By Eleanor Hooker

The Shadow Owner’s Companion

Debut collection of poems by Co. Tipperary based poet


Eleanor Hooker’s debut collection of poems is a rich and sometimes unsettling book, full of warm presences, but also open to an otherness, at best glimpsed or half-heard but nonetheless reall. If childhood might be called a persistent whispering on the other side of the door, the poems in this collection attempt to hear that voice, mapping out the landscape between the interior childhood world of terror and wonder and the exterior adult world of surreal reflections.

“The achievements are certainly not orphans in this book; it is teeming with both major and minor poems of really notable excellence and quirky intelligence. […] Hooker has a brilliantly nurtured and culturally stretched imagination. The Shadow Owner’s Companion is a wonderful collection of poems, bringing both learned and elemental evidence to the printed page for the first time. This is very special work indeed.”
—Thomas McCarthy, Poetry Ireland Review

“Eleanor Hooker’s debut collection, The Shadow Owner’s Companion, is haunted by childhood memories, and by the fears unleashed by imagination itself. Its poems grapple with the intensity of this material and with its revelatory potential.”
— Lucy Collins, The Stinging Fly

ISBN 9781906614546 Paperback
140 x 216 mm / 5.5″ x 8.5″
70 pp
Feb 2012

Additional information

Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614546
  • Size: : 140 x 216 mm
  • Pages: : 70 pp
  • Published: : 2012

About The Author


Eleanor Hooker was born in Tipperary in 1963. She lived in the UK for many years before returning to live in Tipperary. Her first collection, The Shadow Owner’s Companion (2012), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for best first collection. She has won the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, the Irish Writers Centre’s Francis X Buckley Flash Fiction competition, awarded 2nd place WOW! Poetry Prize, joint 2nd Prize in the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition. Her poems have been listed for the Troubadour Poetry Prize (UK), Pushcart Prize (USA), Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Listowel Original Short Poem. Her poetry has been published in journals including: Poetry Ireland Review, POETRY (Chicago) Agenda, The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, The Moth, POEM, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. Magdalena Chojnowska translated five of Eleanor’s poems for the Polish journal artPAPIER. Eleanor has a BA (Hons 1st) Open University, an MA (Hons) Cultural History, University of Northumbria, an MPhil in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Trinity College, Dublin. Eleanor Hooker is Programme Curator for the Dromineer Literary Festival and helm for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. Her second collection, A Tug of Blue, was published in 2016. ( "The Shadow Owner’s Companion is “teeming with both major and minor poems of really notable excellence and quirky intelligence… Hooker has a brilliantly nutured and culturally stretched imagination...” — Thomas McCarthy, Poetry Ireland Review