2021 Updates

Hello all,

Long time no post. I was reminded of this blog while I was updating my CV, and since this site is also a CV of sorts I decided it was definitely overdue an update.

So, what have I been up to since I posted last?

Firstly, I’ve had a few publications. My poem ‘Sir-Alan-quy’ was published in Make Me Money & Don’t Piss Me Off: An Unofficial The Apprentice Poetry Anthology (SPAM Press): https://www.spamzine.co.uk/product-page/the-apprentice-poetry-anthology-make-me-money-don-t-piss-me-off

My prose poem/flash fiction piece “in the night, in the bus, intercity” was also published in the last ever print edition of SPAM Zine (unfortunately now sold out): https://www.spamzine.co.uk/product-page/spam-10-millennium-mega-bus-double-issue

Another prose poem, “am I ill?” was published in the inaugural issue of -algia: https://algia.biz/contributors

And finally, my poem “summer shifts” is due to be published in the upcoming Healthy Boy Zine: https://www.healthyboyzine.org/

There’s a couple of other things coming up too, but I can’t say any more on that at the moment!

In other, exciting, news, last year I published my debut poetry pamphlet, “Room to Swing a Cat,” through the lovely and talented Orange Apple Press. You can buy a copy here: www.orangeapplepress.com/catalogue/p/room-to-swing-a-cat-ruthie-kennedy

Some print copies of Room to Swing a Cat

Colin Herd wrote about it: “Every sentence and line is itself a kind of throbbing, fizzing nerve ending, sending signals of pain and pleasure and pain-in-pleasure and pleasure-in-pain. This poetry aches with what it feels like to feel. It stings like a grazed knee.”

Which was really nice of him and basically a dream come true.

Speaking of Colin, he and I have been editing the Glasgow edition of Dostoyevsky Wannabe’s fantastic ‘Cities’ anthologies. We solicited experimental collaborations from any pair or group of writers who felt an affinity with Glasgow, and the result is eclectic, heartfelt and some truly astounding writing. What a privilege this experience is – I can’t wait to finish it and share it with the world. In the meantime, here’s a peek at the cover:

Front cover of Glasgow ‘Cities’ anthology due to be published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe

Well, that’s all I can share for now. But keep your eyes peeled because I’ll have more announcements to come very soon!