By Paddy Bushe

Voices at the World’s Edge

Dublin-born poet Paddy Bushe, a longtime resident of the Kerry coast, guides Irish and English language poets (Woods, Ní Chuilleanáin, Deane, O’Donoghue and others) out to the ancient monastic site of Skellig Michael off Ireland’s south-west coast.


Paddy Bushe (ed.)
Foreword Marie Heaney
Photographs John Minihan

For some 700 years after its foundation in the 6th century, the monastery on Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast (a climb of 670 steps above sea level) was home to a vibrant monastic community, and one of the earliest of such settlements in Ireland.

For this unique and fascinating anthology, Dublin-born Paddy Bushe (long since living within sight of the Skelligs) invited some of Ireland’s best-known poets to spend the night among bee-hive huts, puffins and gannets, and to write of the experience at the one-time ‘edge of the world’.

Paddy Bushe, John F. Deane, Theo Dorgan, Kerry Hardie, Biddy Jenkinson, Seán Lysaght, Derek Mahon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Bernard O’Donoghue, Cathal Ó Searcaigh and Macdara Woods.

Special Collector’s Editon

A Special Collector’s Edition of this book is also available. Casebound, it comes in a matte grey slipcase, and is limited to 50 numbered copies only, each of which is signed by all of the contributors, the photographer and the publisher.

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Weight 0.200 kg
Dimensions 22.9 × 15.2 mm
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Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614355 PB; 9781906614362 HB
  • Size: : 22.9 x 15.2 mm
  • Pages: : 192 pp
  • Published: : April 2011

About The Author


Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin in 1948 and now lives in Waterville, Co. Kerry. He writes in Irish and in English. His collections include Poems With Amergin (1989), Digging Towards The Light (1994), In Ainneoin na gCloch (2001), Hopkins on Skellig Michael (2001) and The Nitpicking of Cranes (2004). To Ring in Silence: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008. He edited the anthology Voices at the World’s Edge: Irish Poets on Skellig Michael (Dedalus, 2010). His latest collections are My Lord Buddha of Carraig Eanna (2012), On A Turning Wing (2016) and Móinéar an Chroí (2017). He received the 2006 Oireachtas prize for poetry, the 2006 Michael Hartnett Poetry Award and the 2017 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. He is a member of Aosdána. In 2020, Dedalus Press publishes Double Vision, a two-volume publication comprising Second Sight, the author's own selection of his Irish language poems, accompanied by the author's own translations, as well as Peripheral Vision, his latest collection in English. The Rolling Wave on RTÉ Radio 1 in Nov 2022 devoted an entire show to Paddy Bushe's poems and the tunes and songs they respond to: the show is available here.