What's the Irish for rabbit?
It's a fresh new year, both in the Gregorian and Chinese lunar sense, Mercury and Mars are no longer going backwards in space, and the stodgy haze of the festive period is mere memory.
Well, I thought (sighing heavily), it's time for another newsletter.
Years are weighty things, however; I often think of them like gigantic, etheric wheels. And when a huge wheel comes to a stop, starting it again takes a little bit of effort and time. In much the same way this 2023 has needed a fairly deliberate cranking to get going, or maybe that's just myself.
But there are shoots of newness all the same - I've dusted off my second language/teanga recently for Electric Ireland and Droga 5 - and am now one of the Gaeilgeoirí in chief for their advertisements across television and radio. Keep an ear out for them and we can inevitably argue over the pronunciation of 'fear' together. And, as usual, I've been burrowing away in my home studio for clients far and near (that's the first and last of the rabbit-related puns, I promise).
It may be the Year of the Rabbit, but for me it has very much begun as Bliain an Choinín.
Until next time, slán libh!
RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.