Essays

Life vs The Machine

April 27, 2019 I was in the local pub with my friend Mark. We meet every Tuesday night in this tiny village in…

The Great Work

November 18, 2018 One night, many years ago, I was visited in a dream by a figure I had never seen before and…

The Circling

August 1, 2018 I am 20,000 words into my novel and something is missing. Perhaps not missing; perhaps not quite birthed. Some edge…

A Storm Blown from Paradise

June 8, 2018 Not far from where I live in the west of Ireland is the former home of the country’s greatest modern…

The Axis and the Sycamore

April 15, 2017 This summer, I built my children a tree house. Adults build tree houses because they always wanted one when they…

The Lie of the Land

April 10, 2017 Last June, I voted to leave the European Union. I wasn’t an anti-EU fanatic but I was, despite my advancing…

2016: Year of the Serpent

December 15, 2016 We take almost all of the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which…

Brexit & the culture of Progress

November 3, 2016 In his introduction to the 1979 edition of his novel Pig Earth – the first in a trilogy chronicling the…

Four poets’ houses

October 15, 2016 1. Dove Cottage, Grasmere, England Until now, poetry has meant nothing to me. I’ve never understood it, or much cared.…

The Call of the Wild

July 26, 2016 We had climbed, slowly, to a high mountain ridge. We were two young Englishmen who were not supposed to be…
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