Reading at Ó Bhéal in Cork Plus Some New Poems and Recipes

Reading at Ó Bhéal in Cork Plus Some New Poems and RecipesIt has been a hectic enjoyable summer with some ups and downs. But after a successful reading at the May Over the Edge Writers’ Gathering, I’m now delighted to say I’ll be reading at Ó Bhéal in the Long Valley Bar in Cork this Monday 8th of August alongside my partner in crime, Anne Irwin, come if around, it will be great craic.

Also, this week I had five poems published with A New Ulster which I am over the moon to be apart of since I have been a fan for quite a while now. Check it out, it is an online publication run by Amos Greig and it always has brilliant work and always looking for new voices. Check out my five here…

2 New Poems in The Indian Review and a Reading at Over The Edge

Stephen Byrne reading at May Over the Edge Writers' GatheringLast week was one of the best of the year so far. I was a featured reader at the May Over the Edge Writers’ Gathering, went on a crazy fishing trip and had two new poems published in the Indian Review, an online website I regularly read.

It had been a while since I had done a reading and I cannot show enough appreciation to Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins for the invite and constant support.

My Best Cúirt International Festival of Literature So Far

My Best Cúirt International Festival of Literature So Far

Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2016

My Best Cúirt International Festival of Literature So FarCúirt’s theme of 2016 was Memory, and what memories it provided us with this year. I have been attending the Cúirt International Festival of Literature for nearly twelve years now, and every year it improves and amazes me, blows my socks off and I can truly say, this year’s festival was my favourite and most enjoyable (and expensive) and when it ended I was exhausted and emotional.

New Delicious Salad Recipe Up on the This is Galway Website

New Salad Recipe Up on the This is Galway Website

New Delicious Salad Recipe Up on the This is Galway WebsiteWeek two now into creating recipes for This is Galway. The first pancake recipe had a great reaction with friends on Facebook even trying the recipe and sending me photos, this is excellent.

This week I whacked up a salad recipe using Butternut Squash and Freekeh, two ingredients I particularly love. Go check it out and try it. Crunchy and soft salad at the same time, packed full of flavours and a perfect healthy option.

Writing Recipes for the Website This is Galway

New Writing Venture with This is Galway

Writing Recipes for the Website This is GalwaySo, it’s been coming for months now, but last week I finally published my first recipe on the brilliant website This is Galway. Starting with a healthy pancake recipe…no better way to introduce yourself that with pancakes.

This has been planned for months and months but due to schedule and other activities especially with our new t-shirt website Mephobia Designs, I have been extremely busy, but finally, the first has been published.

Writers Resource: The Water Glossary by Carol Anne Connolly

Writers Resource: The Water Glossary by Carol Anne Connolly

A Must For All Writers: An Sanasán Uisce/ The Water Glossary

Writers Resource: The Water Glossary by Carol Anne ConnollyAs writers, like anyone in a trade, we like to have tools at our disposal and dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries are some of the main tools we should have.

Just like my favourite dictionary, yes, I said I have a favourite dictionary, John Drurys ‘The Poetry Dictionary‘, I now have a new gem to add to my favourites, and this is Carol Anne Connolly’s ‘The Water Glossary‘.

This is a gorgeous little book, a collection of Irish terms for water in many different contexts producing stunning descriptions of landscape, weather and the natural environment, brilliantly researched and perfectly produced and designed.

3 New Poems in Rat’s Ass Review

3 New Poems in Rat's Ass ReviewI came across Rat’s Ass Review a while ago through the brilliant Review Review website and of course, was instantly attracted to the magazines name. As a fan of finding new journals and online magazines to read, sure I had to take a look and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of poetry on the site and knew I wanted to be apart of it.

The Book and The Poet: Ocean Vuong

The Book and The Poet: Ocean Vuong

In Profile: Ocean Vuong – No

This 2016, April to be exact, sees the release of Ocean Vuong’s ‘Night Sky With Exit Wounds‘ and if ever there was a poetry book you need to get your hands on, this will be it.

