Welcome to Eamonn Lynskey’s Reading and Writing Blog
The Irish Writers’ Centre , Dublin
The Irish Writers Centre is happy to announce that Eamonn Lynskey has been selected for the residency at St Mark’s, Florence. Eamonn will travel to Italy this autumn to work on his (Florence-themed) poetry. Eamonn Lynskey is a poet and essayist whose work has been published in leading magazines and journals and on-line. He holds an M. Phil. in creative writing from Trinity College, Dublin and a Diploma in Italian Language and Culture from The Italian Cultural Institute, Dublin. His third collection, ‘It’s Time’, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017.
My thanks to to the Irish Writers’ Centre for awarding me their yearly residency in Florence (see above) which I hope to put to good use exploring the history of this great city. See also my work with the Italian organisation for writers FUIS (Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori) at http://www.fuis.it/residenza-letteraria-penne-inirlanda/articoli4561
About me …
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 (https:www.freewebs.com/lapwingpoetry/ ) and ‘And Suddenly the Sun Again’ published by Seven Towers (Dublin 2010: ISBN 978 0 9562033 6 6), available from Amazon.