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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Revival 23

I received my contributor's copy of Revival 23 in the post yesterday. I have a sonnet included in the literary journal called "What the Rain Makes". I wrote it earlier in the year after driving to Dublin on a particularly wet night.

There are some lovely poems included here. I like the simplicity of "Bridie is on her way to prayer," by Chris Murray and the wonderfully woven "Watchmaker" by Tim Cunningham. Knute Skinner, Mae Leonard, Richard Halperin, Mike Gallagher, John Liddy, Maurice Devitt, Dominic Taylor and Fred Johnston have poems included. Elizabeth Reapy of Wordlegs and Arthur Broomfield of Outburst have pieces published too.

Revival was put together by Noel King, Mark Lloyd and James Lawlor. To purchase the journal visit

Submissions for issue 24 are currently being sought.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Emerald Isle

I'm home. The emerald isle seems apt after all the Australian opals I saw but do we produce any emeralds literally? After heady Malaysia where it streamed rain I touched down in London. It was a monster of a thirteen hour flight. Landing in Dublin was so very sweet last night.

I was saddened to hear about the death of Maeve Binchy. I read Echoes when I was quite young and loved it. The Copper Beech was a favourite too. May she rest in peace.