Readings: tonight and Saturday

Tonight (Wednesday 28th Jan 2009) I’ll be at the regular Last Wednesday writers open mic hosted by Seven Towers, along with a huge selection of poets and prose writers. I’ll be reading a newly written short story “Of Little Consequence”.

Last Wednesday takes place every last Wednesday at 7.30pm, in Cassidy’s of Westmorland Street – more details at

Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic
January 28, 2009 (7:30 pm Р9:30 pm)
(Open Mic Night) First Seven Towers event of 2009. 7.30 in Cassidy’s of Westmoreland St. Our regular reading and open mic with Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among others!

On Saturday 31st Jan I’ll be taking part in a special day of fundraising for the RNLI, with a reading at the Pavillion in Dun Laoghaire at 3pm, featuring the grounding/rescue story from my forthcoming book Shiprocked.

Also reading will be the poet Ross Hathaway.

Independent preview

Here’s the piec e on Shiprocked which ran in the Irish Independent on Saturday.

Irish Independent - Review section (Books)

Irish Independent - Review section (Books)

The cover illustrated here is still currently a roughwork, full version will be available soon.

Publication date in UK and Ireland is 31st March 2009


Shiprocked! profiled in today’s Irish Independent

There is a nice little piece about the forthcoming publication of Shiprocked! – Life On The Waves With Radio Caroline in the Review section of today’s Irish Independent (Sat 17th Jan 2009). it gives some info about the book, and a mention for Phantom too.(the review section is not online yet, so I can’t link to the piece)

Speaking of Phantom, I’m now on regularly on Saturdays 5-7pm as well as every Sunday 7-9pm.

Back here later this week with a review of a great album I picked up this week from a former broadcaster turned singer, Adrianne Sebastian Scott.


Shiprocked! – publication date 31st March

A quick update, publication of Shiprocked! has been confirmed for March 31st 2009 by Liberties Press.

It will be available from that date through normal retail outlets in the UK and Ireland, through various online sales sites (including the Radio Caroline Sales operation and the Phantom 105.2 Merchandise Store ).

A special pre-order package for Caroline supporters to include extra content is currently being agreed – more details shortly.

A number of launch events and readings will take place in both the UK and Ireland throughout the spring, and I will also continue to read at the monthly Seven Towers event Last Wednesday in Dublin (next event: 7pm Wednesday 28th January at Cassidys of Westmorland street).


This is the year . .

Every New Year for the last several years, I’ve made the resolution to get the book finished, to get representation, and said to myself ‘maybe this will be the year when I finally get it published”.

But this new year is different – thanks to a huge number of things that happened in 2008,not least the sterling efforts Seven Towers Literary Agency, I start 2009 knowing that this IS the year in which my tale of life at sea with Radio Caroline will finally see the light of day.

Publication by Liberties Press is due at the end of March or early April (firm date to be announced soon).

Even knowing this, I was still amazed to find myself listed in the Irish Times today, in a feature on books that we can look forward to in 2009.

I know I should be all calm, and professionally detached, but really, I just want to say: Woo Hoo!