Sunday, 28 September 2014

Her Father's Daughter – Nessa O'Mahony's third collection of poetry

Have you ever been to a book launch? They are nearly always free to go to, there will often be wine and always good company. Usually someone will introduce the writer or writers and then they'll read a little from the book and talk about the work. They often take place in very interesting buildings too.Why not pop a long and maybe you'll make a habit of it. 

Buy the book too, if you have the cash, won't you? You don't have to but it does keep the publishers in business and the writers in ...pencils.

Acclaimed American poet Tess Gallagher will launch Her Father’s Daughter, Nessa O’Mahony’s third collection of poems, published by Salmon Poetry.

When: Monday 29th September 6.30 All welcome
Where:Irish Writers Centre

In this new collection, Nessa explores the nature of the bonds between fathers and daughters, ties that are eternal and that cannot be dissolved by time, distance or loss. She makes that exploration through poems that combine the autobiographical with the historical as she explores poetically two very contrasting father-daughter relationships from two very contrasting periods of Irish history.

Nessa’s grandfather, Michael McCann, was a quintessential Irish nationalist of the early part of the twentieth century. He fought for the British in World War I, then fought against the British in the Irish War of Independence and finally fought his fellow countrymen in an Irish Civil War. In this collection, Nessa presents a parallel sequences of poems, one relating to her relationship with her own father, whose decline and death she charts with painful honesty, the second exploring the life of her grandfather, a more mysterious figure whose story slowly emerges through her mother's memories, and her own research. The result is a meditation on love and losing and on what is retained through narrative and memory.

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