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~ Sunday 26th: I'll be reading my poem 'A Prosperous Port' as part of a performance of Come The Sails, at the Theatre Royal, Waterford, 7.30pm.

~ Friday 24th: A slate plaque with my poem 'Kilfarrasy' engraved on it is to be unveiled at Kilfarrasy, on the Waterford coast, 11pm, part of the Bealtaine Festival. Photo below, Paddy Dwan, whose images grace the plaque and who managed the project.

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~ Saturday 27th: A reading at the Poetry Lounge, Waterford Gallery of Art, O'Connell Street, Waterford, 2 - 4pm. With Lani O'Hanlon and Sandy Yannone.

~ Thanks to Nessa O'Mahony for a very lovely review of Beyond Stillness, in the latest edition of Poetry Ireland,


~ Very happy to have received an Arts Council Grant for a project I've been working on with the photographer Margaret O'Brien-Moran. Back in 2012, she made a series of photo-collages around the images of my poem 'Angel'. She approached me in 2021 with an idea to work together in the Japanese Gardens in Tramore. We visited the Gardens monthly in 2022: Margaret making experiments in sustainable photography, me wriitng very short poems. We are now in the process of preparing for an Exhibition at the Coastguard Centre in Tramore in February 2025, to be called From The Japanese Gardens. The grant I received is for an artbook which will combine my poems with some of Margaret's images. 


~ FRIDAY 23rd: Taking part in Thurles's new Poetry On The Wing tonight, at O'Gorman's Pub (The Monks), Mitchell Street, Thurles. Also happy to have new poems in Broken Sleep's Masculinity anthology, in David Cooke's excellent online High Windows and in poet Niamh Twomey's new Journal of Nature Poetry, The Hive.

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~ Sunday 12th: Honoured to be launching Mary O'Donnell's new pamphlet, Outsiders, Always, at Books Upstairs, Dublin,                    2.30pm.


~ Friday 10th: Reading from Sea and Stone at the Kilinaspic Local Shed, 7.30pm.


~ Saturday 4th: Festival in a Van, Vital Signs on the Road readings, with musicians Fiach Moriarty and Ali Comerford:                       St. Lazerian's House, Bagnelstown, at 11 am, and Fair Green Park, Bagnelstown, at 3.30pm.



~ Sunday 29th: A pleasure to be launching Edward Denniston's new collection, Vital, at the Waterford Art Gallery, 2pm.


~ Delighted to have poems in these two new Anthologies, Windfall: Irish nature poems to inspire and connect, Hachette                 Irelandedited by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Jane Carkill, and I Am The Wind, Little Island Books, an anthology for children,       edited by Lucinda Jacob and Sarah Webb, illustrated by Ashwin Chacko.


~ Thursday 19th: Ardmore launch of Sea and Stone, at the Molly Keane House, New Line Road, Ardmore, P36 HX85.


~ Friday 13th: Hoping to see old friends and to meet new ones at the Waterford launch of Sea and Stone!



~ Saturday 29th July: I’ll be giving a Haiku Workshop at the Japanese Gardens, 10-12pm.


~ Friday 28th July: I’ll be taking part in the Seán Dunne Literary Trail Launch, 5-6pm, at the Japanese Gardens, Tramore.


~ Thursday 13th July: I’ll be reading with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Mícheál McCann at the Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire,

    7.30pm start.


~ Thursday 6th July: Paddy Dwan and I will be attending the National heritage Dinner, where I’ve been asked to read

    a couple of pieces from our Backstrand Book.



~ Sunday 7th May: St. Andrew's, Church of Ireland, Dunmore East, 3.30 - 5pm. Reading with Clodagh Beresford and Martina   Dalton.


~ Wednesday 17th May: Cork City Library, 4pm.

Delighted to be reading with Geraldine Mitchell at the Cork International Poetry Festival. 





~  Readings confirmed for April.


 ~ Thursday 27th April, Poetry Day: The Tannery, Dungarvan. Rerading with Clodagh Beresford.

   A ticketed dinner and poetry event, part of the West Waterford Food Festival.


