Savage Solitude

By Maighréad Medbh


Poet Máighréad Medbh explores, through prose aphorism and poetry, the subject of how to be alone.

Subtitled ‘Reflections of a Reluctant Loner’, Savage Solitude is a unique and thought-provoking book, taking the reader on a journey through the immediate experience of being alone.

Drawing on quotations from a wide range of poets, philosophers, writers and scientists, the conversation of the book moves in a kind of rolling wave that is simultaneously story and analysis, report and ongoing investigation.

Intimate, empathetic, dramatic, this multi-voiced work is a study by immersion, a living experience conducted through the medium of text, and all the while pushing towards an answer to the question (more pressing than ever in our hi-tech age) of how to be alone.

“Savage Solitude is a compelling exploration of self, an unusual combination of literary art forms that achieve a well-rounded discussion of a perennial subject. Medbh’s voices are skillful perspectives that help round out the existential side of solitude and the solitary.”
— Meng-hu,

Máighréad Medbh discusses Savage Solitude with Sean Rocks, Arena, RTÉ Radio 1 here.

ISBN 978 1 906614 63 8 Paperback
290 pp, 140 x 216 mm
March 2013

Weight.4 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

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