Monday, 28 March 2011
GRACE WELLS WINS STRONG AWARD
Grace Wells, whom I interviewed here, won the Strong Award for best first poetry collection in Dublin yesterday. I also reviewed her book When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things here. Huge congrats to Grace and to her fellow shortlistees Órfhlaith Foyle, Paul Maddern and Caitríona Ní Chleirchín.
I spent the weekend immersed in poetry rather than fiction - I facilitated a workshop for Baffle in Loughrea on Saturday, which I really enjoyed. Eleven committed participants, lots of chat and great poetry. What better way to spend a few hours? And yesterday, after a major spring clean, I was drawn to reading poetry not fiction to unwind.
Back to the novel now. I feel I've been divorced from it because I managed so little while I was laid up. Well, little but thoughts and jottings, which are important. But I'm back on my feet and raring to go!