New Collected Poems by Derek Mahon

New Collected Poems Derek Mahon The Gallery Press, paperback, 391pp. ISBN 978 1 85235 512 8 Edward Randell Born a Belfast Protestant and living in Co. Cork, Derek Mahon writes poems that are at once decidedly Irish and decidedly Other, exploring rootlessness and exile with sardonic pessimism. His New Collected Poems coincides with his 70th birthday year, and follows Gallery’s 1999 Collected Poems. Adding an … Continue reading New Collected Poems by Derek Mahon

The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna

The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna Faber & Faber; Paperback; Price: £12.99; 309 pages; ISBN 978 0 571 24517 8 Edward Randell Joanna Kavenna’s second novel (after Inglorious, which won the Orange Award for New Writers) tells four loosely connected stories on the theme of childbirth and motherhood. Set centuries apart, in an array of styles and even of fonts, they collectively affirm the … Continue reading The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna