Look in my RECENT POSTS for a brief account of a very good book I read recently entitled ‘The Reluctant Tommy’. Also a piece on the August 26th Sunflower Sessionsopen mic in Nealon’s Pub in Capel Street, Dublin, in which poet Liz McSkeane was the featured writer. Read also a rather late (but better late than never!) review of the American poet Paul Allen’s book ‘Ground Forces’; and a brief review of a fascinating book ‘The Ghost Map’ by Steven Johnson.
Eamonn Lynskey was born in Dublin in 1948. In early life he worked in various office jobs, and later as a teacher and Adult Education Organiser. His poetry has been published widely since its first appearance in the 1980s in the Irish Press‘New Irish Writing’ page edited by the late David Marcus. Publications in which his work has appeared include Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, SHOp, The Stinging Fly, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannog, and The Irish Times.
His first collection, ‘Dispatches & Recollections’, was published by Lapwing (Belfast) in 1998 and his second ‘And Suddenly the Sun Again’, was published in 2010 by Seven Towers Ltd. He was nominated for Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and was a finalist in the Strokestown International Poetry Competition. In May 2011 he was granted a two-week stay at the Heinrich Boll Cottage writer’s retreat in Achill, (sincere thanks to the Heinrich Boll Organising Committee and Mayo Co. Council). He studied for an M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin during 2011-12 and was conferred in April 2013. He took part in a reading organised in association with the University of London’s Human Rights Consotium and the Keats House Poets at the Stanza Festival in St Andrews in Scotland in March 2014.
‘Dispatches & Recollections’ (1998) [ISBN 1 898472 351] published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast, is available from the author @ E10.00 (including P&P) at email@example.com and online at Amazon Books. This was Eamonn’s first collection comprising 30 poems, roughly divided between poems about Dublin suburbia and about life in the rural Ireland of Co.Clare. It includes some of the first poems ever published by Eamonn in various magazines and journals. A second collection ‘And Suddenly the Sun Again’ (2010), [ISBN 978 0 9562033 6 6] published by Seven Towers Ltd,Dublin, is available from the author @ €10 (incl. P&P) and from from Amazon. Eamonn reads his work regularly at the Sunflower Sessions in Nealon’s Pub in Capel Street (7.30 pm, every last Wednesday of the month).
Greetings fellow Seven Towers’ poet–I like your blog very much, in fact you’ve given me some good ideas on organizing and neatening my own blog. I’ve also, for the first time, been reading your poems. Very nice! Hope we meet.
Sorry for delay in replying. Thanks for the comment. I keep the blog content more or less strictly on poetry and writing generally. I only put up work that has been previously published by someone other than me. There are far too many people publishing their own work on-line and the result is that a lot of mediocre stuff (or worse) appears. I’m not saying that my previously-published stuff is Nobel-quality but at least I can always say that someone else, of reputation, thought it good enough to include. I wish you all the best of fortune with your own work.