Essays on John McGahern: Assessing a Literary Legacy, eds Derek Hand and Eamon Maher will be published by Cork University Press. It will include ‘John McGahern and ‘Irish Writing’:  from The Dark to Amongst Women.’

A review of Yiyun Lee’s Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, has appeared in the Irish Times, 22 April 2017, 11.

Three new essay have been taped for Sunday Miscellany, RTE, and will be broadcast later in 2017.

An essay, ‘Georges Seurat in Port-en-Bessin’ will be published in Queen’s Quarterly (Canada) in March 2017.

The Found Voice was chosen as one of the best books of 2016 by Ian McGillis in The Gazette (Montreal).

The Found Voice was given a full page review, with editorial comment, in the Times Literary Supplement of 17/26 August.  A short review appeared earlier in the Irish Times, and other reviews are in the works.

‘Coetzee’s Dialogues: Who says who we are?’  OUP Blog, 15 September.

A piece about the writing of The Found Voice appeared in the Irish Times, May 6 2016,    :

An extract, the Prologue, is included in Dublin Review of Books (May 2016):

On Bloomsday 2016, CBC Books listed A Migrant Heart as one of ’12 Great Books by Irish Canadian Authors’.

Earlier News

The first of a new set of radio essays, ‘A Field in Castlecomer’ will be broadcast on RTE1 ‘Sunday Miscellany’, 8 May 2016, 9-10 a.m.  Podcast will be available later.

The Found Voice: Writers’ Beginnings will be published by Oxford University Press in May 2016, some months later by OUP (US) and OUP (Canada).  For details and an extract see the publisher’s website:

A Migrant Heart is now available worldwide in paper and as an ebook.  Go to for updates regarding distribution.

Read a feature about the book in the Montreal Gazette, written by Ian McGillis, ‘Denis Sampson’s A Migrant Heart maps space between emigrant and immigrant’:

Read the first Irish reviews: and’s-b00k/31077903.html

Listen to a conversation with Vincent Woods, RTE Radio 1, “The Arts Tonight”  Podcast on RTE Radio and on itunes.

‘Seamus Heaney, “World Culture”, and the Kitchen Mat’ appeared in Queen’s Quarterly: A Canadian Review, Fall 2015, vol. 122, no 3.

‘Mavis Gallant and the Authentic Voices of the Dead’,  also appeared in Queen’s Quarterly: A Canadian Review; Spring 2015, vol. 122, no. 1. (by subscription only)


Article in Irish Times, 13 March 2015 on being a Canadian immigrant.