At this beginning of 2016, it seems like a good time to round up my publications for 2015.  This year has been a wonderful start.

This is what I’ve had published in 2015:

On Feminism, non-fiction at the Bogman’s Cannon

First poems published, at Black Sheep Journal

First medical non-fiction, “The Bomb” at the Bogman’s Cannon

Interview with Tim O’Leary, of TV3 “Islanders”, for the Bogman’s Cannon

Medical non-fiction at the Bogman’s Cannon

Pick of the Month August 2015 at Ink, Sweat and Tears 

Poem publication at The Screech Owl

A Female Perspective on Art, at the Bogman’s Cannon 

Interview with Bethany W. Pope, for the Bogman’s Cannon

Interview with Derry O’Sullivan, for the Bogman’s Cannon

Interview with Wendy Cope, for the Bogman’s Cannon

Review of Trickster Crow, an IMRAM production, with Réaltán Ní Leannáin, for the Bogman’s Cannon

On Domestic Abuse, at the Bogman’s Cannon

On the NHS, at the Bogman’s Cannon

First Flash Fiction publication at Jellyfish Review

Being invited to be an editor at the Bogman’s Cannon has been great fun and expanded my horizons as a writer, while teaching me to be an editor. It also gives me the chance to showcase other people’s work that I find interesting. Additionally, I was one of the judges for the Bogman’s Cannon Irish People’s Poetry Prize 2015, which showcased the best of current young and radical Irish poetry.

What’s coming up in 2016?

There was an acceptance note in December for my first print poem, and I’m expecting that in January or February.  This is with an Irish publication, so am doubly delighted.

The academic chapter I wrote back in the summer of 2014 “How to Set Up an Obstetric High Dependency Unit” still has not gone to print.  This is a medium sized medical textbook, with multiple contributors and two editors.  There will however, be pictures, once I get a copy in my hands.

Delighted to say that my work as an editor and writer for the Bogman’s Cannon will continue this year.

Thank you to you, my readers, for your continuing interest and support. Happy New Year to you all!

First piece of Flash Fiction

Delighted to say that Jellyfish Review kindly published my first ever piece of flash fiction today.

Writing this was exploring new territory – the brevity of flash fiction and making every word count, appeals to me.  In other ways it’s more straightforward than poetry.

The next thing for me to learn, is differentiating which form works better for a particular piece – poetry or flash.

Thanks to the editor at Jellyfish Review, Christopher James, for this publication.


First Flash Fiction acceptance

It has already been a very lucky year for getting my writing out and about in the world.

Today I received an acceptance for my first piece of flash fiction at Jellyfish Review.

Jellyfish Review is a new website dedicated to flash fiction, using super graphics to showcase the words.

Thanks to Christopher James for accepting the piece.

Bantry Scenes Old Hotels, Canty’s Hotel, c 1890, Pier, and Plaque to Bantry Gang and War of Independence

The house I grew up in. Formerly The Railway Hotel, then Canty’s Hotel, before Dad took it over in the early 1960’s. In the grand scheme, it kind of makes my family blow-ins (though Dad is a Corkman).



Bantry Scenes Old Hotels, Canty’s Hotel, c 1890, Pier, and Plaque to Bantry Gang and War of Independence

Source: Bantry Scenes Old Hotels, Canty’s Hotel, c 1890, Pier, and Plaque to Bantry Gang and War of Independence

Nomination for Pick of the Month at Ink, Sweat and Tears

This week, I got a note saying that Ink, Sweat and Tears run a Pick of the Month thing, and that my name was on the list for August 2015 for the poem “Itch”.

Voting closes at 11pm (UK time) Wednesday 16th September.

Your vote would be very much appreciated if you enjoyed the poem.

Thank you.

Middlesex Hospital Chapel open for London architecture festival

The place I used to go inside the hospital I trained, for a few minutes respite. The door would close with a soft thuck behind you, keeping the world and all it’s demands at bay for a few precious moments.

Fitzrovia News

The chapel that once stood at the heart of the Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street is to open to the public this month after undergoing a £2million restoration.

Outside of chapel. Middlesex Hospital Chapel will be on public view for Open House weekend.

Completed in 1929 for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors of the Middlesex Hospital, and closed since 2005 when the hospital was vacated, it has stood shuttered and alone on the site while everything else around it was demolished. Now the Grade II* listed Middlesex Hospital Chapel is to open for the Open House Weekend of 19 and 20 September.

The Chapel will also be transferred into the hands of a charitable trust which will be charged with looking after the building and maintaining it with a £300,000 dowry provided by a s106 agreement as part of the Fitzroy Place commercial and residential development being built by Exemplar.


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Pre 1800 Ancient Main Street, Bantry, West Cork.

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Pre 1800 Ancient Main Street, Bantry, West Cork.

Parallel to New Street at the back of the old Vickeries Hotel and Vickeries Hardware store lays the old Min Street of Bantry. It contained numerous businesses including a number of pubs. Its remnants can be seen in the lane behind the present Vickeries Store. That store comprises three former separate businesses including a hardware shop, shoemakers. Vickeries Hotel was burned down during the troubles but a part tot the rear survived as is seen in the enclosed photographs. This property including the former Vickeries garage which was operational until the 1960s was acquired some years ago for re development.

In the photos there is an old window over an arch and the remnants of a cobbled pathway. Before the present New Street was built it was part of Bantry Bay and lighters small flat bottomed boats brought cargo…

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