Blue Tarpaulin and Looking at the Stars

My friend Helena Mulkerns has her first short story collection due out with Doire Press on 1 November. The launch occurred last night. I’m proud of what she has accomplished and particularly want to share this devastating poem of hers “Blue Tarpaulin”. Helena has spent long periods of her life working in conflict zones among people who have lost everything – and this poem rings so true. Especially that last line.

Go here to listen to the poem.

I’d also like to promote poet Kerrie O’Brien’s brainchild, Looking at the Stars, a short story collection in aid of the Simon Community. Many well-known Irish writers have contributed and it is definitely worth a look. More information at


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