‘The Irish in Britain’ by Sarah Clancy

The Irish in Britain   Had I lived I would be fifteen now scrawling your name on my copy-book as some listless teacher droned, we made our own spells our own rules you and I painted circle ‘A’s on canvas bags with Tippex, and later in my bedroom I would make you sniff it so [...]

‘Veracity and Other Stories’ poems by Sarah Clancy

The following two poems are by Sarah Clancy  from a forthcoming collection of prose and poetry, called Friction. Veracity and other stories   for Alice Kennelly   I've lived in four different decades today stepped onto three continents I took no visas no tickets no passports I wrote my own bill of passage I forged [...]

A Celebration of Irish Women Poets on Bloomsday 2012

Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer and poet, who has contributed poems and translations to the blog over sometime. I am linking here to her poetry collections page  La Pucelle   In the hush of my father’s house, before dusk rustles over the horizon, I take off the dress my mother made -it’s as ruby red as [...]

‘Phrase Books Never Equip you for the Answers’ by Sarah Clancy

Phrase Books Never Equip you for the Answers   On the morning of the fifteenth time we went through our sleep-with-your-ex routine, I had the usual optimism thing about mistakes is to not keep repeating the same ones I said disregarding the government health warning on the cigarettes I was sucking, crossing the road without [...]

An evening of women’s literature at the Irish Writer’s Centre (06/01/2012)

The Irish Writer's Centre,  last evening  06/01/2012,  hosted along with Dublin City Council a celebration of women's poetry, music and literature to mark Oíche Nollaig Na mBan (Women's Christmas). The event was presented by June Considine. And what a night it was. The event was bi-partite in structure, with readings by three poets and story-tellers to [...]