_  Friday 28th April: Reading at the Central Library, Waterford. 3pm.






~  Lovely review of Beyond Stillness, by Ross Thompson, in The High Window:





   Here's a link to a Dedalus Blog piece, about a new poem, 'Grasshopper Warbler':




~ Wednesday 4th, 7pm.  JUST TO SAY is an hour of poetry and discussion hosted by Molly Twomey, sponsored by Jacar Press. I will be taking     part, with the poet Saddiq Dzukogi.

   For the Zoom link, just email Richard Krawiec, jacarpress@gmail.com




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~   Good to see Beyond Stillness mentioned by Martina Evans in 'The best new poetry of 2022' in The Irish Times, 26th November,

     and by Enda Wyley in the Independent, 17th December.


~   A link to a piece I wrote about the poem 'Nightingale and Cello, from my new collection:



~   Thanks to Martin Dyar for including one of my poems in his anthology Vital Signs, just published by Arlen House.


~   A pleasure to talk to Enda Wyley and Peter Sirr about the new collection, on their podcast Books for Breakfast:



~ Grace Wells has included a generous selection of my poems in the new anthology from Dedalus Press, The Book of Life.


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~   Confirmed readings from Beyond Stillness:

Tuesday 1st November, The Red Books, Wexford, 7.30pm.

Wednesday 9th November, St Kieran's College, Kilkenny, 7pm.

Tuesday 15th November, St. Patrick's College, Carlow, 7.30pm. With Jessica Traynor,

Wednesday 16th November, Clonmel Library, 6.30pm.

Sunday 27th November, Books Upstairs, Dublin, 3pm. Introduction by author and journalist Paddy Woodworth.

Thursday 8th December, Molly Keane House, Ardmore, 7.30pm.  With Lani O'Hanlon.

Wednesday 14th December, Cariick-on-Suir Library, 7pm.




~   Lovely review of Beyond Stillness, by Martina Evans, in The Irish Times - see in Reviews.



The Invite for the launch of Beyond Stillness.






















Beyond Stillness will be launched on Sunday 30th October, by the poet James Harpur, at the Medieval Museum, Waterford,

in the beautiful Garden Room.




I'm delighted to be reading with the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma, and the great Michael Coady, at a special Poetry Plus Night organized by the wonderful Margaret O'Brien.

Date: Friday, 7th October

Time: 7 to 9pm

Venue: Sean Healy Memorial Library, Greenside, Carrick-on-Suir.


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Portrait of Mary Palliser by Sir Frederic William Burton.jpgFor Culture Night 2023, Friday 23rd September, 

I was asked to write a poem in response to this painting,

by Sir Frededrick Burton. The painting is of Jane Palliser,

the sister of John Palliser, of Comeragh, one of the

great explorers of Northern Canada in the 1800s.

I wrote about John Palliser in Comeragh, (2018), the

book about the Comeragh Mountains  with

photographer Paddy Dwan. This painting was

actually mentioned in that book.  Jane and Frederick

were engaged, for 10 years, but they never married. 

It's been rumoured that this painting was initially gifted

to Mary as an engagement gift 

Mary died in 1879 due to pneumonia, and Burton

never got engaged again. She is buried in

Comeragh Cemetery in County Waterford.

The painting is now in the Waterford Art Gallery, on a

5-year loan from the Saskatchewan government. I'll

be reading the poem at the Art Gallery on the evening

of 23rd September, 7pm.


This is my poem, spoken as it were in Jane's voice:




At dusk we loved to walk

beside the river, when shadows

start to merge and to mingle

the alder and the willow tree.


Stealthing the rushes, a moon –

a pale face breaking up

and breaking up again

in slow smiles on the water.


The silvery plip of a fish.

Comings and goings in reeds.

At times on those walks

I’d become a creature of light.


Then last night it unreeled itself,

the song of a bird

we had always longed to hear –

a grasshopper warbler.


Only I couldn’t hear it –

he had to hear it for me.

And the world got that bit smaller.

The god of all things laughed –


So, you couldn’t hear a bird.

Tell me, where are you now?

