Almost one year ago, whilst sitting at my kitchen table supping tea of a Thursday evening, I received a phone call informing me I'd won the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2013. Next week, on Fri 14 Nov in Dublin, that experience comes full circle with the launch of my debut poetry collection, How To Lose Your Home & Save Your Life by Bradshaw Books. It's been an education, moving from the writing mind-set into the business of publication and, as with all new things, not without a few bumps along the way! But now that all the technical decision-making is out of the way and the book is at the printers, the end is in sight and it's finally starting to feel real.
If you're in Dublin next Friday, please join me for the launch at The Workman's Club, on the Quays with poetry, music and a drink or two - all the details are in the invite above or join the book launch event page on Facebook, for the latest news.
You can't miss me: I'll be the one with the ear-splitting grin, holding fast to a book.