New Statesman Book of the Year
Honoured that Illuminate has been chosen as one of the New Statesman Books of the Year by Sebastian Barry.
Launch of Illuminate at Books Upstairs
I was honoured to launch my debut collection of poetry Illuminate at Books Upstairs in Dublin on 6th October 2016. Jack Harte gave a wonderful speech and Mary McAuley and Louisa Earls did the beautiful window display full of roses. Ruth Webster from Books Upstairs has always supported and encouraged me so I was thrilled to have my launch there and the first copy of Illuminate that I signed was for her.
Interview with RTE Arena
I discuss art, grief and Paris with Sean Rocks on RTE Arena on Wednesday 5th October 2016. Podcast available here.
Art for arts sake?
I write about the value of an arts degree along with a host of other writers in The Irish Times. Read here.
Irish Times Interview by Ruth McKee
I discuss my new collection Illuminate with Ruth McKee in the Irish Times. Read the interview here.
Hennessy New Irish Writing
Honoured to have three poems featured in the Irish Times as part of Hennessy New Irish Writing. Read them here.
The Anniversary of Seamus Heaney
Honoured to speak out the influence of Seamus Heaney and read his poem Postscript on Morning Ireland on the third anniversary of his death. Listen here.
My poem Morning Sun features on the August 14th edition of Sunday Miscellany. Listen here.
Dublin A Year In Words
Like the city itself, the poets featured in the series are more than the sum of their parts. Collectively they tell of a Dublin full of light and shade, a city of contradictions, in constant flux. They show us that the story of Dublin is everybody’s to tell. It has no fixed points. Beyond wild, it exists far more in the unspoken and the unseen than any attempt to distil it down to a neat package can do justice to. And yet it is our poets perhaps more than anyone who have grappled with the task of laying our lifelines bare and bringing voice to the city. Dublin A Year in Words presents a cross-section of 12 poets who do just that, filmed in establishments that keep the city’s essence alive.
Dublin: A Year in Words is a celebration of what is happening in ‘the now’, supporting our living poets instead of drawing from the past.
Kerrie O' Brien
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