Walking by the Tay river,

in the cool of the evening.


Tell me what it’s like there.

We can taste the scent of water.

Reeds are creaking in their sleep.

Dusk is round us like a glove.


And where, on this wide earth,

would you rather be?

Nowhere else but here, my lord,

nowhere else but here.



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Friday 2nd September


The first copies of Beyond Stillness have arrived!
















This is the cover of my new collection, courtesy of my publisher,

Pat Boran, of Dedalus Press. The collection is due to be launched

on Sunday 30th October, at the Imagine Festival, Waterford.














Some photos from the Pangolin Pavilion reading, courtesy of Eileen Heneghan.

A short video can be found at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ig-iNd5GuQ
















Sunday 3rd July

I will be reading with Grace Wells as part of the Clonmel Junction Festival, at the Pangolin Pavilion in Denis Burke Park, Clonmel. The Pavilion will be erected as part of the eco=work of Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, who have been travelling on the Shannon in their eco-boat, aiming to increase awareness of the environmental crisis. At 2.30 pm.



Thursday 28th April

To celebrate Poetry Day Ireland there will be a reading of my poetry in the foyer of the Theatre Royal, Waterford, this Thursday 28th April, at 6pm. Readings by Joeface Meagher, Lani O Hanlon, Nicola Spendlove, Devlyn Lonergan and Charlie Meagher.

Tickets are free but you are encouraged to book at https://www.theatreroyal.ie/.../a-reading-of-mark-ropers...



Thursday 3rd February

I'll be reading my poem 'More Than Ever' at the Zoom event below. The poem is in the new anthology

'Where The Birds Sing Our Names', produced for Ty Hafan, the Children's Hospice in Wales.






Sunday 31st October

seashores online haiku event, 5 - 6.30 pm.

Nature, Poetry and Haiku, a Round Table with Amanda Bell, David J Kelly, Jane Robinson and Mark Roper, moderated

by Gilles Fabre.

This is the link to join the event. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://worldrugby.zoom.us/j/8656491793

Meeting ID: 865 649 1793


Friday 29th October

I'll be reading at 8pm tonight with Martina Evans and John Sexton, as part of the Amergin Samhain Poetry Gathering at Waterville, Co. Kerry.



Monday 11th October

I delivered my archive to UCD today, to Special Collections at the James Joyce Library. Some 40 years worth of correspondence, drafts, journals, notebooks, and much other stuff. It will form part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive. Special thanks to Ursula Byrne, Head of Development and Strategic Programmes, and Evelyn Flanagan, Special Collections.


Sunday 10th October


I will be reading with the musician Mick McCauley at the following venues:


Green Street, CALLAN, Co. Kilkenny. 11am.

The Square, BALLYRAGGET, Co. Kilkenny, 2pm.

 Discovery Park, CASTLECOMER, Co. Kilkenny, 4.30pm.


 The following poem was commissioned by Words Move for the event:




The sun lies wrecked

on Gortrush Wood.


A full moon hoists itself   

over Falconer’s Hill.


Above a ploughed field

on Silver Springs road


a wing of golden plovers

has risen so high


it can only be seen,

in the velvet dark,


when the birds turn,

and their white breasts


are touched

and are touched


by the dying,

by the rising light.




Thursday 16th September

A pleasure to talk to Catherine Fogarty on Tipp Mid West Radio this morning, with Grace Wells and Aine ni Ghlinn. We each read a poem we had written for children, which had also been sent out to local schools. We then read poems sent in by children based on short writing exercises we had sent out with the poem.


Friday 3rd September, 5.30 pm

OH, THIS HECTIC WORLD, the Japanese Gardens, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

Places limited - please RSVP info@lafcadiohearngardens.com before 25th August.

