BOOKS: LOOKING THROUGH YOU BY GERALD DAWE

POETRY - the famous five - Ben Keatinge, Michael Longley, Lucy Collins, Bernard O'Donohue and Gerard Dawe.

Gerald Dawe, right, with fellow writers and poets (from left) Ben Keatinge, Michael Longley, Professors Bernard O’Donoghue and Lucy Collins at the Clifden Arts Festival in the Station House Hotel, Connemara. Picture by Bill Heaney 

Looking Through You: Northern Chronicles, the sequel to renowned Belfast poet and author Gerald Dawe’s critically acclaimed In Another World: Van Morrison & Belfast, is the evocative record of the musical, literary and artistic influences that inspired and forged Dawe’s awakening as a poet, and his career in Irish literature.

dawepicTaking its bearings from Belfast in the 1960s, The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album and the energising shock of reading the great American poets Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath, Dawe’s engagingly lyrical style has produced an evocative and memorable record of the music, poetry and culture of growing up in the northern capital.

Featuring the stunning photography of Euan Gébler, this literary memoir is a must-have for fans of Dawe’s work, a superb introduction to his world for new readers, and, in his own words,  may help ‘renew Belfast and the ordinary life and lives of the city, and allow its people to overcome as best they can the seemingly irreconcilable and unsolvable conflicts of the past’.

Picture at top: Clifden Bookshop owners Maire O’Halloran and Nicole Shanahan with the poet Paul Durcan in Clifden for the Arts Festival. Picture by Bill Heaney

Merrion Press received financial assistance from The Arts Council for this publication.

Hardback • €16.95 | £14.99 •  128 pages •  205 x 130 mm • 9781785372810

  • Gerald Dawe is a former Professor of English and Fellow Emeritus Trinity College. He has published ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, including The Wrong Country: Essays on Modern Irish Writing, The Sound of the Shuttle: Essays on Cultural Belonging & Protestantism in Northern Ireland, and In Another World: Van Morrison & Belfast, which is out now in paperback. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature. He lives in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.

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