Some Things I Like

Hi. If you’ve clicked here you’re either one of three things: my friend, my girlfriend or you’re related to me, and thanks for that. If not, let me extend a further thanks and explain a little bit about what makes me tick.

First, there’s the reading. And then the writing. Both of these things have interested me for as long as I can remember and like most people who enthusiastically read and write I have some favourites. These favourites are transient and subject to change, but right now they include: Richard Ford, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sinéad Morrissey, Philip Levine, Leontia Flynn, Claudia Rankine, Seamus Heaney, Michael Donaghy, Joan Didion, James Baldwin, Ciaran Carson, Arthur Rimbaud and Carolyn Forché.

I am interested in the subject of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland and, in particular, on the experiences of Irish emigrants who have left the country following the Crash. I have started exploring this in my own writing—having recently joined the ex-pat community—and alongside writing poems about the history of my hometown on the Irish border, I am fascinated by writing that unpicks the peculiarities of other regional communities across the island.

I like music and the occasional pint, and like people who enjoy reading, the folks who take their music seriously invariably have some favourites. For me these include: The Clash, The Doors, The Beatles, A Tribe Called Quest, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, 2Pac, My Bloody Valentine, LCD Soundsystem, Nirvana, Jefferson Airplane, Fleet Foxes, Bob Dylan, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire.

I have a girlfriend whom I love and a small dog we rescued from a sanctuary. We live in a tiny flat and spend too much time eating junk food and watching TV. The immigrant experience can often be difficult—even if you’re coming from somewhere as close to Britain culturally as Ireland is physically—but we have an enthusiasm and closeness that keeps us going and a determination to see things right.