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Poetry from a professor

Thursday, 6th February, 2014 12:00am

A debut collection of poetry from a UCC professor is being launched at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival on the 12 - 15 February.

Professor of English at University College Cork, Graham Allen, will launch his debut collection of poetry entitled "The one who got away," after a poem which won him the Listowel Single Poetry Prize in 2010.

The collection of poems, published by New Binary Press, were also shortlisted for the Crashaw Prize in 2012.

Graham, who has published a number of academic texts, has been at UCC since 1995.

Guest readers for the event will include three of Cork's most celebrated contemporary writers, Gerry Murphy, Billy Ramsell and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.

New Binary Press is a Cork-based publishing house. Founding Editor, James O'Sullivan, is delighted to be publishing Graham's eagerly-awaited first collection. “This is a collection by an adopted Corkonian for a city that has endured a lot over the last few years. It's a collection that voices the concerns of ordinary people.

"It's powerful, and it's political, but it's subtle and enjoyable -like poetry should be.”

James is encouraging people to come along for the launch, regardless of their literary interests: “Our four readers are among the best that Cork has to offer. They're all at the top of their field, so a chance to witness them all together at the one event is really not to be missed. But they're also really nice people, who write to a wide audience. People shouldn't be afraid of poetry, and if they come along to this event, they will see why.”The One That Got Away will be launched in Cork City Library, Thursday, Feb 13 at 2pm. Admission is free.

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