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So, You Wanna be a Poet? by Peadar O’Donoghue
Posted by Peadar O'Donoghue in , .

The difficult second album. If, like me, you don’t get your first collection published ‘til you are fifty years old, then you have a whole lot of life to go...

The Creative Process: Making Poems by Paula Meehan
Posted by Paula Meehan in , .

Hands down, one of the best parts of being Anam Cara’s director is getting to know the writers- and artists-in-residence and their work. They have taught me and each other much...

The Monday Night Cure: Organising Live Events by Abby Oliveira
Posted by Abby Oliveira in , .

The Beginning Back in January of 2015, while I was wrapped around a mug of extra-strong coffee in Sandino’s Bar  in Derry, the bar’s owner (and long-time supporter of local...

What Makes a Writer? by Alison Hackett
Posted by Alison Hackett in , .

Am I a writer? I think so. Most mornings I read the paper and within a couple of articles find myself reaching for the laptop to write a letter to...

A Story of Three Chairs at Mountains to Sea by Úna Ní...
Posted by Úna Ní Cheallaigh in , .

This is not the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, finding chairs and eating porridge. It is about poetry, sustenance of a different kind, at this year’s Mountains to...

Finding New Notes, Or Writing The Second Collection Of Poems by Karl...
Posted by Karl Parkinson in , .

There comes a time for every poet when they reach a point were they have written all the childhood poems, all the where I come from poems, all the this...

Poetry Pamphlet DIY: How to Create Your Own Chapbook
Posted by Victoria Kennefick in , .

‘Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.’ Don Marquis Emerging poets often bring out a poetry pamphlet or...

Having a Laugh with Poetry by Susan Lindsay
Posted by Susan Lindsay in , .

There’s a conversation on Linked In about the lack of comedy or light-heartedness in poetry at the moment. (Why does it seem poets are reluctant to whimsy and frivolity these...

Madrid Is (Still) A Woman; Inspiration for ‘Keeping Bees’ by Dimitra Xidous
Posted by Dimitra Xidous in , .

It took 7 years to make Keeping Bees. And a broken heart.  And some guts.  A lot of guts. I won’t go back to the beginning – to the broken...

Get Past the Fear of Poetry with Susan Lindsay
Posted by Susan Lindsay in , .

Poetry is irrelevant or has elitist language you find patronisingly offensive? It’s archaic. You don’t understand poetry and contemporary poems just aren’t poetry at all, they don’t even rhyme… The...