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A New Ulster

I’m pleased to say we have reached twenty issues and the standard of work continues to impress. When I left university in 2012 the number of online or hardcopy literary outlets in Northern Ireland were quite small when compared to … Continue reading

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John Hewitt birthday poem

Here’s the birthday poem I was working on for John Hewitt when I broke my arm. One island so many diversities,Divided pasts and shared futuresOur hopes, dreams and fearsAre the same, silence our greatest enemy. You saw the truth, who … Continue reading

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Poets who inspire me: Sappho

My last poet for today is Sappho from the island of Lesbos born sometime in 612BCE she was forced to flee for a time after a tyrant called Pittacus came to power, Sappho wrote many political poems as well as … Continue reading

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Poets who inspire: Roger McGough

The next poet who has inspired me over the years is Roger McGough I was actually exposed to his poetry through the Honest Ulsterman originally as well as my fathers very battered first edition of on of Roger’s collections. He … Continue reading

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Poets who inspire: Gillian Prew

The first of today’s poets is Gillian Prew I’ve read several of her poems and had the pleasure of publishing some in A New Ulster I recently finished her most recent collection Throat Full of Glass available here; https://sites.google.com/a/lapwingpublications.com/lapwing-store/gillian-prew Gillian has had … Continue reading

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Poets who inspire me: Alfred Lord Tennyson

The final poet for me is Alfred Lord Tennyson, probably one of my personal favourites I find myself drawn to his work on a regular basis to such an extent I had to buy a digital copy of most of … Continue reading

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Poets who inspire me; David McLean

The second of today’s poets is David McLean here is a poet who summons the abyssal gaze of nihilistic existence into the very folds of each page. He explores the dark edges of humanity and the prospects of entropy his work … Continue reading

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