New book anthologises working people's poetry

Collection is edited by Galway academic, Dr Jenny Farrell

THE CHILDREN Of The Nation: An Anthology of Working People’s Poetry from Contemporary Ireland, edited by Galway academic, Dr Jenny Farrell, will be officially launched this weekend.

The anthology contains poetry in English and as Gaeilge by Irish working-class writers, male and female, from the 32 counties of Ireland. There are 67 contributors, including both emerging and established writers. The common focus is on themes which reflect the preoccupations of working-class life in contemporary Ireland.

The anthology is edited by Jenny Farrell, of the Department of Languages & Humanities, GMIT. It is published by Culture Matters, a website and publishing co-operative which takes a progressive and socialist approach to the arts and culture generally. The book is also supported by the Irish Trade Union movement.

The Children Of The Nation will be launched by Fr Peter McVerry in Connolly Books, Temple Bar, Dublin, this Saturday at 3pm. The book is also available in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

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