Join us in the Great Hall at Queen's for the launch of Gail McConnell's latest collection, The Sun is Open (Penned in the Margins, 2021). Gail will be in conversation with Tara McEvoy, and sharing some poems from the collection.
September 30, 2021
The Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast
The Sun is Open pieces through a boxed archive of public and private materials related to the life and death of Gail McConnell’s father, who was murdered by the IRA outside their Belfast home in 1984.
Flitting between a child and adult self, this startling, innovative debut charts the experience of going through the box, as the poems attempt to decode the past and present, and piece together a history, and a life.
The late Ciaran Carson said of the book, ‘The Sun is Open employs a grammar in which everything is significant, from Wendy Houses, to the very hairs of your head, to the poetry of First Aid instructions, to slaters. This is meticulous and painstaking — sometimes pain-making work — making the words fit the columns, be they inches of newsprint or entries in an Account Book, negotiating or nudging the meanings into alternative senses. A series of ethical considerations and transactions, credits and debits that sometimes demand to be accounted for, or judged, or at least spoken of in the light of whatever the forensics might or might never unfold.’
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Booksales courtesy of No Alibis Bookstore.
Development and Alumni Relations School of Arts, English and Languages Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry