We at The Gallery Press are devastated by the death of Ciaran Carson. Since his diagnosis in March he has been heroic. But we’re not surprised. His work was heroic for the thirty-five years he and I worked together. To edit and publish books such as THE IRISH FOR NO, BELFAST CONFETTI, OPERA ET CETERA, THE TWELFTH OF NEVER, FOR ALL WE KNOW (perhaps my favourite) and, just a year ago, FROM THERE TO HERE: SELECTED POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS was a privilege and an excitement. There are few better books than his COLLECTED POEMS. It is not an exaggeration to compare his mapping of Belfast with Joyce’s of Dublin. We plan to publish STILL LIFE
on October 16th – and we will, with pride and the
But, oh, what fun we had!
Our hearts go out to Deirdre, Manus, Gerard and Mary.