An extract from my next novel will be published in ‘Reading the Future‘, an anthology of Irish writing published by Arlen House to celebrate bookshop Hodges & Figgis’s 250 years in Dublin.
This November I am reading poetry/short fiction at the Winter Warmer Festival – a weekend of poetry in Cork
I am reading at the Bray Literary Festival this weekend – 22nd to 24th 2017
I shall be reading at the Bray Literary Festival September 2017
Reading at Hag’s Head, Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
I shall be attending the Official Opening of Books@One Community Bookshop in Louisburg 29th at 2pm and in the company of fine writers and musicians and readers.
Please see here @booksatone for all details.
I shall be reading with short story writer Danielle McLaughlin at the Domineer Literary Festival October the 9th.
I have a new story coming soon in the next issue of The Lonely Crowd.
I am reading with poet Lorna Shaughnessy this Saturday 18th June 6pm at the Belfast Book Festival.
I shall be reading with Maire T. Robinson at the Ennistymon Book Town Festival Saturday the 4th June.
Review of Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin
The Penny Dreadful literary magazine has published Alan McMonagle’s review of ‘Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin’.
‘Foyle’s characters hover in a no-man’s land between being and not being, captivity and release, arrival and return. It’s almost as though they do not know how to posses themselves, and it is within these ambiguous states of uncertainty and isolation and not-knowing that Foyle conjures remarkable fictions.’
My story ‘The Rat and The World’ is published on-line in the Fortnightly Fiction section of Headstuff on-line magazine at http://www.headstuff.org
Late January 2016
STACCATO reading with four other wonderful writers.
Late December 2015
The writer Alan McMonagle has chosen Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin as one of his books of the year at at headstuff.org
My story ‘Husk’ has been translated in French and published in K1n – an on-line Canadian literary translation journal.
A Radio Interview
On Sunday night, 31st of October, I shall be interviewed on live radio in New York at 8pm USA time. WGXC is a community radio station based in New York’s Greene and Columbia counties. I will be interviewed by Tony Fallon, musician and poet.
My story ‘Husk’ from my collection Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin has been translated into French by the wonderful literary translator, Jennyfer Collin and it will be published in the fall issue of the Canadian journal of literary translation K1N.
I shall read from old and new work at The Irish Literary Society this September 28th in London.
I shall be reading poetry at the Westport Arts Festival with Geraldine Mills and John Banville on October 3rd.
A review of Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin at Bookmunch
I shall be reading at The Vilenica Literary Festival in Slovenia.
I shall also be reading at City Lit Literary Festival 2015 in London.
Hubert O Hearn from by The Book Reviews interviews me here
Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin has been reviewed by Hubert O Hearn at By The Book Reviews.
Read it here
I shall be reading at the Vilenica International Literary Festival this coming September. Read here.
January 2015 I will be reading at the Limerick Literary Festival this February. It is a festival in honour of the writer Kate O’Brien. See here
December 2014 My deep thanks to the editors at the Wales Arts Review. They have nominated my story ‘How I Murdered Lucrezia’ for the Pushcart Prize. Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin has been picked by Joseph O’Connor as one of his favourite books of 2014. Read here Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin has been included in the Wales Arts Review’s 2014: Short Story Collections of the Year
November 2014 *The Tin Jug Studio Writing Residency* For one week I lived and wrote in Birr, Co Offaly in the 17th century Brendan House, an exquisite B&B run by Rosalind and Derek Fanning. This residency was part of a pilot venture between Brendan House/The Tin Jug Studio and Sinead O’Reilly the Arts Officer of Offaly Council, and the historical fiction writer Malcom Ross McDonald. During last summer, writers were invited to apply for three individual residencies. Finally Mary Russell,fiction and travel writer; Iggy McGovern, scientist and poet and myself were offered the great opportunity to write in such evocative and inspirational surroundings this October. I stayed in The Grey Room. It is full of books, 17th Century prints, a chaise longue bed with a net canopy, a small sink basin, a table and a writing desk. There is a sash window and a window box. There are mirrors and various curios. Behind the armchair hangs a Chinese robe. Brendan House is owned and run by Rosalind and Derek Fanning. It is a treasure trove of a house. There are wall hangings, paintings, riding hats in the hall, and there are two black dogs, named Luan and Cullain, and a female cat called Keats, who may come to the door of your room. Rosalind is a gifted artist and a wonderful host. There were notes left on hall table detailing times of breakfast and dinner. Food allergies and dietary requests were catered for and the meals were beautifully presented and delicious. Your time was utterly your own at this residency. It actually resembled a retreat. There was just each day to fill exactly as you wanted. There were no caveats. No demands to ‘pay for your supper’ but you were encouraged to experience Birr and its community. As part of the residency each writer received a €15 dinner voucher for the beautiful Spinners Restaurant to be enjoyed on one night of the week. I shared my writing week with the poet Iggy McGovern and on the first night Rosalind took us to the Harvest Festival service at the local Methodist church. There was supper afterwards then a discussion in front of the drawing-room fire of what we thought this residency might give us. Writing time and thinking time was important for me. You could write either in your room, or in the drawing-room on a beautiful bureau or if you prefer you could take the Tin Jug studio key and work in there, with the fire stove on and look out through the window on to the small green arbour that Rosalind and her husband created from an old, and once derelict yard. Birr Castle is within walking distance of Brendan House and for our first visit, Rosalind came with us and we followed her across bridges and through trails until we came to a beautiful log cabin overlooking the castle’s lake. I was fascinated by the great telescope, built by William Parsons the 3rd Earl of Rosse and by the science conference centre where I learned not only about the spiral galaxies that the Earl discovered but that his wife, Mary Rosse, financed her husband’s experiments and was a gifted and dedicated photographer as well as architect. Her photographic studio is on display at the centre. My thanks to all the judges who gave me a place on the residency scheme but a special thank you to Rosalind, for making it such a marvellous experience. Her attention to and care of the writers was superb. I hope it is the beginning of many Tin Jug Residencies.
October 2014 * The http://http://www.walesartsreview.org/wales-arts-review-3-20/dedicates some great space to the Cork International Short Story Festival of 2014 with interviews and Q&A with some of the writers. * John Lavin from Wales Arts Review also interviews me here * My essay on Jean Rhys is also published in this issue of the Wales Arts Review
Sept 2014 * Just Write – an article I wrote for Writing.ie * My review of Encounters With Nigel, a collection of essays, memories and accounts of the poet Nigel Jenkins and his poetry; edited by Jon Gower and published by the H’mm Foundation, it can be read here at the Wales Arts Review
* Clemency Browne Dreams Of Gin, my second short story collection published by Arlen House will be launched on Wednesday the 10th September in Dublin City Library, Pearse Street alongside A Fascination With Fabric, a collection of literary essays by Eileen Casey; and Staying Thin For Daddy, the debut short fiction collection from Deirdre Brennan. * I will be reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival on the 17th September 2014.
* A Literary Lunchtime Reading at the Ulster Hall, Belfast on the 24th September.
Recent News * I have been awarded a week’s residency in this coming October at The Tin Jug Studio in Birr, Co. Offaly. My thanks to judges, Rosalind Fanning, (creator of The Tin Jug Studio), Sinéad O’Reilly (Arts Officer of Offaly County Council) and the distinguished author Malcolm Ross MacDonald.
* My short story How I Murdered Lucrezia was published in the Summer Fiction Special of the Wales Arts Review
* My short story Mutant is in the anthology Noir by Noir West, edited by James Martyn Joyce and published by Arlen House and launched at Cuirt 2014 Noir at Cuirt