Things I never Knew about the Poet William Blake – that is, Until Recently.

One of the most important poets in the English language, or indeed any language, was born November 28, 1757 in London, England. He remained largely unknown during his lifetime. Though he had an established reputation as an engraver of considerable gifts, his reputation as a poet, something that he achieved world historical repute for in … Continue reading Things I never Knew about the Poet William Blake – that is, Until Recently.

Eight things about reading at O Bheal in Cork that everyone should know

Ireland is replete with literary events and poetry readings. All literary events are literary, but not all of them are equal. O Bheal ( http://www.obheal.ie ) is a particularly good one, and it was a marvelously enjoyable evening for me. 1. Resistance is futile. You are made just so welcome. I am not a particularly … Continue reading Eight things about reading at O Bheal in Cork that everyone should know

Poet in Profile–Unabridged Interview with Oran Ryan by Ruairi Conneely

I've been tasked at times at NewsFour with writing about poetry and the Dublin Literary scene, insofar as I'm in frequent contact with it. However, the circumstances that lead me to interview Oran were simple and typical for a journalist: the assignment was dropped on me with only a day or two to research and … Continue reading Poet in Profile–Unabridged Interview with Oran Ryan by Ruairi Conneely

No really,do go on telling me how worthless being a writer is… I love Big Brother, honestly…

  I am not by nature a political animal. I have no party political instincts, dislike the whole fakery of politics in any form, and regard most politicians with a visceral distrust I find a little disturbing even to myself. Yet I know writing is a profoundly political activity. It concerns itself with human behaviour, … Continue reading No really,do go on telling me how worthless being a writer is… I love Big Brother, honestly…