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A blog by Kate Dempsey

KATE DEMPSEY runs writing.ie's Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner.

Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.

You can follow Kate online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Interview with poet, Iggy McGovern

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 22 January 2012.

Iggy was born in Coleraine and is a Professor of Physics in Trinity College, Dublin. He has published two collections of poetry, The King of Suburbia and Safe House, with Dedalus Press. The King of Suburbia won the inaugural Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. Other awards include the Hennessy Award for Poetry and The Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. I have presented my poetry at writers’ festivals in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Australasia. I met Iggy McGovern...

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Seamus Heaney’s Archive

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 21 December 2011.

Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney donated his personal archive to the National Library. Today (If I finish this post before midnight) Seamus Heaney donated his archive to the National Library. According to the director, Fiona Ross, he drove up with his son and unloaded the boxes himself at the back door. There are notebooks given to him as presents from his children when they were small and you can have a look at the workings and...

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Guest Review of Acumen Magazine

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 6 December 2011.

Nicole O’Driscoll reviews the UK literary magazine Acumen for writing.ie. Guest Review: Acumen poetry magazine by Nicole O’Driscoll When I was asked to be a guest reviewer for writing.ie, it occurred to me that what I feel is more urgent than reviewing new poetry (though I’ll be doing that too) is the need to cut a path through the plethora of poetry magazines that are in circulation in Ireland and the UK. One of the most time-consuming tasks for...

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nterview with poet Eoghan Walls

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 5 December 2011.

Irish poet Eoghan Walls talks about poetry, Bananaman and his upcoming collection. Hi Eoghan and welcome to Writing.ie. How did you first get into poetry? I wanted to write from about three, when I was mainly into Bananaman.  Over the years, I got into horror – great cheap pulp titles generally, with titles like Slugs! and Scorpions! – and then studied English at University. I loved the way literature could open a new world for the reader – or briefly...

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Interview with poet Mary Madec

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 22 November 2011.

Mary Madec works with Villanova University in Ireland and has taught widely at Third Level (English lit. and Linguistics) but only recently had a shot at teaching writing. It’s a very different process, the teaching of writing, she says and tells us more about her journey with writing here, how she got into it and why she stays with it. Mary has been working with people with intellectual disabilities for some time now, teaching creative...

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The Sonnet

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 8 November 2011.

Exploring the sonnet as a poetic form, old and new. A well known poetic form. Have you tried to write in this form? Give it a go. It’s infectious. It has inspired poets from Dante to Shakespeare, Spenser, Rilke, Auden, Dylan Thomas and Elizabeth Bishop The Basics – layout 14 lines usually iambic pentameter See previous post here on rhyme and rhythm Petrachian Sonnet, the earlier version. Rhymes: Octave (8 lines) (abba abba) or (abab cdcd) Sestet...

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Interview with poet and Director of Poetry Ireland Joseph Woods

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 November 2011.

Joseph Woods is well known both as the seemingly tireless Director of Poetry Ireland but also as a poet in his own right. He talk about writing and the impact of his day job in an interview here. Thanks very much for agreeing to this interview and welcome to writing.ie. Could you introduce yourself to the readers please? I’ve been Director of Poetry Ireland for eleven years and recently my third book of poems Ocean Letterswas...

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Interview with poet, Alice Lyons

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 25 October 2011.

Alice is an interesting poet who experiments with poetry films. Well worth a look. Thanks very much for agreeing to this interview and welcome to writing.ie. Could you introduce yourself to the readers please? I was born in Paterson New Jersey in 1960 into an Irish-American family and grew up in the United States. I studied for degrees in European Intellectual History (BA Connecticut College), Sociolinguistics (M.Sc. University of Pennsylvania) and Fine Art (MFA, Boston University)and have...

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Interview with poet, Miriam Gamble

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 20 October 2011.

Belfast born poet Miriam Gamble talks about her career to date and offers candid insights for all poets. Thanks very much for agreeing to this interview and welcome to writing.ie. Could you introduce yourself to the readers please? My pleasure, Kate – many thanks for asking me. I published my first collection, The Squirrels Are Dead, with Bloodaxe just over a year ago and just before I moved to Glasgow, where I currently live. I’m originally from Belfast....

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Grace O’Malley discusses the Awdl Gywydd

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 15 October 2011.

There are twenty-four traditional poetic formats attributed to Welsh literature. This one from Grace O’Malley is the Awdl Gywydd. I hadn’t come across this particular Welsh poetic form but here’s a primer from Grace O’Malley on herblog Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. There are twenty-four traditional poetic formats attributed to Welsh literature, and there were even more before our current list was compiled in the Late Middle Ages, when some formats were omitted. Bardic tradition claims that the...

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