In Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets, 50 poets from all over the world explore the many meanings and connotations of the word ‘home’. Hailing from places as diverse as India and Italy, Poland and Pakistan, Canada and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – as well as the US, the UK and Ireland itself – together they present an updated picture of a changing country while, at the same time, expanding the very definition of ‘writing from Ireland’.
The poems gathered here are as various and lively as we might hope for. Some contributors might be said to ‘write home’ in the traditional sense, describing and explaining what they find in the place they now live. For others ‘writing home’ is a determined, creative act of self-definition.
For all of them there is the real sense that writing is itself a kind of home-building, not least at a time when so many borders, physical and psychological, are under threat of closure across the world.
THE FULL LIST OF POETS INCLUDED IN WRITING HOME IS AS FOLLOWS:
Sana Al Buraiky, Ali Bracken Ziad, Lynn Caldwell, Polina Cosgrave, Jonathan C. Creasy, Curt Curtin, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Agnieszka Filipek, Viviana Fiorentino, Eilish Fisher, Ewa Fornal, Nicola Geddes, Charleen Hurtubise, Chris Jones, Kayssie Kandiwa, Nithy Kasa, Benjamin Keatinge, Shannon Kuta Kelly, Sven Kretzschmar, Suzzanna Matthews, Jaki McCarrick, Raquel McKee , Victoria Melkovska, Rafael Mendes, Juliana Menezes, Shaiyon Merkel, Nita Mishra, Yameema Mitha, Bruno Morando, Elizabeth Murtough, Emma Must, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Giuliano Nistri, Lianne O’Hara, Art Ó Súilleabháin, Viorel Ploesteanu, Theia Presadă, Michael Ray, Natasha Remoundou, Milena Rytelewska, Simone Sav, Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, Evgeny Shtorn, Dorina Sisu, Csilia Toldy, Eriko Tsugawa-Madden, Bogusia Wardein, Christian Wethered, Landa Wo and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe.
Special thanks to Anna Hryniewicz (Anna Hryniewicz.com) for permission to feature her painting ‘Parallel world 29052017’ as the cover image.