Welcome to my new blog

Hi there.

I'm a writer and freelance teacher and editor with an addiction to new technology.

Having haphazardly kept a blog elsewhere over the past couple of years, I'm determined to start afresh with this one. The challenge will be to keep it updated, interesting and relevant. Time will tell.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Milton Live - Trinity College Dublin 14th December 2012

I'm absolutely delighted to be part of this splendid endeavour - Dr Philip Coleman of Trinity College has put together a live reading of the full version of Milton's epic poem, 'Paradise Lost'. Here's some more information, courtesy of the TCD School of English facebook page:

The School of English invites you to attend the first full public reading of John Milton's Paradise Lost in Ireland in aid of the National Trust for the Blind in Ireland. Readers include Harry Clifton, Gerald Dawe, Seamus Heaney, Dave Lordon, Thomas Luxon, Iggy McGovern, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, David Norris, Michael O'Loughlin, Nessa O'Mahony, Eve Patten, Provost Patrick Prendergast, Gerard Smyth, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods, members of Trinity Players, students and staff of the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and many more!

All welcome-please come and show your support!

When: Friday, December 14, 2012, 10am-10pm

Where: 10am-2pm Graduate Memorial Building, Trinity College Dublin. 2pm-10pm in the Gallery Chapel, Trinity College Dublin

Who: Our readers, your good selves, and all of your friends!

Friday, November 23, 2012

New departure - the film-poem, or is it a poem-film

I have been working with my husband and occasional conspirator Peter Salisbury on a new development. We're experimenting with combining words and images to produce something that's neither simply a poem or a film, but depends on both the words and the images to create the aesthetic impact.

Our first project came about when we shared an extraordinary moment on the last night of our honeymoon in Rome in October 2012. We'd been advised to go up to the sixth floor roof-top restaurant, where the view of the city was unparalleled. We arrived just as dusk was falling and the rain clouds were gathering.

What we saw up there astonished us, and was the impetus for this film-poem. Here it is - we hope you like it.