Ocean Vuong is extraordinary, a force of gorgeousness, unique in voice and beauty. The future ahead for Ocean as a poet is going to be massive and mark my words, you will know this poet in the coming years. Again, The poetry of Vuong, just like that of Dimitra Xidous, has the potential to drop into my obsessive-collective of Neruda, Lorca, Handal and Simic.

The Book and The Poet: Dimitra Xidous

The Book and The Poet: Dimitra Xidous

In Profile: Dimitra Xidous – Keeping Bees

I have been a fan of the work of the brilliant Dimitra Xidous for a few years now and was delighted to attend her book launch in Galway in 2014 and purchase her first collection, released through Doire Press.

As Dimitra is a massive Federico Garcia Lorca fan like myself, it is only obvious I would be attracted to her work and style of writing which is unique among the many books released throughout the year in Ireland. The poetry of Xidous has the potential to drop into my obsessive-collective of Neruda, Lorca, Handal and Simic, so I really look forward to future work from her.

The Book and The Poet: William O’Daly

The Book and The Poet: William O'Daly

In Profile: William O’Daly – The Road to Isla Negra

When I was discovering the poetry of Pablo Neruda in my late 20’s it was the beginning of a fascination and addiction that was going to last right up until today. Just like my obsession with Garcia Lorca, I was about to consume every piece of writing, every book, every essay and article there was about Neruda, and my collection of books on my shelf could be considered a little over the top by some.

The Book and the Poet: Sarah Howe

In Profile: Sarah Howe – Loop Of Jade

Last night I read ‘Loop of Jade’ for the third time in preparation (and enjoyment) for today’s poet/writer introduction to this website that I intend doing over the next year as discussed here.

It is only recently that I came to the poetry of Sarah Howe after reading an interview in the Sunday Times, that made me search the net for her work and in what I found, opened a door to wonderful and well-crafted writing.

Van Gogh’s Ear Releases The James Dean Tribute Edition and It’s Awesome

Van Gogh's Ear Releases The James Dean Tribute Edition and It's Awesome

Van Gogh’s Ear Volume 10: The James Dean Tribute Edition

Van Gogh's Ear Releases The James Dean Tribute Edition and It's AwesomeWhen I had my poem published on The Original Van Gogh’s Ear website it was one of my most proudest publications as I’m a huge fan of the journal.

Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology was inspired by Allen Ginsberg and originally created by Ian Ayres. And now Tina Faye Ayers, editor, has created a brilliant literature and art feast beast of a special edition called The James Dean Tribute Edition, which is packed full of outstanding interviews about James Dean which I found amazingly informative considering my knowledge about James Dean was very small.

New Project Introducing Resources For Readers, Poets and Writers

New Project Introducing Resources For Readers, Poets and Writers

A Full On Reading Year Ahead

New Project Introducing Resources For Readers, Poets and WritersPeople who know me personally know I read a lot throughout the year and break this reading into categories such as history, science, small fiction and a lot of non-fiction, but the vast majority of books I read are poetry books. I love using Facebook to find books which comes naturally through friends recommendations or befriending new writers.

Through this method I have read a bucket load of brilliant books and met really cool writers online. So, I have decided to re-read my poetry book collection and create a new resource called poet/writer in profile where I will introduce the writer, add some background, recommend rather than review the book and share and show some of the writers work.

12 More of the Best Irish Literary Magazines You Should Read and Support

12 More of the Best Irish Literary Magazines You Should Read and Support

Many times I admit to being a literary magazine/journal and Chapbook hoarder and when people see my collection they gasp and possibly mumble WTF! A few years back I wrote this post 10 Best Irish Literary Magazines You Should Read and Support and at the time, these were some of the journals I was regularly reading.

Poem in Skylight 47, Interview and Translations in Russian

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Poem in Skylight 47, Interview and Translations in RussianThe Galway publication Skylight 47 is becoming one of Irelands best literature papers and I’m delighted to have a poem published in issue 5. This issue has an interview with Louis De Paor, reviews of Alan Jude Moore’s excellent and highly recommended book ‘Zinger‘ and Edward O’Dwyer’s book ‘The Rain on Cruise’s Street’.

