I'm a writer and editor from Sligo, northwest Ireland, and based in Galway, a rain-drenched
town of creativity and students on the rocky west coast. I mainly write poetry, fiction and songs,
though I also dabble in plays, non-fiction and articles. My interest in writing began over 20 years
ago, studying the Leaving Cert English course in Summerhill College, Sligo, reading
Shakespeare's plays, studying poets like Yeats, Kavanagh, TS Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Emily
Dickinson and others. The subjects I find myself returning to most often are nature, sport,
creativity, mortality/death, growing older, people/characters and society in general.
A few years back, I studied the MA in Writing course at NUI Galway. My poems and short stories have since been published in magazines and anthologies in Ireland, England, Scotland, Austria, India, the US and Mexico. Five of my poems were translated into Spanish for the Mexican journals Cuadrivio and Periodico de Poesia. I also contributed to the Artistic Atlas of Galway project, which mapped the city and county of Galway using poems, stories and art. In recent times, I started a website, Poems in Profile, briefly discussing one poem every two weeks, including interviews with the author of each poem and (where possible) videos of the author reading his/her work.
My first book of poetry, Evidence of Freewheeling, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2015 (see below), while my second collection is due in spring 2018.
Editing & Classes
Vouchers are available for all of the following:
Intensive Poetry Editing Prose Proofreading
15 euro per poem of 1-40 lines 15 euro per 1,000 words
25 euro per poem of 40-80 lines
350 euro for a collection under 6,000 words
450 euro for a collection of 6,000-7,500 words Fiction Critiquing
General critique and editing of some fragments to give examples.
Poetry Classes & Workshops 20 euro per 1,000 words
10 euro per class (90 minutes approx.)
100 euro per series (12 classes) Intensive Fiction Editing
250 euro per weekend (Friday-Sunday)
450 euro per week (Monday-Friday) Line-by-line editing of complete text and general critique of the manuscript.
(Next series beginning January 2017) 30 euro per 1,000 words
Feel free to email me or click here for more details
Evidence of Freewheeling
In November 2015, my first collection of poems was published by Salmon Poetry, called Evidence of Freewheeling. It's a collection of poems on various subjects (including sport, nature, language, creativity/writing, death and more). I really believe in the value of variety in writing, rather than relentlessly pursuing one style or subject, so I tried to make each poem very different from all the others. If you're interested in checking it out, the book is available here.
(Cover image taken in Berlin by my brother, Steven Pearse Conway)
Some Publications Featuring My Work
Over the Edge - The First Ten Years: An Anthology of Fiction & Poetry (Ireland)
Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria)
Periodico de Poesia (Mexico)
ROPES 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 (Ireland)
The Artistic Atlas of Galway (Ireland)
The Literary Yard (India)
Wilderness House Literary Review (USA)
Weber: The Contemporary West (USA)
A New Ulster (Ireland)
The Galway Review (Ireland)
Read This (Scotland)
Sixteen Magazine (Ireland)
Poetry NI (Ireland)
The Pedestal Magazine (USA)
Boyne Berries (Ireland)
Measured Words (Ireland)
The Sharp Review (Ireland)
Poetic Expressions (England)
Live Encounters (Ireland)
The Gown (Ireland)
Bicycles With Umbrellas (Ireland)