Regarded by many as the great poet of contemporary Ireland, Paul Durcan is on top form in his latest collection, Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have my Being, as he contemplates the fall of the Celtic Tiger, while railing against bankers and 'bonus boys'.
There are poems of love lost and won, and in memory of friends and relatives who have passed on, but there is also joy in the birth of a grandson, and praise, too, for the modest heroism of truckers, air traffic controllers and nurses.
Durcan is an electrifying reader of his work – this is an event not to be missed.
“One of the few genuinely popular poets of recent decades, a vital presence in Irish culture even if not its most illustrious name, Durcan is a charismatic performer whose voice, once heard, haunts the printed pages of his books. If there were a prize for the best reader of one's own poems, he would probably win it hands down.” - The Guardian
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