The Stinging Fly
"Breda Sullivan's third collection of poetry is a testament to the continued grace she exercises over subject matter of the most difficult nature. Her poems resonate with an unnerving elegance and honesty and her voice is a trustworthy and intimate one. She writes about family and loss with ceremonial care. Her language is lucid, her images stark and striking. Indeed, her poems explore the life of the heart with an unflinching integrity. Sculpture in Black Ice is a tremendous collection of lyrical bravery and beauty."
"Breda Sullivan writes from the heart. She writes poetry which is both well-crafted and accessible. Like Patrick Kavanagh, she is a poet of the people. She elevates the mundane by exploring the rich and varied threads of domestic living but she also indulges herself and takes us on flights of fantasy and imagination."
Breda Sullivan was born in Athlone and now lives in Streete, Co. Westmeath where, before retirement, she taught at the local primary school. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three. Her poetry has been translated into French. She has poetry included in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volumes IV and V. To date she holds twenty-two awards for poetry including the National Women's Poetry Competition, Boyle Arts Festival, Hopkins, and KISS. Her two previous collections of poetry, The Smell of Camphor (1993) and After the Ball (1998), were also published by Salmon.