Welcome to EAMONN LYNSKEY’S
reading and writing blog.
See my ‘Recent posts’ for an overview of what we are reading at the Lucan Book Club (by clicking it on the list on the left) and for a brief report on the bursary I received from the Irish Writers Union to spend a week in Rome. Also a mention of the Senior Times magazine, which carries an article by me. Also, elsewhere, I review the anthology edited by Eileen Casey (The Lea-Green Down) of responses to Patrick Kavanagh’s poetry, which includes a poem of mine. There are also reviews by Fred Johnston (in Poetry Ireland Review) and David Butler (in the Galway-based Skylight 47) of my latest book ‘It’s Time’ in the Reviews section
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 and an M.A from Dublin City University. 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’. In September 2018 he traveled to Rome on an exchange programme, aided by a bursary from the Irish Writers Union. At present he is assembling his fourth collection.
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.
‘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’ — Gerald Dawe
‘Such a joy to come across some old friends of poems which are as full of passion and compassion as ever’ — Liz McManus , novelist and chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre
‘Fine poems throughout this collection ought to reinforce Lynskey’s reputation. As a stylist, he could teach our younger catch of poets a thing or two. And he is never dull’ — Fred Johnson In Poetry Ireland review
‘… the great events of history are skillfully intermingled with the minutiae of small lives’ — Liz McSkeane, poet, novelist and Director of Turas Press
See full reviews of It’s Time 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.