Live launch of three new poetry books at Hodges FiggisLive launch of three new poetry books showing a wide variety of styles and forms.

Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe and Annemarie Ní Churreáin will be reading from their books and will be willing to sign copies at this, our first, live launch since restrictions began.

7.00 pm
Friday 22 October
Hodges Figgis, Dawson St, Dublin

Limited Tickets Available. Booking Essential

Selected Poems – John McAuliffe

Over twenty years John McAuliffe’s five books have given his readers a great abundance. In their ‘parallel universes’ his poems chart the domestic weather and undercurrents of modern life, return to the river of his home town, report on the streets of the city he works in and the wider world. His poems compress feeling and occasion into something like song, in lyrics, narratives, translations and ballads, treating travel, friendship, the lives of writers and political figures, ancient history and the recent past, parenthood and childhood, all with the freshly-made texture of worlds suddenly coming to life as we read them. Selected Poems shows for the first time the range of ‘one of the most gifted and versatile poets of his generation’ (Poetry Book Society).

John McAuliffe grew up in Listowel, County Kerry, and studied at NUI Galway. He won the RTÉ Poet of the Future Award in 2000and moved to the UK in 2002. He teaches in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester where he is Professor of Poetry. The Gallery Press has published A Better Life (shortlisted for a Forward Prize, 2002), Next Door (2007), Of All Places (PBS Recommendation and an Irish Times Book of the Year, 2011), The Way In (winner of the Michael Hartnett Award, 2015) and The Kabul Olympics (a Times Literary Supplement and an Irish Times Book of the Year, 2020).


Link :Poet and World – Vona Groarke

When pandemic and crisis are the way of the world what’s a poet to do: engage in a combative full lock, or trust the personal to throw light on the public, so something slips between? Vona Groarke‘s Link: Poet and World explores the give-and-take between the contemporary lyric and our strangely troubled times. Twenty-six poems and their answering prose pieces (featuring the characters of Poet and World) consider how the news frames a poem, telling its home truths. Spiky, tender and funny, Link: Poet and World offers a new kind of poetry book, as enjoyable as it is daring, as crafty as it is skilled.

Vona Groarke has published eleven books with The Gallery Press, including seven poetry collections, the latest being Double Negative(2019). A member of Aosdána, she was a 2018-19 Fellow of the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. She teaches part-time at the University of Manchester and, otherwise, lives in south County Sligo, where she reads and writes.


The Poison Glen – Annemarie Ní Churreáin

The story of the stolen or missing child sits at the heart of The Poison Glen, alongside a desire to bear witness to family loss and cultures of silence in Ireland. Weaving together landscape, history, and the compelling mythology of a Donegal site known as ‘The Poison Glen’, here are poems of grit and burning, of wildness, grace and magic, of dreaming and compassion. The collection is rooted by ‘The Foundling Crib’, a poem that dwells on a long-gone Foundling Hospital in Dublin, accompanied by poems written as responses to sites of various Irish church- and state-run institutions. In poems both tender and ferocious the book illuminates questions that run deep in the Irish psyche. Ultimately it asks, How can darkness be overcome by light?

Annemarie Ní Churreáin comes from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Bloodroot, published by Doire Press in 2017, was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award and the Julie Suk Award. She is a recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award and co-recipient of the Markievicz Award. She has received literary fellowships from USA, Germany and Scotland and was Writer-in-Residence at NUI, Maynooth, and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. The Poison Glen is her first collection with The Gallery Press.


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