Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Well my little apple strudels it's that time of the week again where a marvellous blogpoet sets the weekly task! Gasp and yippee! Many thanks to last weeks driver Karen who took us down poetry lane so splendidly.

This week tis the turn of Chris (Enchanted Oak) whose blog is really worth watching, specially for poems. Chris is a giant Bonsai tree specialist. No she isn't giant, the trees are giant. Years of experimental grafting and manipulation have produced bonsai in excess of thirty feet! A marvelous achievement I'm sure you will agree. In her spare time Chris likes to yodel and knit teeth warmers out of Yaks wool. A keen racing driver in the 80's she once lapped Brazillian ace Ayrton Senna several times in her three wheeled Reliant Robin only to run out of elastic bands on the final lap.
Her task this week is HERE
But don't rush over there just yet. C'mere here to me, there's more.

The POetry Bus Mag launched last Monday week in The International Bar in Dublin and was a great night, probably mainly because I wasn't there! I got ill and missed it.Doh! But by the magic of the interwireless I and you can watch the whole sheboodle right here here
It's in the highlights and are the first five videos on page two. I downloaded them here but my computer is so old and slow it fecked it right up, so I had to take them off. If stuck go to where you can still see them

There is some terrific stuff on there so have a rummage! It was run as part of The Glór sessions which are on every Mon night and you can watch them live at this address every week here , so tune in and say hello (I'll be there online) and witness a great nights entertainment all run by the inspirational Mr Stephen James Smith.

And congratulations to all these bus poets whose fame and fortune has increased no end since I helped them get on the bus.
Colm Keegan (Uiscebot) couldn't even speak till he joined the bus,so thanks to me he is now All Ireland Poetry SlamChampion.
Kate Dempsey (Emerging Writer) is in the latest Magma , thanks to me,after being spotted on the backseat of the bus.
Niamh Bagnell (Various) has a short story in the latest Stinging Fly, again thanks to me and the bus.
Mags Treanor (Arsekick) has a poem in my (2nd) favourite poetry mag in the world The SHOp and Mags couldn't write at all before she was published and nurtured by myself and the poetry bus.
Bus poets St James Harris Wood and his son Zak are also in The SHOp as is bus poet and TS Eliot prizewinner George Szirtes who owes the success of his entire literary career to me.
Triona Walsh (Domestic Oubliette) is pregnant (congratulations), but that has absolutley nothing to do with me, or the bus, at all..

Incidentally Colm, Kate,Niamh and Mags all read on the launch night, as did fellow bus poets PJ Nolan and Carol Boland. So many thanks to them, they were brilliant.

Also The Poetry Library in London have ordered a copy of the first issue of The Poetry Bus Mag and want to subscribe to further issues. Which is great news.

Now you can go to Enchanted Oaks!


Enchanted Oak said...

I knew from the moment I found the world's greatest blog that power resided here. I'm giving a copy of the Bus Mag to my local library and taking it to sell tomorrow night at poets night. We'll make the Nobel shortlist yet.

One tiny correction: I don't knit. Please don't ask me for teeth warmers.

Domestic Oub said...

Well, funny you should mention it TFE, I have been meaning to have a quiet word...

Rachel Fox said...

We are nothing without you, oh Master.

Terresa said...

Cool videos! I just attended a local poetry reading the other night, so it's cool to see what yours is like in Ireland (Dublin?).

PS: I'll be in the UK next week, no chance you or any other poets/writers would be in London, Manchester, or Edinburgh for a poetry reading/meet up?

Stafford Ray said...

Was Spike (Milligan, silly) Irish?
He really did wear Yak wool teeth warmers. Trooly!

Dominic Rivron said...

All the Bonsai tree stuff. Can you get the UK's Radio 4 in Ireland? I was reminded of their comedy gameshow "The Unbelievable Truth". Worth a listen - but you probably know it already.