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.
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.
I presented the Something Understood programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning on the theme of the Irish seanfhocail 'It is in the shelter of each other that the people live" - "ar scáth a chéile a mhaireanns na daoine".
It was produced by the wonderful Rachel Hooper from Falling Tree. The audio and an outline of all the songs played and excerpts read is gathered on the BBC Something Understoodwebpage too, for about another week.
I did a short programme for Holy Thursday for BBC Radio Ulster. There are a few reflection pieces on the gospels, some music from Oláfur Arlands, Taizé and Lisa Gerrard (do, do, do listen to the magnificence of Lisa Gerrard's piece), and some poetry from Micheal O'Siadhail and Mark Jarman.
A prayer for lesbian and gay Ugandans.
Here's a poem written hastily in the blank back pages of a better poet's book in the baggage area of Newark airport in September 2012.