With Maureen Boyle and Moyra Donaldson.

Poet Maureen Boyle’s new book The Last Spring of the World, commemorates the 450th anniversary of the birth of poet John Donne, partly in the voice of Donne’s wife Ann More.

This collection radiates beauty, honesty, and an authentic poetic voice that seems to overturn everything ugly in human experience. Tender portraits of family roots accompany a kaleidoscopic Strabane and touch on the anxiety of growing up in fraught political times.

Maureen has won the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize and Travel Bursary, the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the Fish Short Memoir Prize.

Moyra Donaldson's poems in Bone House centre around the powerful and sometimes troubled relations between mothers and daughters. They bring historical, contemporary personal and psychological perspectives to the subject, creating a contemporary narrative. They traverse themes of loss, duty, grief and joy, as well as exploring psychoanalytical accounts of motherhood. There is fire, hail and a streak of white lightning running through these extraordinary poems.

Bone House kept me awake at night. One of the finest collections I have read in a long time.’ – Annemarie Ní Churreáin, author of Bloodroot (Doire Press)

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has consistently recognised Moyra’s contribution to the Northern canon, most recently with their prestigious Major Individual Artist Award 2019.

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