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Updated January 1, 2019

Deborah writes:

My second collection of poems in English, "Eating Thistles," will be published by Smokestack Press in August, 2019.  My first collection in Gàidhlig will appear sometime this year as well; details as and when I can publish them!  

My poem "A Night at the Averof" appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Issue 126, which was published in December of 2018.  Also in the autumn I had three poems in Pennine Platform No. 84, which was the final issue to be edited and designed by Nicholas Bielby, who is handing over the editorship to Julia Deakin, co-editor of the current issue, and the design to Andy Boobier.  I wish them both good luck, and am grateful to Bielby for his excellent editorial advice. I also had a poem in the Autumn 2019 edition of Northwords Now, Issue 36, this time in Gàidhlig;  the entire issue can be read on-line.           

Earlier in the year two of my poems in Gàidhlig were published in Irish Pages, Vol 10, No 1, "Criticism," along with poems in Gàidhlig by Aonghas Phàdraig Caimbeul, Rody Gorman and Meg Bateman.  The issue is brim full of good poetry, fiction, and, as the title suggests, criticism (or essays on criticism) by authors from Ireland and beyond.  For me the outstanding essay is "The World as Weimar," by Vuk Perisic, on fascism and it's nationalistic variants. 

I also had two poems in Causeway/Cabhsair, Volume Nine, Issue One:  among other good writing are the particularly powerful poems of Martin Malone and Peter Manson.

News from 2017:

In September of 2017 I won the Duais Bàrdachd MacDhòmhnaill Shlèite for the second time; details about the prize and my poem, Geug an Dòchais, can be found here, in both English and Gaelic.

Over the year I had poems in English published in several magazines, beginning with a poem in the Frogmore Papers (Issue 89), followed by poems in Northwords Now,  (No 33), Acumen No 88, Crannóg (No 45), and The Interpreter's House (Issue 66).  The entire issue of Northwords Now can be read on-line, for free. In the issue of Crannóg I was particularly pleased to see another masterful poem, “But Still it Moves,” from Patrick Deeley, whose work just floors me.

News from 2016:

I've had four poems published in the new magazine, Steall, published by Clàr.  This magazine is a much-needed addition to the Gaelic literary scene, and includes new poetry and fiction, essays, reviews, interviews, translations, and even a bit of music, all in Gàidhlig, in an elegantly designed, "perfect bound" volume.    

Also new from Clàr is a second book of poetry by Niall O' Gallagher, "Suain nan Trì Latha."  In this book O' Gallagher uses the classical forms of Gaelic poetry in a very modern context, to great effect.              

Earlier this autumn, I won the Wigtown Poetry Competition for the second year in a row, and also the Duais Bàrdachd MacDhòmhnaill Shlèite.

This latter prize, (The MacDonald of Sleat Poetry Prize), was judged by Meg Bateman, Mark Wringe, and Mairi Sìne Caimbeul.  The prize was inaugurated in 1915 by Sir Ian MacDonald in memory of his daughter, Deborah, who died two years ago.  The theme of the competition each year relates to trees, and this year it was "a sapling."  My poem is based on a passage from Talmud Babylon, Tractate Gittin, 57a, concerning the planting of a sapling on the birth of a child.  I will post a link to the poem when it becomes available.         

The Wigtown prize was judged by Catriona Lexy Campbell, and my poem, "Clann na Coille,"  can be read here, along with the Highly Commended poem, Falach-Fead, by Marcas Mac Tuairneir.         

My poem "Faodail" was published in The Poet's Republic, Issue 3, Summer 2016, and I had a great time at a launch for that in Inverness, where there were readings from Marcas Mac Tuairneir (Gàidhlig editor for the magazine) and Iain MacRath, the actor, whose poetry is every bit as good as his acting! 

In May my poem "The Anarchy Waltz" appeared in Causeway/Cabhsair Volume seven, issue one, which includes the usual good mixture of writing from Ireland and Scotland;  in this issue I was particularly taken by the work of Patrick Deeley, Donald S. Murray and Greg MacThòmhais.

Also in the spring I had several poems in Southlight 19, published in Dumfries & Galloway.  

My poem “Milkweed Down” was a runner up in the Words on the Waves Competition this year, (2016).  The judge was Jane Clarke,  and the winner was Brian Farry, with his poem “Brain Scan”.   Second prize went to Nancy Anne Miller, and the other runner ups were Paul Breggazi, Patrick Chapman, and Anita Heffernan.  Good poems all.   

News from 2015:

I've had two poems published in Poetry Salzburg Review, No. 28, Autumn 2015.  As always, there’s much to admire in the magazine, with work by Patrick Deeley, Ray Givens and Kevin Graham all attracting my attention.  

Pennine Platform (No. 78) includes three of my poems, along with some marvellous work from Ray Givans, Philip Foster and Chris Hardy, just to name a few.

I also have a poem in the current issue of Northwords Now, Issue 30, which can be read on-line.

I've been reading (and writing) a good deal of poetry in Gaelic lately, and am currently enjoying the new book by Peter Mackay (Padraig MacAoidh), Gu Leòr/Galore, published by Acair.  This book has original poems in English and Gaelic, with translations for the Gaelic poems by the author.  Rody Gorman writes, "This is an intelligent, measured and powerfully resonant collection...;" I agree!  For more about Peter, see the news of the Wigtown Poetry Competition below.  

My poem "Lilidh sa' Mhachair" has won the Scottish Gaelic poetry prize in the Wigtown Poetry competition 2015.  The judge this year was Peter Mackay (Padraig MacAoidh).  Three other poets - Meg Bateman, Niall O'Gallagher, and Marcus Mac Tuairneir were Highly Commended.   Peter Mackay is himself a prize-winning poet, and a lecturer at St. Andrews University.  He was named recently as one of the BBC New Generation Thinkers.  The St. Andrews University student paper, The Saint, provides a good introduction to Mackay and his work here.         

Earlier in the year I won the Words on the Waves (WOW!) poetry competition 2015, with my poem "Eclogue".  The judge for the competition was Afric McGlinchey, and the second prize winner was Patrick Deeley.  The short list also included Caroline Bracken, Roger Elkin, Michael O' Connor, and David Butler.  The winning poems, and the winning stories from the same competition, are published in the Words on the Waves Anthology 2015.