A little over a two and half hours’ drive from Oslo—near the village of Tuddal and under the towering impression of Gausta, Telemark County’s highest peak—there is a rune stone that stands high on a mountain path. If you are leaving from Oslo, to get there you head west out of Norway’s capital past Bærum … More Witnessing the Rune Stone
Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union. I remember the day of the vote and the morning after when the shock result came through. I was living in Prague but was preparing to move home for the summer before moving once more to Norway. It was this very … More Wretched Strangers: Available to Pre-Order Now!
Headstuff published a short feature article of mine today on their site about what it means to be a reader from a working-class background. It’s a topic I’ve wanted to write about for many years, but haven’t had the courage until now to tackle it. This is a topic I’ve been thinking about since I … More Headstuff Article on class and reading
A new free anthology of Irish poetry, edited by Ellen Dillon is now available to read / download / print out from Martin Corless-Smith’s FREE POETRY website. The poets included are Ellen Dillon, Sheila Mannix, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Sarah Hayden, Kit Fryatt, Trevor Joyce, David Lloyd, myself, Cal Doyle, Karl Parkinson, Fergal Gaynor, Aodan MacArdle, Geoffrey … More Free Poetry: Irish Anthology
On March 3rd, 2018 there will be an evening of talks and discussions at Litteraturhuset, Oslo as several contemporary Irish writers gather to discuss everything from the future of the novel to the rise of the alt-right online. For more details check out the link on the Litteraturhuset website HERE!
Just in time for Christmas, Smithereens Press has published a new chapbook of work by myself and Maren Nygård. A dual-language collection of poetic conversation, the poems move across Norway and London, with many of the poems relating to the winter time. You can read (and download) the chapbook for free HERE.
There’s still a good three weeks left in the year I know, but I’ve decided to put up my list of my books for the year and one or two other things that I enjoyed in 2017. As with previous years, not everything I read this year came out this year. Any way, for what … More Books (and other things) of 2017
After a long summer hiatus from me, I’m back with a translation of Nordahl Grieg’s Oktoberaften på Karl Johan. The poem comes from his 1925 collection Stene i Strømmen (Stones in the Stream). October Evening on Karl Johan From the Norwegian of Nordahl Grieg Dizzy my red heart, as down I come from Slottsparken’s rain grey … More October Evening on Karl Johan
Every once in a while you read a book that prompts you to rethink your own ideas that you have about a subject. I’ve just read Joe Kennedy’s Games Without Frontiers from Repeater Books. It’s made me revisit an old essay of mine which I have been sitting on for a while. I wrote it while living in Prague … More A Spectator
A mile, as many of you probably know, is a unit of measuring distance derived from the Roman period, when it represented a distance of one thousand paces. Earlier today, I went for a hike up to the Solar Observatory in Harestua (which now acts as a kind of education resource centre about the solar … More What’s in a mile?