Today, for Good Friday, I wrote Collects to go with the Stations. Some are below, accompanied by the gorgeous art of Sieger Koder, whose religious art can be found at PB&M.
Links to this weekend's review and article about In the Shelter.
In 2010, I recorded an album of words and music, in English and Irish, called Hymns to Swear By. It was done as a small offering to the world. Here are some codes for free downloads of the album - after these are used up it'll be back to £7 for the album.
So, for the day that's in it, some other reasons to be glad to be Irish. Rita Connolly singing The Deer's Cry (from Shaun Davey's album The Pilgrim); Sinéad singing Take me to Church; Rónán Ó Snodaigh from Kila singing Ón Taobh Tuathail Amach and that magnificent Corkman John Spillane singing All the Ways You Wander from a TG4 live seisiún. And, lest the Ulsterfolk feel neglected, a poem from the timeless Patrick Kavanagh.
Details of the new publication - In the Shelter (Hodder & Stoughton, Hachette Ireland, 2015).
Last week I had the real pleasure of an extended conversation with Cathy MacDonald from the BBC Radio Scotland programme "Sunday Morning with Cathy MacDonald". The audio is through the link. We spoke about Corrymeela, poetry, theology, conflict, LGBT identity and national identity. There is some music interspersed throughout.
On Thursday and Friday I attended the first Xchange summer school. The 2 day event brought speakers and participants together to talk about social change in Northern Ireland, and particularly sought to reframe the starting points for conversations. Our topics were the Arts, the Media, Liberties and History. I gave short input on Liberties from an LGBT perspective.