Packed with tons of poetry, I’m delighted to be in fine company along side Anne Irwin, Kate Dempsey, James O’toole, Noel King, Lorna Shaughnessy, Maurice Devitt and Ruth Quinlan who has two poems, one stunning piece appearing on the back page which is worth the purchase alone. You can buy Skylight 47 in shops around Galway and Dublin and I highly recommend it.

2 New Poems in Ropes 2015 Journal

Cúirt International Festival Of Literature 2015 is in full swing in Galway and even with my ripped buttocks 2 New Poems in Ropes 2015 Journalmuscle, I’m still managing to get around to a lot of amazing events such as Paul Durcan, a master class with Jane Hirshfield, Naomi Shihab Nye and Kay Ryan and so much more.

Also lauched yesterday was the annual literature journal brought out by the MA students of NUI college Galway called Ropes 2015. It is always a quality print journal full of excellent poetry, stories and art from local and international writers.

What’s Happening at Cúirt International Festival Of Literature 2015

Cúirt International Festival Of Literature 2015, what to see?

What's Happening at Cúirt International Festival Of Literature 2015Cúirt will kick off from 21-27 April and once again I will be taking a full week off from work to go to as many events and workshops as I can fit in.

And as this is Cúirts 30th year on the go it is a big one and it is to be celebrated with a host of top writers as well as new voices and it is building up to be a fantastic week.

3 New Poems in the Blue Hour by Stephen Byrne

3 New Poems in the Blue Hour by Stephen ByrneI have been a massive fan of the Blue Hour magazine for over a year now and I’m delighted to have 3 poems published on their website. I have not been active on this site at all this year due to how damn busy I am but hope to return soon now that a quiet period is upon me, hopefully.

Be sure to visit The Blue Hour and check out the amazing writing happening over there. There is plenty of poetry, prose, short stories, flash fiction even art and they produce anthologies and well as establishing a small press, which as we know, always need our support.

Guest Editor of Emerge Literary Journal

Guest Editor of Emerge Literary JournalStill catching up with a few weeks of journals received in the post and I am over the moon to receive my contributors copy of  Emerge Literary Journal Summer 2013 where I was guest editor/reader.

Now, let’s be clear, I was more a reader/helper in deciding which poems/fiction made the cut; which needed more work and touching up, when it is really Ariana D. Den Bleyker, editor, founder and master of the journal who puts in all the hard work, time, dedication, love, and I am proud to work with Ariana and be part of the team.

Poem in Boyne Berries 14 Autumn 2013 Edition

Poem in Boyne Berries 14 Autumn 2013 EditionAfter a very busy few weeks I have finally been able to sit down and indulge into my contributors copy of Boyne Berries 14, Autumn 2013 Edition and enjoy the excellent writing provided by the group.

I am delighted to have a poem in Boyne Berries as this journal has been around since 2006 and is popular and respected among the writers and public of Ireland. The journal is produced by The Boyne Writers Group based in Trim Co. Meath. What I love about this group of individuals is that they meet twice a month to read and critique each others work whether it is poetry, fiction, a novel or play, it doesn’t matter, all work is read, critically analyzed with helpful feedback provided and worked on.

2 Poems in RædLeafPoetry-India Online

2 Poems in RædLeafPoetry-India OnlineI’ve always had a fascination and love of Indian Poetry, past and contemporary and find myself in love with the new voices sprouting up and sharing their work across India (anyone who knows me personally knows of my Tishani Doshi writers crush) and a relatively new non-profit website promoting new Indian and international writing recently caught my eye and I have found some excellent writing and enthusiasm within here.

So it is with great pleasure that I have had two poems published on the website (thank you Linda) and delighted to be in some fine company alongside Max Babi, Ben Mazer, Angelina Llonguera, Todd Swift and others.

