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Falling into Monaghan

Falling into Monaghan

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Falling into Monaghan is a study of the poet's 'settlement in the west' - in South Ulster on the border territory near the Slieve Beagh mountains. It deals with the consciousness of a kind of desolation that is sometimes bitter, often vigorous, frequently comic. Filtered through this, uniquely, are commentaries on Gerry Hull's London Irish/Italian background.

"you know these people... there's a kindness there that comes through the study"
John Montague

"this is valuable work"
James Simmons

"this will delight - and frighten a lot of people"
Noel Monahan

Gerald Hull comes from a 'mixed generation' Irish-American family in London and has lived in Ireland for over twenty years, settling in Fivemiletown in Tyrone. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Wales and in recent years has been associated with the Pushkin Prize, Oliver Goldsmith and William Carleton International Summer Schools. He is poetry editor for The Spark Review in Fermanagh and Northern Correspondent for Windows and First Edition. Gerry Hull has read throughout Ireland and gained bursaries from Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. He is widely published and, fitting for one whose poetry is fixated on the border counties, was guest editor for the acclaimed South-West edition of The Honest Ulsterman. This is his first sull collection.