This strikingly beautiful debut reverberates with the insight that comes from close observation of inner and outer worlds. The collection is distinguished by the sensuous physicality of vivid natural imagery, rich vairety in form and an illuminating musical use of language; all of which is backlit by a questioning intelligence. Bell faces the shadows cast by loss and change without flinching and thereby honours what it is to be alive. - John Clarke, Author of The River.
The new collection by Amanda Bell, whose debut was shortlisted for the 2018 Shine/Strong Award, explores the zeitgeist using the art of Edvard Munch as a counterpoint, delving into the ecological and spiritual anguish informing his paintings, finding parallels in the world we live in today.
In the wilds of Connemara, a lone cowboy exacts a terrible revenge; an abused brother and sister settle scores with their ‘ol’ unkie’; a grieving man steers his river-craft towards a shocking reckoning; an Irish Vietnam veteran makes a phone call in an attempt to finally break the horror.
Terrific anthology including many authors with Cork links incl Danny Denton, Kevin Barry, Danielle McLoughlin, Tadhg Coakley, Jamie O'Connell and more, capturing local spirit and landmarks and celebrating the city.