Her poetry has been published in such journals as Southword and The Moth. Coiscéim published her first collection of Irish-language poetry, Tonn Chlíodhna, in 2015.
Best recent book you’ve read: An Paróiste Míorúilteach by Máire Mhac an tSaoi. The Spinning Heart by Dónal Ryan.
We always wonder how we will react in a crisis. The husband in the Danish film Force Majeure runs away from his family in a moment of crisis. What happens next makes for a fascinating film.
One of the highlights of the 1916 commemorations for me was Women of The South:Radicals and Revolutionaries at the Farmgate Café. The event gave these Irish revolutionaries the voice they deserved.
Also, The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Everyman in Cork. The bitter and manipulative mother battles with the love- hungry daughter. Throw in the darkness of rural life and it’s about as Irish as it gets.
I’ve been listening to The Buena Vista Social Club again — that classic Cuban sound never gets old.
I heard ‘The Lakes of Ponchartrain’ sung by Liam Ó Maonlaoi on the radio recently and it’s been playing in my head ever since.
The poem ‘Snow’ by Louis MacNeice and short stories by Pádraic Ó Conaire inspired me at a young age to think creatively.
Paul Durcan in Dublin. He read the poem ‘Sally’, one of the most haunting love poems ever written.
I watched some great documentaries recently. Asking for It? Reality Bites with Louise O’Neill on RTÉ 2 and The Field — Crá sa Chré on TG4 were two of the standouts.
I rarely miss Imeall and The Works. A movie from Netflix or iTunes can often round out the weekend. When I want to laugh, I go back to Larry David and Curb your Enthusiasm.
The John Creedon Show always gets a nightly airing in the house.
Lyric Fm or Audiophile Baroque on the internet radio are always playing in the background. Even when I’m not at home I leave it on for my two basset hounds! I catch up with Arena on the RTÉ radio app.
Biddy Jenkinson, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Brian Merriman, Thomas McCarthy, Robert Frost, Louise Gluck, and no festival would be complete without Seamus Heaney. And I would be thrilled if Ted Hughes dropped in.
I was lucky enough to do a workshop with the great poet Michael Longley.
My husband’s great-grandfather owned a pet shop in New York City. Franklin D Roosevelt used to go there and buy horsemeat for his dogs.
A grey coat with silver buttons which I bought in a vintage shop in Dublin. A few years ago on a declutttering whim, I gave it into a charity shop in Cork. I miss it and keep an eye out to see who might be wearing it on the streets of Cork.
The Irish Navy for the great humanitarian work they are doing in the Mediterranean.
I would reward the good and banish the wicked!