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17 Nov 2017 (18:30)


Dedalus Press is proud to launch debut poetry collections from Elaine Cosgrove with 'Transmissions', and Erin Fornoff with 'Hymn to the Reckless', upstairs at the Roisin Dubh from 6.30pm on Friday 17th November.

At Dedalus Press, as well as publishing books by some of the best-known names in Irish poetry, we've long dedicated ourselves to working with the rising generation of writers, many of whom are equally as comfortable on the stage as on the page.

We're particularly pleased now to be issuing the debut collections of two of the most admired of the younger poets now publishing and performing across the country. Erin Fornoff and Elaine Cosgrove very much have their own distinctive voices, but what they share is a passion, an urgency and a belief in the power of the word, spoken and written, that promises much for their respective futures.

Dr. Sean Ryder, Established Professor of English at NUI, Galway will launch Elaine's collection, and Poet and Teacher Elaine Feeney will launch Erin's collection.

ELAINE COSGROVE was born in Sligo in 1985. Her poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Bohemyth and by New Binary Press among others. Her work was selected for the anthology Best New British & Irish Poets (Eyewear Publishing, 2017), and was longlisted for the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize. Elaine lives in Galway.

A restless, probing imagination and a music lover’s ear are among the elements that drive the poems in Sligo-born Elaine Cosgrove’s much anticipated debut collection TRANSMISSIONS, in which the poet’s wide range of interests are matched only by the startling variety of her approaches. These are energetic, youthful poems, poems alive with fresh vision and compelling rhythm. But her achievements never descend to mere novelty, and these protean, determinedly awake poems are always wholly engaging, accurate and true.

“The poems in Transmissions are swift and agile and gleefully accomplished. They will leave you dazed in a grateful way.” — Colin Barrett, Author of Young Skins

“A true apprentice to the vast tradition that has gone before, yet strikingly original, her craft is sharp and these brilliant poems are offered generously to strangers ‘stuck for conversation’. Cosgrove is one of the most important rising voices in Irish Poetry today.” — Elaine Feeney, Author of Rise

ERIN FORNOFF hails from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Based in Dublin, she has performed her poetry at dozens of festivals and events across Ireland, the US, and the UK including Glastonbury, and a national Irish tour with viral poet Hollie McNish. Her poem “To Make Things’ was commissioned by RTE for national broadcast and performance at Dublin Castle. She won StAnza's Digital Slam, was a part of the 2014 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, and received an Arts Council Literature bursary. Hymn to the Reckless featured on posters and curriculum around Ireland for National Poetry Day. In 2014 she received an M. Phil in Creative Writing with Distinction from Trinity College Dublin.

HYMN TO THE RECKLESS, the debut collection of poems by American-born Erin Fornoff, traces an arc from youthful adventures in the Appalachian Mountains to a confrontation with life’s complexities, not least in the radically transformed America of recent times.

Moving between that America and her present ‘Home from Home’ in Ireland, Fornoff finds a kind of consolation in community, while struggling to bridge the ever-widening gap between what is and what should be, between the world she left and the one that threatens to replace it.

She finds a peace in the natural world and rejoices in those moments of ecstatic recklessness that remind us to be present, no matter the shape of the world we’re in.

“Of all the poetry I read, it is lines and images carved by this brilliant woman that stay with me and that I find myself quoting to friends whenever I’m allowed to talk poetry!” — Hollie McNish

“Erin’s poems are each a blast of sensory magic conjuring intoxicating images of lost American summers of youth and memory; there’s sadness here for life and loss and poems of Ireland filled with love of friends … She makes the quotidian spellbinding and mesmerising in equal measure.” — Emmet Kirwan

DEDALUS PRESS is funded by Arts Council of Ireland.


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