John conducted a public interview with his old friend Colin Davidson at the RHA in Dublin. link
John was honoured to say a few words at the opening of Diana Copperwhite's Driven to Distraction at the RHA in Dublin
John picks his favourite books of 2016
John is honoured to have a poem included in the anthology Looking At The Stars - in aid of the Simon Community. Huge respect to Kerrie O'Brien for putting this together.
The contributors as follows -
Sarah Bannan ∞ Colin Barrett ∞ Kevin Barry ∞ Sebastian Barry ∞ Martina Bergin
Sam Blake ∞ Dermot Bolger ∞ Benjamin Black ∞ Daragh Bradish ∞ Arthur Broomfield ∞ Angela Carr ∞ Ingrid Casey
Jane Casey ∞ Paul Casey ∞ Sarah Clancy ∞ Patrick Cotter ∞ Madeleine D’Arcy ∞ Gerald Dawe
Theo Dorgan ∞ Paul Durcan ∞ Anne Enright ∞ Elaine Feeney ∞ Tara Flynn ∞ Anthony Glavin ∞ Sinéad Gleeson
Vona Groarke ∞ Elayne Harrington ∞ Claire Hennessy ∞ Christine Dwyer Hickey ∞ Sean Hughes
John Kelly ∞ Victoria Kennefick ∞ Andre K’Por ∞ Nick Laird ∞ Christopher McCaffrey
Jaki McCarrick ∞ Thomas McCarthy ∞ Afric McGlinchey ∞ Eamon McGuinness ∞ Belinda McKeon
Danielle McLaughlin ∞ Jennifer Matthews ∞ Paul Muldoon ∞ Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Doireann Ní Ghríofa ∞ Jean O’ Brien ∞ Joseph O’ Connor ∞ Nuala O’ Connor ∞ Mary O’ Donnell
Nessa O’ Mahony ∞ Mary O’ Malley ∞ Rick O’ Shea ∞ Paul Perry ∞ Nell Regan ∞ Sally Rooney
Lynn Ruane ∞ Dave Rudden ∞ Donal Ryan ∞ Stephen James Smith ∞ Gerard Smyth
Good days down the Lough with Pat Lunny and Seamus Heaney. Seamus and John were appearing together on a BBC programme called David Hammond's Ireland.
John travels to Cambridge to meet poet, broadcaster and critic Clive James - watch here
John interviews one of his favourite writers Marina Carr - watch here
John was honoured to present poet John Montague with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards.
John's full speech in tribute to John Montague is reproduced below.
John travelled to Cork to interview legendary photographer John Minihan.
and what an honour to be photographed by John and then receive these in the post.
John was among a number of musicians invited to write a short tribute to great Leonard Cohen.
read all the contributions here