|Juno at the shrine on Green Street|
|Penguins' feeding time - Oceanworld, Dingle|
And the Stonecoast MFA group and their tutors were affable, welcoming and hard-working and I had a great time in their company. I gave a craft lecture on short fiction on Sunday afternoon and read on Sunday evening in the Dingle Book Shop, with Ted Deppe, a consummate poet. (Why is he not ultra-famous? He is much garlanded, including a Pushcart Prize, but I would love to hear his name spoken in the media more, as a great poet.)
|Signing, with Stonecoast students Jessica and Seán|
Lucky for me I get to be with Ted and Annie Deppe again in two weeks time at the Strandhill Summerfest where I can soak up their vast knowledge. I urge you that if you get a chance to do a class/workshop with the Deppes, jump at that chance.
Annie Deppe (poet and Stonecoast tutor) introduced Paula as 'an idealistic gadfly'. Quoting Pat Boran, she said Paula is 'brave in her exploration of family lives and loves', and, 'The wounded streets of Dublin are one of Paula's perennial subjects and she brings a caring precision and an honesty with a zen quality about it...to the human condition in her work.'
|Paula through the window|
Paula lilts her poems in a convincing, honest way - I could listen to her for hours. Ted Deppe heckled her with: 'When is the collected poems coming out?' Paula: 'Ah now, that sounds a bit posthumous to my ears.'
|House and montbretia, Dún Chaoin|
|Juno at the Blasket Island Centre|
A swift detour to Louis Mulcahy's Pottery & Café found us eating the best flapjacks in Ireland. I would drive the 180 or so miles from my house to Caifé na Caolóige to eat them again.
|Fuchsia on Slea Head - such a symbol of our Irish 'summer' (note the raindrops)|
|My husband Finbar in Dick Mack's with a sleepy Juno|
* The sweet Bean an Tí from our B&B just rang. She found my ring!! And she is posting it back to me. Bless her dear Dingle heart. Woop!