An exciting email awaited me – from Malachy Tallack who edits The Island Review: a whole page is dedicated to two of my island poems: Loom which is sort-of about lighthouses seen from Rathlin, and Landfall, a sort-of story about a man on Thoraigh Island. As Jen Hadfield is the poetry editor I feel incredibly honoured indeed. (For those that don’t know the loom is the dark side of the lighthouse’s flash of light or that’s how I interpreted it anyway.)
To explain: The Island Review describes itself as ‘an online magazine dedicated to great writing and visual art that comes from, is inspired by, celebrates or seeks to understand the extraordinary appeal of islands, as places and as metaphors.’ If you, like me, have strong feelings for islands you will fall for this beautiful and fascinating website, very professional-looking too. It makes me question my notion of what constitutes an ‘island’.
The very nice Abegail Morley has kindly written a review of my Handful book and you can see it here on the Handful of Water page. The launch is this Thursday evening at Rattery in Devon and anyone is welcome. You can also catch me reading from it later in the year at Exeter Uncut (July), Torbay Poetry Festival (Oct) and at the Poetry Café in London (Nov). More about this and t’others under News and Events.