Each year, Poetry Ireland - the national organisation for the promotion of poetry, in both the Republic and N. Ireland - selects 12 emerging poets for their Introductions Series.
The Introductions series mentors new writing talent, providing the opportunity to workshop poetry with an established, published poet and perform work to a live audience at a showcase, hosted by Poetry Ireland; the showcase is recorded and published on the Poetry Ireland web-site.
It's been the launchpad for many a literary career - well, today, I got the call...
I submitted a selection of poems, back at the beginning of January, and had pretty much forgotten about it, when I saw a missed call on my phone earlier today. I called the number back, heard a woman say, Poetry Ireland - held my breath - then, the magic words.
I'm now looking forward to meeting the other selected poets at the workshop with our mystery literary mentor next month; the official Poetry Ireland Introductions readings will take place in Dublin, around the 20th / 21st May - details to follow.
Pop it in the diary and enjoy the poets from last year's Introductions series, while I celebrate with a nice cup of tea and a Mikado.