Masthead and all the other great pictures are by Alan 'Baggelboy' Rogerson.
My second collection of poetry, Songs from the Blue River, is out now. It’s a collection which gives voice to oak trees, earthworms, starlings, salmon, lakes and glaciers; and a few humans too. Find out more.
Short stories |
24 June 2018There were four people in the church for morning prayer. Four people, all over sixty. One of them asleep. I always applaud the vicar, at the end. Every church I go to, I applaud the vicar. Sometimes I approach him afterwards and I say, it’s a hard job you have, vicar. Somebody should tell them,…
A Storm Blown from Paradise
8 June 2018You can hear a podcast of me reading this essay over at Emergence. Not far from where I live in the west of Ireland is the former home of the country’s greatest modern poet, William Butler Yeats. Thoor Ballylee, an old Norman tower attached to a low thatched cottage, is set in a quiet river…
17 March 2018I’ll put up my hands and make an admission: I don’t read many contemporary novels. Most of them seem, well, too contemporary. For a long time, much ‘literary’ fiction has skated along the surface of modern urban life, engaging with the ‘interiority’ of the middle class mind and whatever cultural brouhaha is currently in fashion…
The Beauty of Things
13 September 2017In August 2017, I was invited to give a talk at Tor House, former home of the Californian poet Robinson Jeffers. Jeffers was one of the inspirations for the Dark Mountain Project, which takes its name from one of his poems, so it was with a sense of having come full circle that I spoke…
The Last Wolf
23 August 2017Is there anything more tiresome than debating the essence of “Englishness” – or any other national identity, come to that? Millions of words must have been spilt on this fruitless quest over the past century, generating gigatonnes of wind that could have been usefully harvested for energy. Each time, no “essence” is to be found,…
A Washington conversation
11 August 2017A film of a talk, with readings, I gave in the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington DC in August 2017, about my books ‘Beast’ and ‘Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist.’