66 Nautical Miles

66_Nautical_MilesI’m happy to say that I’ve been invited to take part in a discussion/reading exploring the links between contemporary writing in Ireland and Wales.

It’s called 66 Nautical Miles, that being the distance between Dublin and Holyhead – three short hours on the ferry (less if you take the catamaran, but often much bouncier!) But those 66 miles seem to represent a historical gulf between two Celtic nations, each with their own literary heritages and traditions. Given their proximity, and their shared past, why is this, I wonder?

It promises to be an exciting and intriguing evening – Thursday, 26th February, 7.30pm, at the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, in the heart of wonderful Dublin.

Along with me, the event will feature Nerys Williams, poet and UCD lecturer whose first poetry collection won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for best first collection; Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, Jonathan Williams, one of Ireland’s leading literary agents for many decades, and poet, writer and teacher Nessa O’Mahony.

It will also feature performances throughout the night from members of the Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir (Côr Meibion Cymru Dulyn), conducted by Geraint Waters.

For further info, and/or to book tickets, click here: http://irishwriterscentre.ie/products/66-nautical-miles

Oh, how I love Ireland. I still wonder how life would be if we’d moved there, all those years ago.

See you there?


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