I had the great privilege and pleasure of collaborating with the composer Eric Sweeney for many years. At the start of the lockdown in 2020, I picked out 10 classic haiku and Eric set them to music. This was the last work he composed – Eric died in July 2020, a great shock and a terrible blow to his wife Sally, his children and grandchildren, his huge circle of friends and students and admirers. Shortly before he died, I had the luck to sit with him while he played me the music he had written for the haiku. The piece, called ‘Oh, this hectic world’, a line taken from one of the haiku, was performed online at the Imagine Festival in October 2020, with Eric’s friend and colleague Marian Ingoldsby performing the music. Eric’s hope had always been that we would perform it in the beautiful setting of the Japanese Gardens in Tramore, and I’m delighted that Marian and I can now do so.



Monday 21st June, 7pm: a pleasure to be reading with two very fine poets.




The Poetry of Nature PAT BORAN and guests EVA BOURKE, MARK ROPER and GRACE WELLS

Live Event: Sunday 2nd May 3.00 pm

PAT BORAN and guests EVA BOURKE, MARK ROPER and GRACE WELLS explore the relationship between poetry and nature, discussing the attractions, and challenges, of writing about the natural world, not least in these challenging times. This informal conversation will include short readings by the poets.




Delighted to have a poem, Nightingale and Cello, in the new Anthology published by Doire Press, edited by Alice Kinsella and Nessa O'Mahony, caled Empty House. Copies available from www.doirepress.com




Saturday 26th December


A reading of 3 poems on this short video from Amergin Online, with poet Jackie Gorman and traditional musician Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich:



Monday 21st December

Pleased to have a short essay on species-loneliness published today in the Australian online journal Axon:



Saturday 19th December, 7 pm.

As part of its launch, I will be reading the 2 poems I have contributed to the American anthology Civilisation in Crisis. This is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84639633282

Civilisation in Crisis is edited by Bart White and Dwain Wilder, publishers Michael and Carolyn Czarnecki, FootHills Publishing, Kanona, New York.



‘Oh, this hectic world’ is the last piece of music composed by Eric Sweeney, a setting for 10 classic Japanese haiku I had chosen to reflect the course of the seasons. We were to perform the piece together at the Imagine Arts Festival this October.  After Eric's death in July, composer and pianist Marian Ingoldsby, a close friend and colleague of Eric’s at WIT for over 25 years, very kindly agreed to step in to play Eric’s music. This is the link to the event, filmed beautifully by Keith Currams:



It was an honour to have been part of the Poetry Exchange organized by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust this month, in which 5 poets spent an afternoon ringing elderly people who had asked for a poem to be read to them.


I was proud to have played a very small part in 'In Our Hearts Forever'. This was a project initiated by Linda Fahy and Margaret O'Brien in Carrick-on-Suir, to provide commemoration for those who had died during the Covid lockdown but had not been able to have proper funerals. Margaret O'Brien writes about the project in the link below:




A link to a podcast made by Colette Colfer and Terry Hackett, of the excellent Spokes Podcasts:



A link to a long interview here with Tracy Gaughan of The Blue Nib magazine:




Terrible to hear the news that Eric Sweeney died on 21st July, from a heart attack. Admired nationally and internationally as a composer and teacher of music, he was also deeply loved as a man. I had worked with Eric for the last 10 years, since we were invited to compose a song for Come The Sails, a piece of music commissioned for the Tall Ships Festival in Waterford in 2010. Since then we have performed numerous recitals together, in churches and other venues all over the country. We also ran projects in schools in Waterford, working with pupils to get them to write the music and words for songs. And we worked together on 2 operas, The Invader and The Green One. Films of these can be found under Links. During the lockdown I had picked 10 classic haiku, tracing the course of the seasons, which Eric had set to music. We were due to perform the piece at the Imagine Festival in October. Eric and his wife Sally were the most generous and hospitable hosts; Eric was a great cook. He will be sorely missed in so very many ways.


