Today I am with the immeasurably talented Vanessa Gebbie in Sussex, England, on my virtual tour. Vanessa is the author of two short story collections (Salt) and the recently published novel The Coward's Tale (Bloomsbury). It is a beautifully written book, set in Wales, and Vanessa will be arriving here shortly on her virtual tour for the novel.
A wee taster of Vanessa's thoughts/questions on my poetry:
"I want to ask about all the poems, as they have your stamp of being mesmeric, many are seductive, and all seem beautiful to this reader ... but I will confine the question to one, hidden in the middle, ‘The Japanese Madonna’. I love that."
Go here to read what else Vanessa was curious about in The Juno Charm.
The Dublin launch last night was a lovely event, all thanks to Alan Hayes and the Irish Writers' Centre for hosting, and to my fellow launchee Órfhlaith Foyle who read beautifully. And thanks, of course, to everyone who turned out to support us. It was heartwarming to see so many friends, relatives, writers and strangers. I am a tadge wobbly this morning after it all :)
|Alan Hayes, Publisher, Arlen House|
|Órfhlaith & Nuala, breathing sighs of relief after the reading|
|John Foyle, Órfhlaith, Gearóid Ó Foighil|