SALMON POETRY: Launch of Vacant Possession by Anne Fitzgerald and After the Fall by Brian Kirk
Thursday 9 November
6.30 – 8.30 pm | All welcome
Salmon Poetry invites you to an evening at the Irish Writers Centre for the twin launch of Vacant Possession and After the Fall, two new collections of poetry by Anne Fitzgerald and Brian Kirk respectively.
Vacant Possession by Anne Fitzgerald
Anne Fitzgerald was raised in Sandycove, County Dublin. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poetry collections are Swimming Lessons (Wales, Stonebridge, 2001), The Map of Everything (Dublin, Forty Foot, 2006) and Beyond the Sea (Co. Clare, Salmon Poetry, 2012).
In 2006 Anne founded Forty Foot Press, in addition to two School Publishing Houses, Monkstown Educate Together Press (MET Press, 2003) and Loreto Abbey Dalkey Press (LAD Press, 2004). She is a recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Writer-in-Residence bursary at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. She teaches Creative Writing in Ireland and North America. Anne lives in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin.
Praise for Anne Fitzgerald;
‘Is there a poet writing in Ireland who feels so profoundly and knows more surely love's obsessions, its piercing chronicles,
its succour and sorrows than Anne Fitzgerald? The poems in Vacant Possession char the page, leaving their imprint, imperishable, unique.’
Frank Mc Guinness
‘Raw, poignant, wrenching, and deeply courageous, this beautiful collection of poetry took my breath away. Each poem is a gift, wrapped in luminous, lyrical verse. Standing firmly in her own truth, Fitzgerald takes us on a tour de force of the human condition, the search for self, and Ireland’s shameful treatment of the unmarried mother and her child. As an adoptee, I wept many times as I read this stunning collection, but it is the universality of these devastating poems that grants them their power. Fearless, Fitzgerald takes us on a journey of love, loss, death, abandonment and grief. Despite the inherent pain in these poems, she never surrenders to self-pity. With near-invisible artistry, Fitzgerald weaves agonizing loss into redemptive power and ensures that love breathes on every page.’
Caitriona Palmer, Author of An Affair with my Mother (Penguin, 2016)