Wednesday 20 September, 7pm
North Down Museum
‘Peter Fallon’s poetry confirms Keats’s notion that an intelligence becomes a soul through being schooled in a world of pains and troubles. His poems are soul music of this sort, yet they also belong to a particular place and a particular speech: his way of saying has become a way of seeing, eye to eye with griefs and crises he is emotionally well able for. I admire his singular combination of gravity, obliquity, and tenderness.’ Seamus Heaney
We’re delighted to welcome consummate man of letters Peter Fallon to Aspects this year. Peter founded The Gallery Press in 1970, since when it has been responsible for the publication of hundreds of Irish titles. Editor, translator and anthologist, Fallon was also co-editor with Derek Mahon of The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (1990). His own selected poems News of the World was published in 1993, followed by an expanded edition News of the World: Selected and New Poems in 1998. His critically acclaimed translation of The Georgics of Virgil – described by one Amazon reviewer as ‘earthy, colourful, rhythmical...[and a] sheer delight’ - and a dramatization of Patrick Kavanagh’s novel Tarry Flynn were published in 2004. His two most recent collections are The Company of Horses (2007) and Strong, My Love (2014). Richard Rankin Russell edited a celebration of Peter Fallon’s immense contribution to Irish literature Peter Fallon. Poet, Publisher, Editor and Translator, which was published in 2013.
‘He is generally recognised as the foremost Irish publisher of poetry; what this book [Strong, My Love] establishes – or reminds us – is that he is also one of the foremost practitioners.’ Bernard O’Donoghue