Blog Hop

Last week, Neil J Burns was kind enough to tag me in a writers’ Blog Hop called The Next Big Thing, in which a writer answers ten questions on their current work in progress, and then tags other writers to do the same. So here’s my response. Please take a look at the three talent folk who I’ve also tagged too!

You can read Neil’s original post at http://belfastismymojo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/blog-hop.html

1) What is the title of your next book?

I’m currently working on two possible books of poetry however I suspect they may become one whole collection. I call them Triptych and Cashels, Crannogs and Soutterrains.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

They are a poetry collection influenced by my love of history I’ve done a load of research about a years worth gathering data a mix of historical and mythological. Triptych is an experiment I’m telling three tales at once, a story of my experiences growing up and living during the ‘Troubles’, near death experiences and social criticism of tribalism that is rife here.

3) What genre does your project fall under?

Poetry for now however I’ve been thinking about Elliott and Joyce lately and may try to copy some of their techniques.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Sir Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart for the stranger it would have to be Karl Urban.

5) What is a one sentence synopsis of your work?

Stephen Donaldson on acid meets The Wasteland 🙂

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

In an ideal world I would like to think a publisher would pick it up I currently have a book with a publishers that should be out sometime this year. In saying that I have no qualms about self publishing I self published a history text that I wrote.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Its a living breathing thing so is still being developed, I’ve a few pieces written and about 140 pages of research notes and scribbles. My last collection took 11 years to tweak.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t really like to compare my work to others but a few people who have read what I’ve produced so far have compared it to the Wasteland. They both use simile and metaphor as well as a break with traditional narrative structures.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I studied the archaeology of Ireland and learnt so much that I wanted to incorporate it into a piece of work somehow, Elliott was also a source of inspiration the Wasteland is one of my favorite texts. I also like Ulysses.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s a mix of history, mythology and life experiences told through an abstract lens. I want my work to be accessible by everyone and not exclusive.

NEXT WEEK ON THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP:

Oonah Joslin: Oonaverse and Parallel Oonaverse

Oonah V Joslin was born in Ballymena and lives in N. E. England. She is Managing Editor of Every Day Poets and three times winner of the MicroHorror competition. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction. You can find out more at Parallel Oonahverse. Oonah was a teacher for many years.

You can find Oonah’s blogs at  Oonahverse and Parallel Oonahverse.

Gary Spedding: Healing the Society

You can find Gary at: http://abureesh.wordpress.com/

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Long time silence

I apologise for the delay in updating this blog. I’ve been distracted lately with hospital tests and waiting for results. My family has the potential for a genetic mutation which triggers cancer. In essence the mutation is called Lynch Syndrome which affects the MSH6 gene a trigger which can malfunction. My dad has it, two of my aunts and several of my cousins. For some of them the diagnosis arrived to late to prevent the cancer from forming.

My own results have finally come back I’m cancer free and more importantly I don’t have the defect. This is quite a relief I’ve been worried sick over it and been having difficulty sleeping.

In other news A New Ulster has a new website A New Ulster Website. We’ve produced several new monthly issues and another poetry anthology all of which can be found at the site. We also recommended several poems for poetry prizes from the issue that is not my own 🙂 . I have heard that work on my first collection is still in progress.

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The Republic is a good place for Protestants now

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Richard W. Halperin – Inventory

The Galway Review

Richard W. Halperin is widely published on the island of Ireland. He has collections out via Salmon and Lapwing. The late William Sloane Coffin loved this poem, so, many years later, the dedication added.


Inventory

For William Sloane Coffin

The brain: dubious
The body: ludicrous
The leaders: dangerous
The idols: cancerous
The majority: porous
The experts: specious
The mad: ubiquitous
The sin: indigenous
The ignorance: bituminous
The love: miraculous
The opportunity: precious
The way: amphibious
The gains: precarious
The losses: serious
The breath: laborious
The end: obvious
The tally: inglorious
The hope: numinous
If the Sum
Be gracious.

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A New Ulster

Our latest issue is now online Happy New Year

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Academia, Love Me Back

My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that w…

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Directory of Irish poetry journals

Poem as Totem

Poetry journals appear and disappear. So I thought I’d compile a list of all the ones currently active on the island of Ireland.  If you see that any are missing, please leave me a comment, and I’ll amend.  I’m not including those published once a year, with winning competition poems. I’d love opinions on which you think have charisma, are outrageous or cutting edge, or excellent, or who are not keeping up with the times. The ones with the best covers and visual art, like this one, from Spontaneity’s latest issue:

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What are your favourites? Would love you to add your comments below.

So, here’s the list:

Abridged                                   http://abridgedonline.com/    Beautiful product. Online and print journal, based in the North (but we’re being inclusive here!) Besides, they’ve taken poems of mine, so they’re right…

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