I was off a-reading at The Ash Sessions: Cover of Love yesterday (more of that, coming soon) so the Sunday round-up comes to you Monday instead. Surely, the declamation of love poetry on the streets of Ranelagh, warming the hearts and minds of the populace is a thoroughly acceptable excuse? Here's what caught my eye, ear and funny bone this week.
Poem of the Week:
A Darned Good Read:
Burning Bush 2: Issue 6 - New poems from John W. Sexton, Kevin Higgins, Nessa O'Mahony and more.
The Bohemyth: February Issue - New Writing by Claire Hennessey, Doireann Ni Ghriofa and more.
Excerpt from Writers on Writing - Mary Gordan discusses her writing tools and routines.
Submissions & Competitions:
Headstuff - Alan Bennett's collaborative web-site covering literary work, history, science, music, film and more.
Bare Fiction - seeking features and reviews
BBC National Short Story Award - deadline Feb 28.
Inspiration for Writers:
Jo Bell's Write a Poem a Week blog, '52' - great ideas and writing prompts.
Advice for Poets:
How to Speak Poetry: Sarah Clancy - The Ash Sessions
How to Win a Poetry Competition - 10 Tips from Poet, Carole Bromley
How to be a Writer - Advice from writer, Jeannine Ouelette
Upcoming Literary Events in Ireland:
Burning Love 3 - A night of noir, music and tall tales - Dublin - 14th Feb
Cork Spring Poetry Festival - 12th - 15th Feb - with Billy Collins, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & more.
Dublin Writers Forum - Every Thursday at The Workman's Club, Dublin - 7.30pm
I Write Like - pop in a couple of paragraphs of text to discover which famous writer you write like
Quote of the Week: W. H. Auden
“Auden said something disparaging about Samuel Beckett getting the Nobel Prize for Literature. Nikos said: ‘Who else is there?’ Auden shook his head so all the sagging wrinkles shook and said: ‘There’s me.’” (via)