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  • Paperback. Signed by the Author.

    Kennys Bookshop had the privilege of welcoming Dani Gill to read from her debut poetry collection 'After Love'.

    About the Book

    Every person is like a piece of gold. If you were a gold ring, a gold watch, a gold chain, you could say "I am a ring, a watch, a chain", but these are temporary shapes. In truth, you are just gold – that is your essence, no matter how the shape changes.

    After Love explores identity, change and recovery after the end of a long-term relationship.

    Breaking waves, scattered buttons, disillusionment, enlightenment. I just gobbled it up... a really special book.
    Sara Baume

    Dani Gill's poems are like suitcases to be unpacked, word by word, until there is nothing left but the feeling of a feeling. A lasting debut. - Simon Van Booy

    Delicate and yet powerful poems, a paused and poignant poetry collection, not daring to gloss over or skim the suffering and pain that the time After Love can bring. Mermaids, floating the the sea bring calm when you least expect it, water a cleansing motif throughout. Essential love poems. - Elaine Feeney

    About Dani Gill

    Dani Gill is a writer, curator, and creative writing tutor, based in the west of Ireland. She has been included in the Irish women’s poetry anthology Washing Windows (Arlen House, 2016), and publications such as Prelude (New York), and Freckle (Northern Ireland). From 2010-2016 she was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway. Dani now works as a freelance curator and creative writing tutor for young people and adults. After Love is her first collection.

     

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  • Paperback. Moya Cannon's new collection reaches back into the long past, showing how traces left behind - textile fragments, buried thimbles, cave paintings - enable us to make imaginative connections with our distant ancestors, emphasising the commonalities of human lives lived many centuries apart. Num Pages: 72 pages. BIC Classification: DCF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 218 x 136 x 13. Weight in Grams: 96.

    We had the great pleasure of welcoming poet Moya Cannon back to Kennys Bookshop to read from her most recent collection 'Keats Lives'.

    Keats Lives is Moya Cannon’s fifth collection of poems. Characteristically rich in the moods and rhythms of the poet’s western Irish homeland, it is also drawn farther afield, towards contemplation of the disasters of previous centuries, their ‘many victories, many collars, little grace’. ‘What shift of bedrock, what metamorphosis,’ asks the poet, ‘might heal such wounded, wounding ground?’ An answer is sought in the conversation – the conversion – between politics and ecology: precise, shell-like meditations on the natural world – snow drops and almond blossom, nights of summer thunder – are described with the same humane, delicate energy as warzones and prison camps. Between these extremes, and balanced by them, Homer and Achilles, Shakespeare and Cromwell, ‘cattle-herders, butter-makers, singers, dancers’ live out their ‘sliver of the earth’s time’ by the same equalizing measure of mountains and forests, ‘the gold-struck, mercury sea’. The collection unifies these pasts in the symbolic curia of the museum and library, from where so many of Cannon’s poems take wing, pursuing objects beyond their material presence into their haunted pasts, objects that, to paraphrase the collection’s closing poem, ‘we have often seen before but have never heard’.

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  • Paperback, signed by the Author while stocks last!

    Kennys were delighted to welcome poet Adam White to Kennys Bookshop on the occasion of the release of his second collection 'What Else Is There?'.

    Once a carpenter, today a poet and a teacher, Adam White's poems explore the themes of building and construction, as well as migration and his own overseas experiences.

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  • Paperback. Signed by the author.

    In a vivid, warm and amusing reading poet Pete Mullineaux tells us 'How to Bake a Planet' at Kennys Bookshop.

    PETE MULLINEAUX

    From the Garden of Eden to the pavement of romance, outer space to bubble wrap, endangered species to climate change, Pete Mullineaux’s vivid and wide-ranging fourth collection explores personal-societal themes of loneliness, isolation, connection and dislocation; our ambivalent relationship with the natural world; ecological and environmental concerns; our confusions regarding science and religion; the elusive element of time. Philosophical, inventive, playful and fanciful at times, but always accessible and earthed by reality.

    ‘Mullineaux “bends an ear towards the earth” and creates a beautiful and whimsical music that tracks the connections and disconnects in our relationships with each other and with our planet. A wandering minstrel who captures the atmosphere of bus rides, cafés, city streets and scrapyards in tones that recall the poems of Roger McGough or the songs of Pete Seeger. He takes us into art galleries and walks us around music festivals, responding to all he sees and hears with imagination and kindness.’ - Catherine Ann Cullen

    ‘Poignant love poems and family poems, poems inspired by art, music & the business of living and, perhaps most significant of all, poems arising out of compassion for those who “wear the uniform of poverty” or cannot speak for themselves – these are the ingredients of Pete Mullineaux’s intriguingly titled How to Bake a Planet, a book that voices many of the anxieties of contemporary life and, in the venerable tradition of the protest song, to considerable effect wears its political heart on its sleeve.’ - Pat Boran

    ‘One of the warmest poets rocking around this little island of ours.’
    Alvy Carragher, Headstuff.org

    Author Biography

    Pete Mullineaux grew up in the UK but since 1991 has lived in Galway Ireland where he teaches development education through creative writing and drama. His work has been featured on RTE’s Arena and published in numerous international journals and anthologies. His three previous collections are: Zen Traffic Lights (Lapwing, 2005) A Father’s Day (Salmon, 2008) & Session (Salmon, 2011). He has also written for the stage and RTE radio and published several educational resources most recently Just a Second! Exploring Global Issues through Drama & Theatre (Afri 2015).

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  • Signed by the Author while stocks last... Paperback, first edition.

    In 'The Apocalypse Came on a Friday' Little John Nee, one of the treasures of Irish Theatre, reveals himself as a haiku poet of charm, courage and conviction.  Entirely in tune with this venerable tradition of the illuminating moment, he nevertheless remains his own man, his wit and a welcome punky attitude only adding to the sense of a very fine poet coming into his stride - and perhaps at any moment about to break into dance or song.  PAT BORAN, poet editor and broadcaster.

    Little John Nee is a writer, performer and musician based in the west of Ireland.  His theatre and radio shows have received critical acclaim internationally.

  • Paperback.

  • An Urgency of Stars

  • Paperback. Signed by the Author

  • Paperback. Signed by the Author

  • First edition Paperback. Signed by the Editor and multiple contributors.

    Salmon Poetry's celebratory anthology, highlighting its list of Irish, American, British and European poets, all of whom represent the vibrancy of contemporary literature - distinct in style, voice, and geography.

    "Salmon's unique profile grows from the diversity of the work it publishes.. most notably, Salmon is distinguished by the number of women on its list."-Irish Literary Supplement.

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