Welcome to EAMONN LYNSKEY’S
reading and writing blog.
See my ‘Recent posts’ (by clicking it on the list on the left) for a brief review of the latest ‘Orbis’, ‘Skylight47’ and ‘Cyphers’ magazines, which include some poems of mine. There is also a review of my latest book ‘It’s Time’ in the Reviews section, and a brief review of a book by an old friend Donall Dempsey. Also see under ‘Workshops’ a brief report of my visit to Tampa, Florida, at the invitation of Salmon Poetry, to participate in the Association of Writers’ Programmes Conference, during March 2018, and for which I gratefully acknowledge the financial help received from Culture Ireland.
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 it first appeared in the 1980s in the Irish Press ‘New Irish Writing’ page edited by David Marcus. Publications in which his work has featured include Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, SHOp, The Stinging Fly, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannog, The Irish Times, Skylight47, Orbis (UK) and online at Southword, Stepaway (UK) and Northwest Words.
Eamonn was nominated for Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and was a finalist in the Strokestown International Poetry Competition. He holds an M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He took part in a reading organised in association with the University of London’s Human Rights consortium and the Keats House Poets at the Stanza Festival in St Andrews in Scotland in March 2014 and in many other events before and since. He is also a regular contributor of essays and articles to the magazine ‘Senior Times’.
Eamonn’s third poetry collection, ‘It’s Time’, was published by Salmon Poetry last year (2017). It is available in ‘Books Upstairs’ in Dublin and on the Salmon website.
Of this collection, renowned poet Gerald Dawe wrote: ‘Eamonn Lynskey’s poems live on the edge of things – people’s ordinary lives as much as global concerns – and like all edges they can be razor-sharp. His is a voice unafraid to speak about political urgencies but also well sourced in everyday language and available form. A thought-provoking, unsettling collection of questions rather than answers’
and Liz McManus , novelist and chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre, wrote: ‘such a joy to come across some old friends of poems which are as full of passion and compassion as ever’.
A review of this book can be found in the Reviews section.
Eamonn’s other two collections are ‘Dispatches & Recollections’, published by Lapwing (Belfast 1998: ISBN 1898472351) which is available from Lapwing, and ‘And Suddenly the Sun Again’ published by Seven Towers (Dublin 2010: ISBN 978 0 9562033 6 6), available from Amazon.