Guest Poetry Editor for The Stinging Fly

I was delighted to serve as guest poetry editor for the Winter 2015 issue of The Stinging Fly, Dublin's leading literary magazine. Here's what I was looking for:

"Send me the poems - you know the ones - that are most wedded to their own particular carefully calibrated shape and idiom, that are maximally resistant to paraphrase, where your own craft mastered you, carried you forward, left you ill-equipped and mystified in the inarticulate's soundless jungle".

The Elysian

With Professor Graham Allen I'm editing a volume of poems, stories, essays and artworks, inspired by and responding to the Elysian, Cork city's most iconic and notorious structure. The volume is due from New Binary Press in 2016.

"It stands there, just off from the centre of Cork city, the tallest building in the Republic of Ireland, a beacon nobody ever thought to turn on, an empty tower in a country of empty towers. The Elysian, so named, stands waiting for its particular destiny to become manifest, for that eureka moment when the lights finally shine out. Habitually and no doubt unavoidably reduced to its signature vertical structure, the complex is in fact a giant ship of connected buildings, waiting to catch a wind that might move it, a wind that might spur it on to its maiden voyage, wherever that might lead".

Yes, But Are we Enemies?

In September 2014 I was delighted to participate in the Yes, But Are we Enemies? collaborative project and tour alongside Christodoulos Makris, SJ Fowler, Sam Riviere, Ailbhe Darcy and Patrick Coyle. The project, which paired three British with three Irish poets, visited Belfast, Derry, Galway, Cork, Dublin and London, with the six participating poets joined by local pairs of collaborators in each city along the way.

The Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer

Since 2013 I have helped organise the annual Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer. The festival, held in Cork's Sample Studios, is unique in that it highlighted poetry written for the page as well as for the stage, in Irish and in English, both 'mainstream' and 'experimental'. It has also featured musicians, comedians, dance, performance and film screenings.


Assembled by Crash Ensemble cellist Kate Ellis, Resound brought together the creative talents of six diverse musicians, two visual artists and a poet.

"a musical co-op of some of the most interesting musicians working in Ireland today ... creating walls of sound using strings, guitars and vocal effects that are beautiful and disquieting. Poet Billy Ramsell recites his work over Ellis's precise and fluid bowing, while visual artist Rory Tangney charcoals on a white backdrop behind the musicians. Resound in some way embodies the communal overlap of skills and themes - while staying faithful to individual artistry." - Sinead Gleeson in The Irish Times

Poetry International

Between 2012 and 2015, I edited the Irish section of the Poetry International website. First launched in November 2002, this truly international collaboration sees the central staff in Rotterdam work with editors around the world to curate international domains that publish poems, translations, audio recordings, interviews and relevant articles.