New Work in The Honest Ulsterman

I’m proud to have a story and a poem in the February 2017 issue of The Honest Ulsterman, a venerable Northern Irish mag. The story is called “Subheading: Eloise,” an odd one I wrote almost two years ago while living in Edinburgh, doing my postgrad research on George Saunders. I’m afraid I might betray the influenceContinue reading “New Work in The Honest Ulsterman”

Knocknarae, Or Thoughts on Time and the Irish Sisyphus (A Hitchhiker’s Guide)

  “UP THE MOUNTAIN ye were?” the woman said to me.  I tried to look at her from the passenger seat, though my glasses were bedazzled with raindrops. “Picked a day for it, too,” I said, and she laughed, and clicked her tongue.  She was in her mid-seventies, wearing a corded cream wool sweater andContinue reading “Knocknarae, Or Thoughts on Time and the Irish Sisyphus (A Hitchhiker’s Guide)”

Atlas Obscura, Travel Guide to the Wonderful and Weird

I recently discovered the website Atlas Obscura, run by a group of dedicated travelers passionate for the weird, the forgotten, the unacknowledged and the almost-unbelievable.  Aside from allowing users to create profiles with maps of all the places they’ve been and bucket lists of the things they’ve yet to see, it’s a great platform forContinue reading “Atlas Obscura, Travel Guide to the Wonderful and Weird”

Going Home to County Clare

And some time make the time to drive out west Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore, In September or October, when the wind And the light are working off each other So that the ocean on one side is wild With foam and glitter, and inland among stones The surface of a slate-grey lakeContinue reading “Going Home to County Clare”

Launch of Michael Longley’s The Stairwell

There was a thud and a fizz and white foam sprayed all over the crowd around the wine table.  There was no champagne to mark the launch of “32 County Poet” Michael Longley’s tenth collection, The Stairwell – this was a toppled two-litre of 7UP – but the accident was in the spirit of cork-popping andContinue reading “Launch of Michael Longley’s The Stairwell”