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Delighted to be reading 3 poems on the Trasna website:




Happy to have a good few poems in this new anthology:

THE WORD ARK is a pocket-sized anthology of poems from Ireland's Dedalus Press, responding to our fellow creatures, great and small, published at a time when not only the animal kingdom but the world at large is beset by dangers on an unprecedented scale. It is, as editor Pat Boran says in the introduction, “An invitation to look more intently at the world beyond ourselves, an external balance to our inner turmoil.” The contributions come from 45 poets – among them Paula Meehan, Patrick Deeley, Paddy Bushe, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, the late Francis Harvey, Mark Roper, Mary Montague, Eva Bourke, Enda Wyley and Boran himself – so that the book reports on the natural world from the four corners of the island of Ireland, and indeed farther afield. The book is illustrated by the editor's father-in-law, the artist Gaetano Tranchino, who contributes timeless illustrations from his Siracusa, Sicily. The Word Ark is a highly personal and timely response to a crisis, but also a report on how positive thinking and engagement with the natural world can be a help and consolation at such a time as this.

FULL LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS: Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Eva Bourke, Paddy Bushe, Conor Carville, Inger Christensen, Marie Coveney, Enda Coyle-Greene, Catherine Ann Cullen, Pádraig J Daly, Patrick Deeley, Theo Dorgan, Katherine Duffy, Erin Fornoff, Matthew Geden, Ray Givans, Francis Harvey, Eleanor Hooker, Patrick Kehoe, John Kelly, Tom Mathews, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Philip McDonagh, Iggy McGovern, Paula Meehan, Mary Montague, Aidan Murphy, Gerry Murphy, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Peggy O’Brien, John O’Donnell, Mary O’Donoghue, Paul Perry, Leeanne Quinn, Ger Reidy, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Ross Thompson, Richard Tillinghast, Jessica Traynor, Grace Wells, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods and Enda Wyley.



For a reading of my poem Sleeping With The Kingfisher, in a short film by Pat Boran:





Reading some poems here for Poets Pandemic Podcast, including the poem below, with Maggie Dubris from New York:



This is a new poem, for this Spring in particular:




Now more than ever, swallow,

is the time to come, up the river

and over the field.


Now, rook, the time to know

your ramshackle basket of twig

holds its fragile trove.


Blackcap, this moment more than ever

we need your hidden delivery,

sudden mad burst of song.


Gorse, your rich and delicate perfume.

Dandelion, your cloth of gold.


Thrush, do not fail us now, sling

your fervent prayer into the wind,

into the driving rain.


Primrose, please, keep sketching your soft circles.

Above a still lake of bluebell,

unfurl, beech tree, your tender leaf.


More than ever, moon, your shining example.

More than ever, pebble, your patience.


This poem is featured on the Write Where We Are Now website, curated by Carol Ann Duffy:


It will also be included in the Ty Hafan Anthology, to be published in 2012, an anthology of poems and song lyrics edited by Tony Curtis, to be sold to support the children’s hospice for south Wales, based in Sully in the Vale of Glamorgan. See www.tyhafan.org 



I've been watching a flock of some 150 Whooper Swans in river meadows at Tibberaghny, by the River Suir. The poem below will be published along with 2 more new poems, Otter, and Black-throated Diver, in Acumen No. 9.




They are too white for winter.

That is to say, there is no frost

in their white feathers, no ice.

And that bright stain of buttercup –

their have dipped their bills in Spring.


Photo courtesy Paddy Dwan


















A brief extract from an article in Raceme No. 8, by Kerri ni Dochartaigh, 'On Mark Roper's recent work':

"I am reminded of lines of his that I have copied out at the front of my journal: 'We are held by what cannot be held.' ... At his finest Roper is ethereal, observant, at ease in the liminal - taking us by hand 'into the kingdom of dark', the moth-light of evening."

Raceme, c/o Matthew Barton, 19 Birchall Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 7TW, UK.




Lovely to hear Olivia O'Leary read my poem 'Dolphins' on RTE Radio One's Drivetime today:



They slip through the surface below the cliff,

two adults and a child,

rolling and folding their longed-for lengths.


We watch with two minds

this vison of fin

framed in all we now think of as loss.


Already they seem belated, shadows

of former selves,

apparitions rising from ruin.


Foam flares from their breaking backs

like words erased

as soon as they’re uttered.


They rise and fall, as if trying

to mend the water.

The sea, in their wake, appears to heal.


from EVEN SO, Dedalus Press, 2008




The poet Edward Power died on 22nd October. Here's a link to my tribute to his life and work:



SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER, Christ Church, Church Road, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 3 pm.

