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Mary Oliver

It was Mary Oliver’s fourth anniversary a few days ago (17th January). I decided to mark the day by following her own perennial example. I rose early and went for a walk. I’m within a short walk of the Lagan … Continue reading

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A long gap …

Dear me. It’s been a while. So long in fact that I omitted to post about my December Country Diary about Malin Head. So it’s 2023. I have been thinking about this blog and the new year, and about my … Continue reading

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Drumskinney Stone-Circle, Cairn and Alignment

The name is like a poem. But this is my latest Country Diary. I made a foray to home territory, my natal country, the place where I was “reared”, as we used to say. While I was there, I had … Continue reading

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Eight Types of Love

I was delighted and honoured to be asked to read with Gaynor Kane as part of her launch of her 3rd collection of poetry, Eight Types of Love, from Hedgehog Press. I was particularly pleased that Gaynor invited me to … Continue reading

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Keeper

Last Wednesday, 10 August 2022, Derry poet Mícheál McCann launched his gorgeous pamplet “Keeper” (edited by Ben Townley-Canning, fourteen poems press), at the Sunflower Bar in Belfast. It was a lovely evening. Ben came over from London to introduce, and … Continue reading

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Bangor Black Guillemots

My latest Country Diary on the much-loved colony of black guillemots in Bangor was a joy to write. Well, it’s true to say that all my Country Diaries are a joy to write, even when they mean getting up at some godawful … Continue reading

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Building a home for swifts

My latest contribution to The Guardian’s Country Diary celebrates the swifts of the Crescent Arts Centre; and, indeed, celebrates how the Crescent Arts Centre celebrates them itself, both in its care of the nesting colony, and through the Belfast Book … Continue reading

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A dawn of blackbirds

I didn’t stray too far from home for my latest Country Diary. As always, many thanks to Paul Fleckney, editor.

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Wilfred Owen’s Strange Meeting

I was delighted, if that’s the right word, to see Carol Rumen’s analysis of Strange Meeting in today’s Guardian. Like one of the commentators below the article, I too grew up during the Troubles and was educated in a convent … Continue reading

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The last of the line

I was contacted recently by Summer Palace Press, who published my first poetry collection, Black Wolf on a White Plain. The launch of that book, way back in September 2001, was delayed by 9/11. I had exactly four copies left … Continue reading

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