New poem ‘You Are To Me’ in The North, The Irish Issue and on Lyric FM, The Poetry File

New poem ‘You Are To Me’ in The North, The Irish Issue and on Lyric FM, the Poetry File

Hot off the presses and just launched in London is a cracking edition of North (Eds Jane Clarke & Nessa O’Mahony) from Poetry Business including an intriguing conversation between two of my favourite poets, Sinead Morrissey and Paula Cunningham. Some of the great, late Matthew Sweeny’s last poems are there as well as a clatter of other new poems and reviews. There & in great company is ‘You Are To Me’ written for Ronan, my then boyfriend and now husband (!) and read at our wedding. and buy at Books Upstairs and other bookshops.

I also just recorded ‘You Are To Me’ the poem for Poetry File on Lyric FM with producer Eithne Hand. Recording that day too were David Butler, Amanda Bell and Stephen Sexton Smith – all coming to a radio near you soon on

Thanks Eithne – a great use of an otherwise empty studio slot.

Poetry Ireland Review 126 ‘ Bláth agus Taibshe: Flower and Ghost’ The Poetry of Micheál MacLíammóir in Translation

Poetry Ireland Review 126 Bláth agus Taibshe: Flower and Ghost The Poetry of Micheál MacLíammóir in Translation

Over the past 2 years or so I’ve been chipping away at translating the Irish language poetry of Micheál Mac Liammóir. He published one collection in 1964, Bláth agus Taibhse, (Flower and Ghost ) Sáirseal & Dill which is full of beautiful, intriguing and confounding poems. My essay Bláth agus Taibshe: Flower and Ghost: The Poetry of Micheál MacLíammóir in Translation along with several of the translations has found a great home in Poetry Ireland Review 126, with thanks to editor Eavan Boland and Paul Lenehan who heads the publication team. The edition is full of other treasures.

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 126 :

Edited by Eavan Boland

Poetry Ireland Review Issue 126 includes Nell Regan’s essay on the Irish-language poetry of the legendary impresario Micheál Mac Líammóir (1899-1978), who co-founded Dublin’s Gate Theatre and numbered Orson Welles among his friends and collaborators. Lottie Limb re-evaluates Blanaid Salkeld, a woman poet whose work remains unjustly neglected, in an essay that makes a compelling case for Salkeld to be regarded as a leading Irish modernist poet of the last century. There are new poems from over sixty poets in this issue, including work from Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Greg Delanty, Medbh McGuckian, Colette Bryce, Simon Ó Faoláin, Anne Tannam, and featured poet Roisin Kelly. The books reviewed in this issue include titles from Derek Mahon, Martina Evans, John F Deane, Colm Keegan, Alice Kinsella, and Elaine Feeney, while Bernard O’Donoghue reviews 100 Poems, a special selection of Seamus Heaney’s work, chosen by his family.





Herbert Simms – Simms120 commissioned poem made into a film by Paddy Cahill with piece broadcast on Sunday Miscellany 2/12/18

My poem ‘Owning The Sky’ or ‘The Flats That Simms Built’ has just been turned into a beautiful short film by Paddy Cahill with original music by Irene Clancy and is available to view here

Last October I was commissioned by the organisers of Simms120 to write a poem about Herbert Simms, the amazing Dublin City Architect of the 1930’s. His buildings are a roll call of social housing in the city – he designed and oversaw all of the Cabra and Crumlin estates as well as Chancery House,  Dolphin House, Pease House, Oliver Bond Fatima Mansions. The conference took place and among the other speakers were Eoin O’Mahony (Organiser), architectural historian Ellen Rowley, geographer and former resident of Pearse House,  Mary Broe who brought me around the flats. Meanwhile my essay about Simms, (also read at the conference) was broadcast on

Sunday Miscellany Sunday 2 December 2018

Sunday Miscellany. New Writing: Ebenezer Howard and Dublin’s Garden Suburb, by Gail Seekamp; Lapis Lazuli, by Frank Kavanagh; Home and Herbert Simms, by Nell Regan;

Nell Regan reading commissioned poem ‘Owning the Sky’ or The Flats Simms Built’ at Simms120 Oct 2018


Free talk The Old Coach House, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown Thurs 27 Sep @ 7.30pm all welcome

A talk by Nell Regan, author of Helena Molony: a radical life, 1883-1967
At The Old Coach House, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown.  All welcome.

Hosted by Stewarts Care Library as part of South Dublin Libraries History and Heritage Summer

Dalkey Book Festival 17 June 2018

Looking forward to speaking at this years Dalkey Book Festival on 17 June at this event

57. Unreasonable Women: the Equality War Goes On

The Masonic Lodge

Next year marks the 100 – year anniversary of women getting the vote in Ireland. Much has been achieved in terms of gender equality, but women are still fighting on many of the same issues and women are still a minority in government today. How important was and is female activism in effecting change and, 100 years after suffrage, where are we now with regards to equality? And what would Markiewicz make of it all?

With Senator Lynne Ruane, Margaret Ward, Nell Regan, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Martina Devlin.

Great programme which runs from the 14th June inc Michael Ondaatje, Lionel Shriver, Paul Muldoon, Deborah Levy & many more

April Events – Féile Londubh and Poetry Day

Really looking forward to doing a slew of poetry readings & events this month.

First up is Féile Londubh in Ashford. Check out the great programme of events 13 – 15 April 2018. On 13 April the free launch concert takes place after a workshop w/ Oisin McGann in the Mobile Library & a Fighting Words workshop . As well as trad group Perfect Friction and students rappers with Music Network, I’ll be introducing work of the Transition Year students of Colaiste Chill Mhaintain where I undertook a World Wise Global Schools series of workshops in association with Poetry Ireland WIS.

On Saturday 14 April @8pm  I’m delighted to be introducing Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin Ireland Professor of Poetry at a concert in Nun’s Cross Church ‘If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree’ who will be reading with the wonderful trad and jazz singer Aoife Doyle and musicians, Cormac Breathnach and Greg Felton. Booking now at


Next up are three events for Poetry Day ( or week!) 23-28th April

  • Monday 23rd April @ 6.30pm I’ll be giving a free workshop in

The Coach house, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20

  • Thursday 26th April @ 7.30pm

Come to a  reading and open mike in The Mermaid Arts Centre

I’ll also be taking part in the wonderful @lablelit #PoetryDayIRL project – keep an eye out for luggage labels with poetry on them!

  • Saturday 28th April 2pm I’ll be introducing and talking with poet Catriona O’Reilly as part of in Blessington Library.

Book of the Year – Metamorphic Ovid Anthology

Delighted to have a poem on p 100 of this cracking Ovid collection Metamorphic edited by Nessa O’ Mahony and Paul Munden which has just been  selected by Joseph O’Connor as a book of the year in the Irish Times

Anyone who enjoys poetry would find much pleasure in Metamorphic, edited by Nessa O’Mahony and Paul Munden, a rich, generous, multitoned collection of new poems occasioned by the 2000th anniversary of Ovid’s death.

Joseph O’Connor, Irish Times Books of the Year

Ireland’s Notable Women @ Dublin Book Festival! 8pm 8 November Blanch Library 

Really looking forward to talking about Helena Molony: A Radical Life at this years’ Dublin Book Festival. I’ll be taking part in the event ‘Ireland ‘s Notable Women’ in conversation with Martina Devlin along with Valerie Packenham on Maria Edgeworth and  Clodagh Finn on Mary Elmes.

8 November, 8pm in Blanchardstown Library – the event is free but booking is advised.

For more information and the rest of the Dublin Book Festival programme see