Neil McCarthy

Location Vienna
Occupation English Trainer
Website @neilmccarthypoet

About Me

I'm an Irish poet dividing my time between Vienna and Los Angeles. I love writing, reading, football (the real stuff) and have recently fallen in love with good whiskies. In that respect, put a good game of football on the box in a bar, give me a whiskey and let's talk poems - is that close enough to Heaven?

I have published 3 chapbooks of poems and released one CD of spoken word entitled 'Live in the Laden' recorded in Vienna and released under Preiser/Label 08. My poems have been widely published and also translated and published in Romanian, Hungarian and Serbian.

Debut Collection "Stopgap Grace" published by 2018

I hope you enjoy browsing and give Fictionaut the time and attention it deserves!

Why do you write?

I write because I like toying with words, feeling a sense of achievement upon finishing a piece of writing that one person likes. I don't write because I feel I need to do so in order to justify calling myself a writer, a poet - but if a subject captivates my mind, a 'bone of a poem' as I like to say ends up on the back of a beer coaster, or something I see in a cafe or on a street strikes me as being interesting enough to express with words, then I will sit down and hammer it out.

Any favorite authors? Books?

One of my best friends Stephen Murray (Salmon Poetry) is one of my favourite authors - he in turn put me onto Dylan Thomas a few years back. I also admire the writing of Irish poets Billy Ramsell, Greg Delanty, Paul Durcan and the late Dennis O'Driscoll. On the US scene, there are again too many to mention, but Beverly M Collins, the late Mel Weisburd, Ron Koertge, Brendan Constantine and Meghan Plunkett are up there. My favourite book is a work of fiction by the Hungarian writer Antal Szerb who wrote "Journey by Moonlight". Although Spike Milligan's war memoirs are also high up on my list of 'will read agains'.

Neil McCarthy's Wall

Jenny Rawls – Jun 10, 2013

Thanks for the kind words on "Carver" Neil. Re: your profile info, I think the combination writer/musician thing is pretty cool.

Jerry Ratch – Jun 02, 2013

Thank you, Neil!

an absence – Mar 19, 2013

Hi, Neil, and thanks! I'm new here and looking forward to reading your work.

Deborah Oster Pannell – Mar 15, 2013

Neil, thanks for stopping by to comment on my piece, Resistance... much appreciated!! :)

Sara Fitzpatrick Comito – Mar 06, 2013

Neil, thanks for your kind comment on "7 years for us." It means a lot to me.

Jerry Ratch – Feb 28, 2013

Thanks, Neil!

Gary Hardaway – Feb 26, 2013

I'm very grateful for your response to "I'm Waiting." Means a great deal to me.

John Riley – Feb 11, 2013

Thanks, Neil for reading and commenting on "A Forest."

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 27, 2013

Thanks for your comment on Holiday Newsletter.

Jane Flett – Jan 25, 2013

It's ok, I found some more gin.

Adam Strong – Jan 24, 2013

Neil, thanks for the kind words on my piece, One Nil.

Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 23, 2013

Thank you for Ziggy in False Alarm.

Gary Hardaway – Jan 18, 2013

Neil, thank you for reading and responding to The Horror.

Gary V. Powell – Oct 24, 2012

Thanks for the kind words on "The Songs of Townes Van Zandt."

Con Chapman – Feb 14, 2012

They have Guinness, but no pool table and you'd have to go into Boston proper for the pols, but you wouldn't want to. Bad breath is a sort of electoral litmus test here.

Dolemite – Feb 14, 2012

"put me onto Dylan Thomas a few years back."

A few years back?!

Do náire!

Darryl Price – Jan 22, 2012


Jerry Ratch – Jan 20, 2012

Thank you for the comment on the Manet. And welcome!

Neil McCarthy – Jan 17, 2012

Thanks! I´ll have a go at this platform in a few days! :)

Sylvia Petter – Jan 17, 2012

Hey, Neil! Welcome! Looking forward to *seeing* your work after the fun of *hearing* it.

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