POETRY & PIPES: A Recital with Eric Sweeney to celebrate the restoration of the 1876 Telford Church Organ.


FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER, St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford, 8 pm.

IN HIGH PLACES: Music and Words from the Comeragh Mountains. With sean-nós singer Ann Mulqueen, singer and accordion player Breda De Paor, internationally acclaimed uillean pipe player David Power. In High Places is a unique collaboration between musicians and a poet, based around the mysteries of the Comeraghs. For this special event Mark will read extracts from Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour. This will be combined with the songs and playing of Ann Mulqueen and Breda De Paor, alongside the playing of the uileann pipes by David Power.


FRIDAY 11th OCTOBER, The Book Centre, Waterford, 6 pm.

I'll be reading Hayden Carruth's beautiful poem 'No Matter What, After All, and That Beautiful Word So' at 'We haven't had an earthquake lately ,,,' , the Well Festival's annual reading of favourite poems. Carruth's poem is 'about' listening to the calls of wild geese in the night. Over the course of the poem the speaker works his way out of the confines of his consciousness into an awareness of the blessing of what lies forever beyond it.


THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER, University Hospital Waterford, 6 pm.

I will be launching 'That's How The Light Gets In,' an Exhibition of paintings by Ann Brennan, Blawnin Clancy, Aidan Dunne, Ciara Gormley and Mary Tritschler.



A new poem 'Murmuration' was shortlisted for the 2019 Bridport Prize.




SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST, St. Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire, 8 pm.

I will be performing with organist and composer Eric Sweeney.


Further Info: dunlaoghaireconcerts@gmail.com




Beautiful article by Paddy Woodworth in the Irish Times, about my work with with the photographer Paddy Dwan, especially the book on the Comeragh Mountains.



My poem 'After The Fall' can be found on Giovanna Iorio's Poetry Sound Library, a map of the world on which poems spoken by poets from all over the world can be accessed. Use the alphabetical index on the right of the map:






Lovely to see Michael Viney pick Comeragh as one of his books of the year for 2018:

"The uplands and valleys of Ireland’s southeast inspired a gifted partnership for Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour (Whimbrel Press). Waterford photographer Paddy Dwan and poet Mark Roper spent five years on this, the third of their books devoted to the character, culture and natural history of the region. In richly textured images and prose, they portray this comparatively unsung upthrust of Munster, glacially sculpted and bathed in an often dramatic light. In this landscape, Dwan’s moments with birds are also exceptional, from crossbill and buzzard to kestrel and cuckoo. Roper fell into a ravine and broke his neck, but went on to follow the story of the mountains, woven with the local lives of those who know them best." Michael Viney, The Irish Times, 1/12/2018.






The following venues and dates have been confirmed for Readings with Slide Shows from the new book:


Ballymacarbry Community Hall,

Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford.


Clonmel Library, Emmet Street,

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.


The Tudor Artisan Hub,

Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.


Rathgormack Community Centre,

Rathgormack, Co. Waterford.

THURSDAY 15th NOVEMBER, 6.30 pm,

Dungarvan Library, Davitt's Quay,

Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.


St. Brigid's Hall,

Kilrossanty, Co. Waterford.


Kilmacthomas Library, Main Street,

Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.



THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER, 8 pm, Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford

'The Requiem for Truth', a concert/performance by Stomptown Brass and Collapsing Horse Theatre Company.               

During this show I will be giving a 5-minute reading, entitled 'The Truth and Puffins.' 



A link to an article in the Irish Times about Comeragh:





SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER. 9.30 - 11 am,


Reading with Ruth Timmins. writebythesea.ie/programme-2018/



The Vestibule, Theatre Royal, Waterford.

Guest Speaker Carrie Crowley.



Reading with composer and organist Eric Sweeney, and Anne Marie Kennedy, at Chez Le Fab Cafe, Arthur's Quay Park, Limerick. www.limerickwriterscentre.com



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has just been sent to the printer!

