06.10.2021 New interview on ‘The Family of Things w/Helen Shaw’

‘Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.’ (Mary Oliver, Wild Geese)
One of my more candid interviews, maybe because it felt more like a conversation with a friend. I talk about my, to use a real nordie word ‘sit-u-a-shun’, and the various projects I’m currently working on. Hats off to Helen Shaw of Athena Media for making me sound good, tip top production as always, thanks for having me. In great company (name drop alert) too with Iarla Ó Lionáird, Jack L, and Kathleen Turner to name but a few. Without further ado, the interview.
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05.07.2021 Steafán launches his own photography website

Do have a gander.

04.20.2021 ‘That Vitamin Movie’ director, Michael Beattie praises ‘Reconstructions’.

Fellow Ultonian and friend Michael Beattie, director of global hit ‘That Vitamin Movie’ (link below, a must see if you haven’t already), has generously shared his feelings about my book ‘Reconstructions, the Troubles in Photographs and Words’. As you can imagine, I’m very chuffed. Thank you Michael, this means a lot to me.
As a reporter and programme-maker during the worst years of the conflict, Bobbie’s pictures speak to me in a very specific way. But within the horror and distress, Steafán’s words reveal humanity and humour that is, although uniquely Northern Irish in expression, also strangely timeless and placeless. His deft wordplay gave me much amusement, his recollections ignited memories of the little boy within me. The book is also beautifully produced – a delight to look at and handle. A collection of memories and horrors and humanity. I loved it.” – Michael Beattie
‘That Vitamin Movie’ opening scene.

04.20.2021 Special feature in The Asheville Poetry Review

I’m proud as punch. It’s a thing a beauty, practically a book. In great company too with other northern poets Adrian Rice and Ciaran Carson (the latter, may he rest well) plus many more new writers that I now have the opportunity to discover. If you missed the Irish Times piece I wrote or the spotlight feature in ‘Reading Ireland- the Little Magazine’ (review by Adrienne Leavy), do have a gander. It’s been a challenging period of late and these kinds of things serve to lift the spirits. Storms come and go, but the work and the values remain the same. Thanks to fellow singer & poet Keith Flynn for the opportunity! It’s nice to be noticed by someone whose own work I hold in such high regard. Happy the man.


03.08.2021 Author of ‘Breaking Peace’, Professor Feargal Cochrane, reviews Reconstructions in UK’s ‘Peacebuilding’ journal