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literati convened in Oxford's tiny Half Moon pub on Saturday May
17 for the launch of Bernard O'Donoghue's latest poetry collection.
O'Donoghue is a Fellow in English at Wadham College and a noted
Tom Paulin gave a reading from John Clare.
is his fifth collection, following on from Here nor There (1999)
and Gunpowder (1995), which won the Whitbread Prize for poetry.
his poems, he deals with the themes of displacement and imagined
lived in England since the age of 16, his poetry refers to the Ireland
of the past and of the mind, and its increasing unfamiliarity.
poems are detailed and precise, like concentrated short stories,
with an elegiac quality.
Mac Lua, founder of the London-based newspaper The Irish Post, gave
commended the collection of poems for eschewing nostalgia and pointing
out that the Irish throughout western Europe can fly home cheaply,
sometimes arriving more quickly than if battling with the snarling
traffic within Ireland.
likened the collection to a small Irish fishing boat: 'and it is
a great honour to launch this currach'.
then read from the collection, citing Oxford Irishman Michael Henry
as a particular inspiration and dedicatee of many of the poems.
Wells, an award-winning fiddler, provided the music.
Mule Duignan', the tale of a navvy remembering his bitter and poverty-stricken
childhood, was especially moving.
friend and colleague Tom Paulin for his ability to write political
poems, O'Donoghue contributed one inspired by a photograph of a
dead teenage Taliban fighter.
Paulin followed, reading from John Clare, and a translation of a
was led by 14-year-old award-winning fiddler Jacob Wells who played
The May Morning Dew.
Henry, a noted traditional singer, contributed several ballads and
to the delight of the audience, O'Donoghue himself sang unaccompanied
Common Working Man.
Outliving is published by Chatto & Windus.