A Week in Words: Feb 9

I was off a-reading at The Ash Sessions: Cover of Love yesterday (more of that, coming soon) so the Sunday round-up comes to you Monday instead. Surely, the declamation of love poetry on the streets of Ranelagh, warming the hearts and minds of the populace is a thoroughly acceptable excuse?

Here’s what caught my eye, ear and funny bone this week.


Poem of the Week:

O Me! O Life – Walt Whitman

A Darned Good Read:

10 Authors on James Joyce

Irish Authors on Longlist for Richest Short Story Award

Famous Creative People on the Fear of Failure

Style Sheet: A Conversation with my Copy Editor

21 Amazing Last Lines from Literature

Burning Bush 2: Issue 6 – New poems from John W. Sexton, Kevin Higgins, Nessa O’Mahony and more.

The Bohemyth: February Issue – New Writing by Claire Hennessey, Doireann Ni Ghriofa and more.

Excerpt from Writers on Writing – Mary Gordan discusses her writing tools and routines.

Submissions & Competitions:

Headstuff – Alan Bennett’s collaborative web-site covering literary work, history, science, music, film and more.

Bare Fiction – seeking features and reviews

BBC National Short Story Award – deadline Feb 28.

Inspiration for Writers:

Jo Bell’s Write a Poem a Week blog, ’52’ – great ideas and writing prompts.

Advice for Poets:

How to Speak Poetry: Sarah Clancy – The Ash Sessions

How to Win a Poetry Competition – 10 Tips from Poet, Carole Bromley

How to be a Writer – Advice from writer, Jeannine Ouelette

Upcoming Literary Events in Ireland:

Burning Love 3 – A night of noir, music and tall tales – Dublin – 14th Feb

Cork Spring Poetry Festival – 12th – 15th Feb – with Billy Collins, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & more.

Dublin Writers Forum – Every Thursday at The Workman’s Club, Dublin – 7.30pm

Literary Fun:

I Write Like – pop in a couple of paragraphs of text to discover which famous writer you write like

Quote of the Week: W. H. Auden

“Auden said something disparaging about Samuel Beckett getting the Nobel Prize for Literature. Nikos said: ‘Who else is there?’ Auden shook his head so all the sagging wrinkles shook and said: ‘There’s me.’” (via)


What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s