Joey Connolly’s first collection Long Pass, published by Carcanet earlier this year, explores the limits and joys of language with exuberance and panache. Many of the poems are strikingly self-aware; others swing between poignancy and irony. The epigraph, from John Ashberry’s Three Poems, is fitting, then. ‘Better the erratic approach, which wins all or at […]
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What Grandfather’s Secretly Want: In the Shadow of the Mines

These essays explore the attraction of mining as an occupation and its imacpt on the author's family through generations, and the industry's relationship to themes of memory, nostalgia and identity. The sections relate to each other well, the voice is accessible, authentic and balanced, and the research is very well handled.

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18


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