John Ennis

. . . the best of Ennis . . . is a rich and rewarding experience. He leaves many other poets looking watery and confined to limited forms, like people who never stir out of the house.

— Seán Dunne, Cork Examiner

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John EnnisJohn Ennis was born in County Westmeath in 1944. He is a graduate of University College, Cork and Dublin.

The Gallery Press published his early collections: Night on Hibernia (1976), Dolmen Hill (1977), A Drink of Spring (1979) and The Burren Days (1985). He won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1975 and in 1996 the Irish American Cultural Institute Award.

John Ennis lives in Waterford where he was, until 2009, head of the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology.

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A Drink of Spring

A Drink of Spring was John Ennis’s third book. Fifteen of its poems, or versions of them, were entered under the general title ‘Exit’ and won the Listowel Poetry Prize, 1979.

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Aidan Carl MatthewsAidan Carl Mathews was born in 1956 and educated at UCD, TCD, and Stanford University. He has published three collections of poetry, WindfallsMinding Ruth (Gallery, 1983) and According to the Small Hours (1998). He has published short stories: Adventures in a Bathyscope (which was shortlisted for the GPA Award), Lipstick on the Host and Charlie Chaplin's Wishbone (2016, Lilliput) and a novel, Muesli at Midnight. Other awards include an Irish Times Award, Patrick Kavanagh Award, Macauley Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Award.

His plays include Exit/Entrance (Gallery 1990), The Diamond BodyThe Antigone, a new version of The House of Bernarda Alba and Communion (2003). He edited Immediate ManCuimhní ar Chearbhall Ó Dálaigh. He works as a radio drama producer in RTE.

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Minding Ruth

Aidan Mathews’ first volume Windfalls, distinguished in itself, gave promise for the future. Minding Ruth fulfils, if it does not indeed go beyond the expectations roused by that first volume. — Seamus Deane

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