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Snowfire

Authors: Noel Monahan

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781897648414

£7.50
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"Noel Monahan is from Granard, that strange Midland town which has wormed its way into the modern Irish consciousness. He has now moved as far as Cavan, like travelling from Lexington to Concord. He can read the old signs: afterbirth on the hedges; the white kiss of milk into the bucket. But he has to live in a different moral climate from 'the thistle-choking parish', though just as narrow. 'The three camels eat silage' now, and exiles throng the Christmas bars. It is a chill climate - 'white' is his favourite word, 'The Snowwoman' an unexpected Muse. But he has the energy to transform his region, opening Windows for himself and others, through publications and readings in 'an Ulstertown, in the South.' The ground that Kavanagh once ploughed is being slowly colonised; people like Noel Monahan are reclaiming the bog."
John Montague

Noel Monahan has won several awards for his work. In 2001 he won the prestigious SeaCat National Poetry Award, organised by Poetry Ireland. Also in 2001 he won the RTE, P.J. O'Connor Award, for his play, Broken Cups. In 2002 he won the ASTI Achievements Award for his contribution to literature at home and abroad. Other awards include The Allingham Poetry Award and The Kilkenny Prize for Poetry. Noel Monahan's work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, Books Ireland, Poetry Australia and many more outlets. His collections of poetry include Opposite Walls (Salmon 1991), Snowfire (Salmon 1995) and The Funeral Game (Salmon 2002) He is co-editor of Windows Publications and has published five Authors & Artists Introduction Series. His plays include Half A Vegetable, a dramatic presentation of Patrick Kavanagh's poetry, A Proverbial Wet Summer, and Feathers of Time. His poetry has been translated into Italian, Romanian and French and he has read his work at numerous summer schools and poetry festivals throughout Ireland. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies, most recently texts for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate English.
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