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Irish season kicks off at Night Publishing
On St. Patrick's Day, Night Publishing unveils its Irish season of new writing and poetry.
By: Night Publishing
It does not focus on any particular genre of writing but it just so happens that several of its sixty signed authors come from Ireland, and particularly from Northern Ireland.
Gerry McCulloughs much-lauded 'Belfast Girls' explores love and life in the context of post-Troubles Northern Ireland as the dogma flows out and the glitz and the drugs flow in. Released in November 2010, it has been chosen as the Ulster Tatler's Book of the Month for March 2011 and has been discussed widely in the media.
Newly released is Dylan Morrison's 'The Prodigal Prophet', addressing the twinned topics of Northern Ireland and religion head-on. Dylan has been a member of many fringe evangelical Christian movements in the province and this memoir and critique of his experiences make for painful and insightful reading.
'Buying Time' by Janice Donnelly, to be released next week, is a big book that seeks to deliver the everyday experience of living in Belfast from the tarmac up, reminiscent of Dylan Thomas except in prose, and of James Joyce without the obscurity.
Gerry Murphy is probably better known in South Africa than in his native country as a high profile educational activist during the apartheid era. His 'Bless Me Father', released in South Africa today, is the haunting tale of a child brought up in a repressive family during and after the Second Word War trying to escape his background of brutality and pessimism.
Just being published now is Theodore Knell's 'From the corners of a wounded mind', an explanation of the lives, attitudes and motivations of serving soldiers, and which includes a section on his tour of Northern Ireland as part of the British Army during the Troubles. Theodore lives in Ireland today.
To come shortly is Northern Irish poet Colin T. Mercer's new collection of short stories and poems 'Tales and Verse of Ulaid', Ulaid being an ancient name for the northern counties of Ireland.
Another highly regarded poet, David Cooke, who has not published any work for over ten years, has returned triumphantly with his 'In the Distance', a collection of poems through which Ireland flows constantly, showing that even though the poet has never lived in Ireland, his roots there are deep.
Conversely, David Brett's scintillating 'All These Are Memories of My Voyage', drawing from the accumulated work of a lifetime, comes from an English writer who has long lived in Northern Ireland.
Finally, for now, the Night Irish season features the forthcoming work of Southern Irish writer and musician Robert Craven whose 'Get LENIN' focuses on a plot by Nazi Germany to seize the body of Russia's first revolutionary leader.
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