By Grace Wells

When God Has Been Called Away…

Winner of the 2011 Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for a first collection of poems.


Grace Wells’ When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things is a debut collection of poems at once firmly earthed in the real yet intimately connected to the mythic. In poems of lyrical beauty and imaginative reach, Wells explores the complex world of familial relationships, from childhood exploits in the company of an older sister (“I leant upon the wisdom of her age”), through the difficulties and self-doubt of failed relationships (“What’s left, when the father of your children / has throw a basket at you, hard, / upturned the kitchen table, / breaking all the china you possess?”) to the refuge of supportive love (“I see love travels faster than light”).
Strength in times of hardship is found in the example of other women, in the community of artists and writers; and, despite the loneliness with which the title poem begins (“your heart a rusted camp bed, prised open”) with the morning, and abandonment, comes nevertheless the consolation of “an imprint, which lingers” – a suggestion of the power of faith and determination, no doubt, but also of the power of poetry to reveal the world.

The book received the 2011 Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for a debut collection of poetry.

ISBN 9781906614324 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 90 pp
May 2010

Additional information

Weight.15 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614324
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: : 90 pp
  • Published: : May 2010

About The Author


Grace Wells was born in London in 1968. Formerly an independent television producer, she moved to Ireland in 1991. Her first book, Gyrfalcon (2002), a novel for children, won the Eilis Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award, and was an International White Ravens’ Choice. Other publications for children include Ice-Dreams (2008) and One World, Our World (2009). Her debut poetry collection, When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things (Dedalus Press, 2010) won the 2011 Rupert and Eithne Strong Best First Collection Award and was short-listed for the London Fringe Festival New Poetry Award. Her second, Fur, was published by Dedalus in October 2015. REVIEW EXCERPT “A poet of depth and elegance, of sparkling intuition and studied formality, Grace Wells is one of the twelve apostles at the feast of poetry. Her work will endure for its beautiful seriousness, its style, its sense of purpose.”