Monday Books: Insight into Ulster Poets

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Monday Books: Insight into Ulster Poets


Byline: DAPHNE ABERNETHY

In the Chair: Interviews with Northern Irish Poets by John Brown. Published by Salmon Poetry.

LONDONDERRY-born author John Brown, in this series of interviews, delves into the biographical, social and literary influences of 22 leading Northern Irish poets, providing an intriguing insight into the unique voice of Ulster poets.

Poets interviewed were all born after 1920 and are arranged chronologically from their years of birth, and range from Robert Greacen to Colette Bryce, encompassing the views of poets who have helped to express the evolution of Northern life over the past decades.

Including both established and less well-known voices, the book aims to serve the reader interested in poetry in general, and Northern poetry in particular.

Beginning with questions about early family life and the introduction to words which Donegal poet Cathal O Searcaigh memorably describes as: those winged birds that made the air around me whirr with excitement Brown probes the extent to which the ongoing social and political unrest impinged on the poets work. …

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