Never fear the blank page
out of nothingness all must come
and back to it return.
Wait patiently in the void
and the message will be spun.
I was born in Co. Clare in the West of Ireland and have lived most of my adult life in Britain. I work at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK.
My poetry dwells stems from the culture of my childhood and adolescence in Ireland and has grown to maturity in the world of my adulthood in Britain. My most recent collection, The Muted Blade (2017), is very much the work of a bystander musing on world events and more human-sized occurrences. My next collection returns to a form I toyed with in In an Oubliette, the narrative poem, and it is set in the Ireland of the 30s, 40s and 50s.
I also translate poetry by women, a couple of these very well known, and others a little bit forgotten. I am currently working on poetry by Maria Valupi, a Portuguese poet who wrote in French, Portuguese and Spanish, in Oporto and published her work in the 40s, 50s and 60s.