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An Unscheduled Life

Authors: Joseph Horgan

Published by Agenda Editions

ISBN: 9781908527073

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An Unscheduled Life is a gutsy, mesmerising collaboration between Patrick Kavanagh Award-winning poet Joseph Horgan and visual artist Brian Whelan. Both author and artist are second-generation Irish, and their efforts explore the experience of the Irish in Britain.

We are taken into a world of nightboats and mailboats, of Irish shiftworkers and their ‘invisible’ women making a living amidst warehouses, bricks, factories, terraces and backyards wreathed in tar smoke. The poems tackle the themes of displacement and colonisation, of longing, loss and love, with each accompanying pencil sketch linked to the first verse of the next poem.

Joseph Horgan was born in Birmingham of Irish immigrant parents, and has lived in Ireland since 1999. He has been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award for Irish Writing and received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 2004. He is the author of the poetry collection Slipping Letters Beneath the Sea (2008) and the prose work The Song at Your Backdoor (2010), serialised as an RTE ‘Book on One’. His work also features in the Dedalus anthology Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland (2010). Brian Whelan grew up in London, of a Dublin father and a Kilkenny mother. He trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and now lives in Norfolk.

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