R.I.P Seamus Heaney, a Giant of a Poet and True Gent

R.I.P Seamus Heaney, a Giant of a Poet and True GentNobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney from Castledawson, Co Derry has died at the age of 74-years-old. As a huge fan of his work, especially his translation of Beowulf, it is a sad day and our hearts go out to his family and close friends.

Since I was a young man I have collected most of Heaneys’ poetry books, translations and Essays. I have also been lucky enough to meet him twice, both time in Galway and one time to be in his company along with Michael Longley at a lunch in Galway city, a wonderful man and true gent.

Poetry Masterclasses with Poet Stephen Murray

Poetry Masterclasses with Poet Stephen MurrayIt is great to see that there are many poetry work shops sprouting up in most towns and cities with a huge demand by wannabe and established writers, packing out classes and enjoying the creativity and editing of their poems or short stories. I am lucky to live in a town (Galway) that has an appetite for good literature and poetry, a thriving writing and listening community and some of the best creative writing classes in Ireland.

New Interview With Poet Robert Peake

New Interview With Poet Robert PeakeI’m delighted to add to my site an interview with American Poet Robert Peake. I have come to love and admire the poetry and poetry insight you get from Roberts writing and his essays aswell as articles are always inspiring and insightful.

Robert has started a new exciting project called Transatlantic Poetry, bringing together poets from Europe and the US for a live poetry reading and discussion online using Google+. The First live broadcast happened on the 10th of July involving the poets American Michelle Bitting and Scot poet Andrew Philip and was a huge success.

Cúirt Festival Kicks Off With Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley

Cúirt Festival Kicks Off With Seamus Heaney and Michael LongleyGalway is the place to be right now if you are a fan of the arts and great literature. The Cúirt International Festival of Literature has kicked off and now hitting its 28th year, it still has the power to draw crowds and great artists and writers. This is my favourite time of the year in Galway and there is always a lot going on and tons of great gigs to go to.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be at a lunch with Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Edna O’Brien (working at the restaurant may have helped my admission to the exclusive lunch) and I just had to bring along Sarah Clancy for company and she was of course delighted to be my guest.

New Poems and a New Poetry Book To End with on 12/12/12

New Poems and a New Poetry Book To End with on 12/12/12It’s been a very busy year, especially since the summer and will continue into the new year. The summer here in Galway was nuts, so busy with festival after festival and the Volvo Ocean Race was huge and a great success, but, meant I had to work more hours than I needed to but was enjoyable.

I have had some poems and articles published in the last few months that I hadn’t the time to post about. I have also been busy creating our first poetry book, an anthology for a group of writers I am involved. Last Friday we had our book launch and it was a huge success with a large crowd and plenty of interest in our book.

How To Create Your Own Book Through Self Publishing

The joy and Horror of Creating Your Own Book

How To Create Your Own Book Through Self PublishingA few months back our writing group, well a combination of writers who had participated in Kevin Higgins creative writing classes in Galway on  Tuesday nights, decided to get together and produce an Anthology of poetry, which was exciting since not one of us had ever produced or been chosen for a book publication.

Actually, a few of us had never even been published at all. So the task upon us was a daunting one yet very exciting. Our goal was to have a book produced by ourselves and ready for the end of November (coming very soon) and that was back in June, maybe even before.

10 Brilliant Books You Need To Read Before The End Of The Year

Books That Were Read Half Way Through The Year

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Ray Bradbury

10 Brilliant Books You Need To Read Before The End Of The YearI wanted to do this post at the end of July, but time was not on my side. I tend to squeeze in a lot of reading. Always at once, I will have a book of fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the go at the same time.

The Creation Of A New Super Poetry Group

The Creation Of A New Super Poetry GroupFor the past couple of years I have attended a poetry workshop slash creative writing class to help me burst out of my writing shell and pen more poems, basically keep me preoccupied with poetry. While attending these classes, classes that always seemed to fall on a Tuesday evening, I met other eager poets, some experienced, others just starting out, and through many of the classes I met some great people who came to know each others work, to become friends, and now, to set up their own poetry group.

