Friday, 17 September 2010

Poetry Launch

On the writing course at Ty Newydd in July, I had the pleasure of meeting Shirley McClure and getting to know her and some of her work. The grand finale of the week was a celebration on the Friday night, when everyone took centre stage (one at a time!) and read some of their poems to the group. The atmosphere was jubilant and everyone's work was fantastic, I particularly loved Shirley's poetry and engaging style of presenting. 
She's currently launching her first collection and my copy arrived from Ireland yesterday. Needless to say, I read it from cover to cover last night, and so did my daughter who found it hard to put down. Shirley's launching the book in various places at the moment, so if you get the chance to go along and hear her reading, grab it! And I strongly recommend the collection which you can get via her website.
Follow this link to read two of the poems from the book and one other for good measure!


  1. Thanks for the link, just loved the Mastectomy poem, lovely images of making tea with everything implied but nothing said, so perfect.
    much love martine

  2. you're welcome Martine - that is such a wonderful poem isn't it, so precise and understated, fragile, profound, delicate, poignant, powerful......a great advert for the rest of the collection!