Crossing the Sound to be launched in Westport

Gerald Dawe and Padraic Reaney will launch their new book Crossing the Sound in the Creel Café in Westport on Wednesday, June 13, at 8pm.

Crossing the Sound is a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Padraic Reaney. They met back in the mid 1970s in Galway where Dawe had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was; he would eventually settle in Galway and spend the next 20 years there before moving to Dublin in 1992.

Explaining the collaboration Gerald Dawe said: "On a return to Galway as a visiting fellow at The Moore Institute (NUIG ) the early years returned to me along with some new poems.

"During several conversations with Padraic we decided to collect a representative sample of the poems I had written out of the west - Galway, but also Mayo - and include alongside these 30 poems, a series of images which Padraic had been working on from his various and long-established fascination with the smaller islands of the western seaboard, including Inishark."

All profits from the sales of Crossing the Sound will be donated to Mayo-based cancer Charity, Pink Ribbon.

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