Anne McCabe To Read At Dalkey Writers Festival and New Poem

Anne McCabe To Read At Dalkey Writers Festival and New PoemStarting from today June 15th until Sunday is the Dalkey Book Festival which has I have to say, an excellent line up. Reading, on the Saturday in Our Lady’s Hall at 2.30 from her popular and much talked about book ‘Under the Avalanche’ is the TV broadcaster Anne McCabe.

Anne is a well known writer and TV director and last year published her first novel ‘Under The Avalanche’ which has received rave reviews and also appeared here on this site. Around a month ago I had the privilege of an Interview with Anne and I asked if she had any poetry she would like to share in which she kindly has and sent me in a poem to include on this site which I am delighted to share here.

Richard Dawkins: A God In The Temple Of The National Concert Hall

Richard Dawkins: A God In The Temple Of The National Concert HallThough from Dublin, I had never been to the National Concert Hall of Stephen’s Green and when a chance came to go see and listen to the brilliant mind of Richard Dawkins, I quickly purchased a ticket and made my way last night to join the sell out crowd with a wonderful evening of discussion and intellect conversation.

I have to say, what an amazing venue, rich in history with a beautiful interior and excellent acoustic sound. It was a great experience to be in a room, packed full of people, most like minded, here to see the genius and well respected scientist Richard Dawkins.

Come See Bernie Ashe At The May Over The Edge Open Reading Thursday

Come See Bernie Ashe At The May Over The Edge Open Reading ThursdayOnce again I’m lucky enough to have a Thursday off (very rare) this week and lucky enough it coincides with the May Over the Edge readings at the Galway library. If you have the night off too and looking for something to do, I highly recommend coming along to the reading as a fantastic writer I have come to know and love, Bernie Ash, who will be reading some of her excellent poetry to what I am a sure will be a packed house.

Be Brave To Open and Share Your Creativity Through Creative Writing Classes

“I like myself better when I’m writing regularly.”
Willie Nelson

Be Brave To Open and Share Your Creativity Through Creative Writing ClassesAnd that is a fact Willie, I feel the same as I am sure a lot of people do, writing regularly is a good habit to have and a fine way of escapism from the jaws of the day. For many people, writing poetry or fiction can come easily and instinctive, yet, there are people who love to write yet like to do it from the dark corner of their homes and never get to show and share their creation.

Poem Online In The New And Exciting Emerge Literary Journal

Poem Online In The New And Exciting Emerge Literary JournalWho would have thought it that the love of eating a delicious sandwich would turn in to a poem and then eventually be published online in a literary journal; well that’s what happened with my Ode To A Gourmet Sandwich, a poem I had written one day in a coffee shop in Galway after eating probably the most delicious cranberry, bacon, turkey and salad sandwich I have had so far, prompting me to embed it in to memory through the ink of my pen.

TV Director and Novelist Anne McCabe On Her TV Career and First Novel

TV Director and Novelist Anne McCabe On Her TV Career and First NovelAs this site grows I had intentions to add some interviews to it, a world I know nothing about and have no skill in construction nor know how to go about doing, but, as it happens, I have been lucky enough to get in-touch with Ros Na Run director and novelist Anne McCabe for the first interview for the site and readers.

Anne McCabe is a writer and TV director and has won awards for original TV drama and documentaries. She has worked for RTE directing the likes of Glenroe and Fair City and has worked along side Brendan Gleeson and Gabriel Byrne. Anne established the hit Irish drama Ros N Run where she currently directs.

Happy 100th Birthday Wilfrid Brambell aka Albert Steptoe

‘You are a dyed-in-the-wool, fascist, reactionary, squalid little, ‘know your place’, ‘don’t rise above yourself’, ‘don’t get out of your hole’ – complacent little turd. ‘
Harold Steptoe

Happy 100th Birthday Wilfrid Brambell aka Albert SteptoeI know I just wished Jack Kerouac a happy birthday in the last post but today would have been the 100th birthday of the actor Wilfrid Brambell who is best know for the character Albert Steptoe in the hit 60’s TV programme Steptoe and son and he is one of my favourite characters of all time.

