My Poetry highlights of 2009? Being shortlisted in the Bridport Poetry Prize, published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2010 and in the Stony Thursday Book, Limerick, and getting joint third in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition.
2009 Poetry Festival highlights? Poetry Now in Dun Laoghaire especially Paul Batchelor, (picture right) Colette Bryce and Tomas Venclova and the opening address by US poet Robert Pinsky. The Cuisle Poetry Festival in Limerick especially readings by Catherine Smith, Ulick O'Connor and Taja Kramberger.
Attending the wonderfully friendly Patrick Kavanagh weekend of course and hearing Hugo Williams reading in Cavan in November.