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! Advertisements
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?
Last weekend I was lucky enough to take part in Paddy’s Fringe, a new festival in Oslo that celebrates Irish culture with a difference. I gave a talk on the first encounters between Ireland and Norway in world cup qualifiers in 1937. Below is an edited video of the talk:
Recently I set about exploring people of Norwegian origin on the 1901 and 1911 census. As you can probably imagine, when the census was taken, the vast majority of Norwegians who showed up on the census were not actually resident in Ireland at all, but crew members of boats and ships docked in Ireland on … More Sailors, Servants, and Strangers: Norwegians in the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census
As you walk down Colbeck Street in Waterford, with The Mall to your left and Parnell Street to your right you may notice the waterford city arms crest on the corner building. This comes from a hotel which was previously on this site called the Waterford Arms Hotel. As you can see from the photo … More What’s in a crest? Waterford FC, Three Lions and history
I am delighted to say some of my research on the history of Waterford’s Jewish community will feature as part of an exhibition at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Library for the month of February. Below are full details of the exhibit: Ulster University and the National University of Ireland Galway are pleased to announce a … More Story of Waterford’s first Jewish wedding in 1894 to feature alongside Representations of Jews in Irish Literature exhibition