Welcome to Eamonn Lynskey’s Reading and Writing Blog:

See ‘RECENT POSTS for a description of my residency in Florence, courtesy of the Irish Writers Centre.

Publication in ‘Senior Times’ September 2019

See ‘RECENT POSTS’ for information about my essay on Cardinal Newman’s canonisation in the September edition of ‘Senior Times’ magazine

About me …

Eamonn Lynskey was born in Dublin in 1948. In early life he worked  in various officeNo3.jpg 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 and in October 2019 was resident poet in Florence, courtesy of the Irish Writers Centre. At present he is assembling his fourth collection.

PUBLICATIONS:

Cover Its Time.jpgEamonn’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.         

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13 Comments

  1. I would appreciate more visual materials, to make your blog more attractive, but your writing style really compensates it. But there is always place for improvement

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    1. I’m only just at the beginning of learning how to get visuals going, but am learning as fast as I can. thanks for the compliments on my writing. I really appreciate them

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  2. 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.

    Robert Malloy

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    1. 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.

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  3. Browsing through a Poetry Ireland Review issue 47 1995 to re read a poem by my late brother Flann
    O’Connor I came across your poem
    My Grandmother knew Jesus .
    I still have a copy of ‘The Messenger ‘,
    salvaged from the empty family home.I am enthralled by your language which describes the sharp yet gentle reprimand from a Grandmother of our generation It’s wonderful and consoling !

    Phil walsh

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