It is my third book with photographer Paddy Dwan, after THE RIVER BOOK and THE BACKSTRAND. 

It will be launched at  the Theatre Royal, Waterford, on Saturday 29th September, 7 pm, by Carrie Crowley.




A joint recital with composer and organist Eric Sweeney at the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore, as part of their International Summer Organ series.   www.tisos.org/2018-series/words-and-music 


TUESDAY 3rd JULY, 6.45 pm, CASHEL:

Reading at Cashel Library, with Grace Wells.





Reading at the Belfast Book Festival, with James Harpur and John F. Deane. Venue: The Crescent.   belfastbookfestival.com/whats-on/the-poetic-line-mark-roper   



Reading for the students of the Carlow Universsity Pittsburgh MFA Programme at Trinity College, Dublin.



Reading at the Carlow Arts Festival, with Jane Clarke, Maurice Devitt, Grace Wells and the Carlow Writers' Co-op. Venue: O'Hara's Festival Pavilion, St. Patrick's College. 



Reading at Listowel Writers Week, with Caoilinn Hughes and Brian Kirk, in the Listowel Arms Ballroom. 

 Michael Hartnett Poetry Event



A new poem, 'OWL', has been awarded 2nd Prize in the RSPB Rialto Poetry Competition. The Judge was Michael Longley. 'OWL' will be publsihed in the autumn edition of Rialto:   www.therialto.co.uk/pages



Reading at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, with Padraig Mac Fhearghusa and Mary Turley-McGrath.   Programme available here.



Reading with Grace Wells at the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.





BINDWEED has been shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2018.   
Irish Times Poetry Now Award shortlist revealed.


21st June                         Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering, with Gerry Smyth.

                                          POSTPONED, UNTIL 20-23rd JUNE 2021. 

April 18th                         Poetry in Palmers Green, with Julian Bishop, Mimi Khalvati, Peter Phillips and Anne Stewart.

                                           POSTPONED UNTIL 30th jANUARY 2021.



20th October                  Christ Church, Tramore.

18th October                   St. Patrick's Gateway, Waterford.

18th August                     St. Michael's Church, Dunlaoghaire.

28th March,                     Galway, Over The Edge.

11th August,                    Dunlaoghaire, with organist Eric Sweeney.



10th January,

Staccato, Toner’s, Baggott Street, Dublin.

14th February,

Cork International Poetry Festival.

26th April,

Molly Keane House, Ardmore, Co. Waterford.

4th May,

The Hub, Carrick-on-Suir.

6th May,

Strokestown International Poetry Festival.

1st June,

Listowel Writers’ Festival.

10th June,

Carlow Arts Festival.

12th June,

Trinity College.

14th June,

Belfast Book Festival.

20th June,

Limerick, with organist Eric Sweeney.

3rd July,

Cashel Library, with Grace Wells.

17th July,

Tullamore, International Summer Organ series, with Eric Sweeney.

4th September,

Chez Le Fab Art Cafe, Limerick, with Eric Sweeney.

29th September,

Kilmore Quay, Write By The Sea Festival, Reading and Workshop.

29th September,

The Theatre Royal, Waterford,

Launch of Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour; by Carrie Crowley.

2nd December,

Granville Hotel, Waterford,

Archaeological and Historical Society Annual Lunch.

Reading from Comeragh, with slide show from Paddy Dwan.





Paddy Kehoe, RTE Website, 12.12.2017   www.rte.ie/culture/2017/reviewed-bindweed-by-mark-roper

Siobhan Campbell, Poetry Ireland Review, December 2017.

Catriona O'Reilly, The Irish Times, 13/1/2018  www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/poetry-competing-in-the-ghastly-attention

Matthew Geden, Southword, January 2018   www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/Issues/33/bindweed.html
Enda Wyley, Dublin Review Of Books, July 2018   www.drb.ie/essays
Rosamund Taylor, The North, January 2019.
Kerri ni Dochtartaigh, Raceme, No. 8, Autumn/Winter 2019.
BINDWEED was launched in Waterford on 21st October 2017, by the poet James Harpur.   Available here.