"Seven bums and fourteen legs,
a brazen ecstasy which begs
the question some of us are asking -
is Peter Goulding multi-tasking?"

Martin Parker, Editor, Lighten Up Online

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A date for your diary - advance warning

As I rather big-headedly mentioned a while back, I was one of 13 poets selected for the 2010 Poetry Ireland Introductions series, which aims to give emerging poets a bit of a platform (from Clonsilla Railway station)
Anyway, I am reading shortly.

Venue: The Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Time: 6.30 pm
Date: Monday 17th May 2010:

Andrew Caldicott
Jessica Colley
Martin Dyar
Peter Goulding

Venue: The Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Time: 6.30 pm
Date: Tuesday 18th May 2010:

Connie Roberts
Andrew Jamison
Simon Leyland
Niamh MacAlister

Venue: The Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Time: 6.30 pm
Date: Thursday 20th May 2010:

David Mohan
Cliona O’Connell
Edward O’Dwyer
Pauline Hall
Rosie Shepperd

So, if you are feeling at a loose end, please drop down on the Monday evening (or indeed any evening) We are supposed to be advertising this night and day but unfortunately I have no friends, so I'm very much relying on my fellow readers to provide an audience! I am trying to persuade my wife to turn up.

We have been told we are reading for 15 minutes, which should be just about enough time to get a haiku out, (not that I write them) I presume I'm going fourth, following Martin Dyar, who I think is fairly over-qualified for the description of 'emerging poet' having won the serious Strokestown prize, the Patrick Kavanagh award and a host of other awards.

So, no pressure then....


  1. Dear Peter: A feather in your cap! How wonderful! I feel goosebumps for you! Do you ever get butterflies on stage? We'll bring a large net! Where's the prize? Focus on the prize; you are the prize Peter! Talent plus! Way to go Peter! Good to know successful people. No friends eh? Pshaw!

  2. Thanks Jane. Yes I get very nervous before I read. Not sure why because I don't feel nervous but my stomach sort of goes all hollow of its own accord!
    But thanks for your very kind words!

  3. If I wasn't so fuckin useless/hopeless/unreliable/ genetically confined to the safety of the armchair,I'd go. Either way, we'll be cheering you on in spirit.(Or in spirits in my sad case.)

  4. Excellent! I do wish I was within range, but the possibility of my getting over there (no active passport at the minute) is slim to none. Sorry.

    I've only done a few readings, myself and I get a bit nervous too, but I'm up there I feel as if I could go on for ages and they have to cart me off!