Brian Leyden will launch Monica Corish's new collection of poetry, A Dying Language, at The Reading Room, Carrick on Shannon, on Friday, October 21 at 6:15 pm. The collection is published by the Irish Hospice Foundation, and 50% of profits from book sales will go to the Northwest Hospice. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
Monica Corish was the 2014-15 SPARK writer in residence at the Leitrim Observer.
Poems from her new collection have won the North West Words Poetry Prize, been commended for the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and been published widely, including in Poetry Ireland and The Stinging Fly. The book is available online from www.monicacorish.ie, and from Barnes & Noble and Amazon; also from The Reading Room, Carrick on Shannon; Liber Books, Sligo; A Novel Idea, Ballyshannon; and The Winding Stair, Dublin.
Roscommon poet Jane Clarke wrote: "This striking collection puts words on what can seem unsayable and, while contemplating suffering and loss, it ultimately celebrates commitment and love." And Vincent Woods has said of the collection: “I imagine there isn’t a family in Ireland that hasn’t experienced something of what Monica Corish captures so acutely in these poems… This poetry of grief is also a kind of love poetry. These poems are a blessing of sorts – making a living language, striking a flame of light out of shadow and sorrow.”
On Saturday, October 22, Brian Leyden and Monica Corish will also participate in a panel discussion hosted by Words Ireland, alongside Michael Harding and Gerry Boland. The event will take place in Ballinamore Library from 2 to 4 p.m. This event, the first in a series of nationwide public meetings, is aimed at writers who earn or aspire to earn some or all of their income from writing. The event is free, but participants must register in advance through www.eventbrite.ie
"A Dying Language", published by the Irish Hospice Foundation, is available online from www.monicacorish.ie, and from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Also from Liber Books, Sligo, The Reading Room, Carrick on Shannon, A Novel Idea, Ballyshannon, The Winding Stair, Dublin, and Dingle Bookshop.
"This poetry of grief is also a kind of love poetry. These poems are a blessing of sorts – making a living language, striking a flame of light out of shadow and sorrow." – Vincent Woods