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'Echo' by Thomas Kinsella
He cleared the thorns
from the broken gate,
and held her hand
through the heart of the wood
to the holy well.

They revealed their names
and told their tales
as they said that they would
on that distant day
when their love began.

And hand in hand
they turned to leave.
When she stopped and whispered
a final secret
down to the water. 

From Late Poems by Thomas Kinsella, available to buy here with free UK P&P from

Late Poems
By Thomas Kinsella 
This book collects the poems of Thomas Kinsella from his five most recent Peppercanister pamphlets. As he has throughout his writing, here Kinsella sets himself, clear-eyed, to face hard truths: 'the waste and the excess' of the living process; ageing and emptiness; the cancer of war. But against these are the creatively redeeming impulses - of the search for understanding: 'an imagination arguing with itself / until the ache is eased'; above all, of 'Grace as desire... Joy of the flesh / Saying all it can of love.'

With unique memorability and force these poems, in the words of 'Belief and Unbelief', coax us to follow their author in search of understanding 'back to the dark / and the depths that I came from'. No one who cares about poetry should hesitate to embark on the journey. - The Guardian

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Thomas Kinsella
Kinsella is by now the most formidable presence in Irish poetry. - Seamus Deane, A Short History of Irish Literature

Thomas Kinsella was born in Dublin in 1928. He attended University College, Dublin, entering the Civil Service, before becoming a full-time writer and teacher in the United States. He is the author of over thirty collections of poetry, and has translated extensively from the Irish, notably the great epic The Tain. He was a director of the Dolmen Press and Cuala Press, Dublin, and in 1972 founded Peppercanister Press for the publication of sequencs and long occasional poems. The editor of The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse and of Austin Clarke's Selected Poems and Collected Poems, Thomas Kisnella is also the author of The Dual Tradition (Carcanet), a critical essay on poetry and politics in Ireland. His awards and honours include Guggenheim Fellowships, the Denis Devlin Memorial Award, the Irish Arts Council Triennial Book Award and honorary doctorates from the University of Turin and the National University of Ireland. In 2007 Thomas Kinsella was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin.

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John Clare Calendar to celebrate 150th anniversary

The wonderful John Clare Trust at Clare Cottage have published an exquisite calendar to celebrate 150 years since John Clare died in May 1864, in Northampton. In recognition of this year the John Clare Trust have produced a limited edition, large format (A3), calendar.

The images in the calendar were created by the Northamptonshire artist Peter Newcombe and were inspired by the works of John Clare in The Shepherds Calendar. The calendar costs �20 plus �3 postage and packing in the UK.

Carcanet publish several of John Clare's poetry collections, including an illustrated edition of the Shepherd's Calendar with prints by Carrie Ackroyd. We also recently published David Morley's collection The Gypsy and the Poet which explores the strange true-life encounter between John Clare and the Gypsy Wisdom Smith. All available from the Carcanet website with 10% discount and free UK P&P.

Click here for further details about the John Clare 2014 Calendar or contact Clare Cottage on 01733 253330.

New Caroline Bird Play at the Lyric


This year a company of writers, actors, dramaturgs, directors and designers are working at the Lyric Hammersmith on a special season of provocative new shows. Included in this company is Carcanet author Caroline Bird whose published collections of poetry include Looking Through Letterboxes, Trouble Came to the Turnip and The Hat-Stand Union. Bird, who was shortlisted in 2008 for the Dylan Thomas prize for young writers, will debut a new play as part of the Secret Theatre season which she has written specifically for the actors involved. Although the specifics of the production remain shrouded in mystery, Caroline's work for the company promises to be a must-see event. Come along for an evening of suprise drama by a fine young Carcanet poet.

Click here to buy tickets for the Secret Theatre from the Lyric website. Ticket holders will also get a special discount on Caroline's books on the night.

Also Coming Up Soon
Monday 21st October:

An Autumn Harvest Cornucopia from 8pm at the Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5. Featuring Carcanet poet Alison Brackenbury, alongside Hannah Lowe, fiona moore, robert peake, hilda sheehan and many more. Join us for a seasonal reading, as the leaves start to crispen and the nights draw in. Tickets cost �8 / �7 concessions. 
Alison Brackenbury lives in Gloucestershire and has published 9 collections of poetry. The latest is Then, which was published by Carcanet this year.

Click here for the full tour programme. You can also follow the T.S.Eliot tour blog here

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shane kirrane @shanekirrane



@Carcanet I love my Kinsella collection, if there are any signed copies let me know.





07:41 PM - 15 Oct 13



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