Thursday, 1 December 2016

Eavan Boland: Inside history launch

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Submissions open for Skylight Magazine

ISSUE 8 of Skylight magazine is scheduled for Spring 2017
Submissions will be accepted up to 1 Jan 2017 (deadline midnight 1 Jan).

Please send up to three poems, along with a short biographical note (max 60 words), to Work should be unpublished.

Poems to be no longer than 40 lines.

Please send your poems both as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .txt or .rtf) and in the body of the email.

The editors are also looking for original artwork. We will be featuring one artist in each issue, publishing four or five pieces. If you would like to be this artist, please email your work during the submission window.

Contributors will receive one copy of the magazine.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

I'm reading with Maurice Devitt this Monday 28th November 8pm at The Eden House, Rathfarnham. 
All welcome. 
It should be an innovative joint reading.

Space to Write

There are residencies and retreats for writing and other artistic spaces popping up all over the place. Each has its own ethos and feel. Here's one in a restored Victorian villa historically named ‘Glenhassan Hall’ facing Northern Ireland’s Downhill beach, Coleraine, Co Derry. It has a draw for a free stay at the end of January.

Space to Write 2017 is now taking bookings.

From Friday the 27th of Jan - Feb 5th.  It's 2 weekends plus the week in between.  

These dates are set aside for writers to have 'Space to Write' at a very low rate ( less than half normal price per room) The minimum booking is 3 nights, price is £22 per single room per night. We provide a beautiful space, a real fire, and endless tea and coffee. You bring yourself and the project you are are working on and food/drink for self-catering. There is no requirement to meet with the other participants or share what you are working on, however this tends to happen naturally. There is a gentle and supportive atmosphere and you will meet wonderful encouraging people.

The FB event is here:  Join it to be entered into the draw for a free stay!  

To reserve a space email McCall with your preferred dates at or send a PM. 

Downhill Beachhouse

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Scottish Arts Short Story Competition

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide aged over 18 years, by 30 September 2017, published and unpublished.
Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic.

A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process with the writer Alexander McCall Smith making the final selection of the winner and the runners-up.

The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing is open to all unpublished writers over 18 years by 30 September 2017 who were born in Scotland, had their primary residence in Scotland or were studying in Scotland on 1 January 2017.


Every story submitted carries an entry fee of £10 payable as a donation to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust via credit/debit card, PayPal or cheque. All funds raised through the competition will be channelled through the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust to benefit the arts in Scotland.


  • All stories should be in English, double spaced, 12pt, in Microsoft Word or in a PDF format. The title of the story and page number should appear on every page. This should be inserted using the header format option.
  • The total number of words excluding the title should be listed at the end of the story.  

SUBMISSION: Stories are submitted via email with an entry form to

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition includes awards for:

  • The overall winner – £800
  • Two runners-up – £100 each
  • The Scottish Arts Club Members Award – Trophy
  • The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing – £500
  • All finalists – signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith novel

All finalists in the short story competition will be informed personally by email or by telephone by 15 September. Finalists stories will be published on the websites of the Scottish Arts Club and the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust.

The awards will be presented on Saturday 14 October 2017 during the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner.

All the stories from 2016 may be read on the web site of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust – where writers may also enter the 2017 competition.

Deadline: 31st March 2017

Monday, 21 November 2016

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2016

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is to be judged this year by their patron, Sir Andrew Motion.  When asked what he will be looking for in the winning entries he said:
‘I’m looking for poems that surprise me – not by their ostentation, but by making me see, think, remember, recover things I’ve forgotten I already know.’
This years winners will be announced next year, in what would have been Charles’ 100th year, and will be included in the celebrations and publications which will mark this important moment.
The 1st prize winner will receive £2000 and the opportunity to stay at Causley’s former home in Launceston, Cyprus Well, during his centenary year for a week-long stay.
The 2nd prize winner will receive £250 and the 3rd prize winner £100.
Five highly commended poets whose work shows particular promise will be offered a mentoring development opportunity with one of our writer’s in residence during 2017.
Entries will be shortlisted by an expert panel and the final decision will be made by Sir Andrew Motion.
Fee: The first poem submitted costs £7. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £5 per poem. 
 40 lines of text maximum, no minimum. The title is not included in the line count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted in the line count. Titles, epigraphs and dedications are also not counted as lines. 
Postal Entries only. Link here
Deadline: 1st December

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Haiku for Science Hack Day


It’s really simple
These are really simple
tap tap tap

In principal,
we should be able to
tap tap tap

that little arrow
see the little checkmark
that’s when the fun starts

Look, if I wave
I change the numbers
on the screen

I don’t know much
I can follow instructions
that’s important

You need to use
a proper crimper
Of course we have one

Him? He knows stuff
he just takes shit apart
and wiggles it

How long did it take
for him to fix it
oh seconds

Making prototypes
we have more ideas than time
to make them all work

hot duck in plastic -
ideally to mould it
saw it in half

It has chemistry
electronics and software
mechanics and art

the motor squeezes
the drop falls, splashes, lit up
the camera flashes

duck on the bottom
incoming wave bobs duck on top
powers LED

Mother’s pattern
drawn into the present -
laser cut fabric

Limerick drivers
One cyclist retaliates
vest and LEDs

So many photos -
two people watching a third

Floating lanterns
LEDs and thermocouples
such pretty colours

Pimp my chair
Help me overcome
daily obstacles

braille display -
little wheels and pins
one way internet

We’re brewing beer
squirting carbon dioxide
displacing O2

Who set off
the fire alarm?
who’s on fire?

When’s the next one?
Five years of never again
Never again