Jack Kerouac, Happy 90th Birthday, What Would You Be Doing At 90?

Jack Kerouac Is Alive and Well at 90!

Jack Kerouac, Happy 90th Birthday, What Would You Be Doing At 90?Well, only in memory and legend and of-course the world of literature, but I do love to think if Jack were alive to day, what would he be doing at the tender age of 90 and what would he have accomplished?

So its March 12, it’s Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday, and this has me thinking about this wonderful writer, how I discovered him and how he brought literature especially poetry alive and jumping of the page to be lodged like cement in my brain. I have read nearly everything belonging to Jack Kerouac and I am currently reading through every novel he has written simply because I enjoy his style and pace of writing, the simplicity of the stories, and the timeline they are situated in.

The Street Poetry Of San Francisco Homeless Writer Ricky Teague

A Brief Encounter with Ricky Teague, Poet.

The Street Poetry Of San Francisco Homeless Writer Ricky TeagueAs I am looking through some oldish books at home, a brown sheet sneaks out to the floor and as I pick it up I am hit with warm memories of a meeting I had at the top of Market Street in San Francisco with a homeless man and writer named Ricky Teague, and this sheet was some of his poetry I had purchased.

Come See Ann Irwin At Over The Edge Open Reading Thursday 23 Feb. 2012

Come See Ann Irwin At Over The Edge Open Reading Thursday 23 Feb. 2012This Thursday I highly recommend coming along to the Over The Edge Open Reading at the Galway City Library and for once, I will probably have the night off myself and able to attend. It is always a great night with a packed house, and this month I really do believe you are in  for a treat with the poet Anne Irwin, for whom I have participated in many creative writing classes through Kevin Higgins  and right at this month once again I am in the same class as Ann and enjoying her wonderful poetry.

10 Best Irish Literary Magazines You Must Read And Support

Support Your Local Arts

10 Best Irish Literary Magazines You Must Read And SupportI’ll admit, I’m a magazine addict and hoarder and love nothing more that a good Literary magazine and at the moment there are plenty of excellent old and new to choose from, most I purchase as regular as I can though some are only released quarterly. But, if you are anyway in to literature, art, poetry, fiction, reviews, there is no better way to support the local artists than to buy local Arts magazines.

How To Write A Rictameter Poetry Form

Having Fun With Poetry Forms – Rictameter

How To Write A Rictameter Poetry FormI’ve decide to do (hopefully) a regular group of posts on poetry forms and their importance and use. I know many modern writers of poetry have opted just to write free verse in the belief the form is useless and out of date but I tend to disagree as to me, using forms is basically just about training and improving your writing brain and broadening your knowledge in your trade and industry, and adding some fun to your writing, bare with me. Today, let’s have some fun with the short crazy form of the Rictameter.

I Want A Coffee From Caffe Trieste North Beach Now, Please Help!

I Want A Coffee From Caffe Trieste North Beach Now, Please Help!Sitting here, looking out my window at Galway bay (and the misery of raging wind and rain), writing, drinking a beautiful cup of coffee, and every-time I drink coffee these days, a slight sadness slaps me, with a longing for Caffe Trieste on Vallejo street in North Beach, San-Francisco, and as I am trying to get this site up and running, get a few posts going, I’ll will weep and sigh about this place today.

Welcome To The Ranting Beast

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Welcome to my new site and blog. My name is Stephen, a passionate writer of Poetry and now in the process of learning Play Writing and also hoping to get in the habit of writing more short stories with a novel in mind. I have been writing years and many of my articles are well spread over the Internet.

I have set up this site with the intention of writing more Poetry, but also with the intention of teaching people with an interest in learning how to write passionately in contemporary writing but more importantly the basics such as form and structure and hopefully inspire ideas and energy in to your writing.