-editing the Selected Poems of James Liddy for the past while. On my visit to Madison some weeks ago I was able to meet up with my co-editor, Tyler Farrell, with James's partner, Jim Chapson, and with Alan Hayes, the likely publisher of the book. It's possible that this volume, which will be a relatively selective Selected, may now appear sooner (i.e. this summer) rather than later.