Padraic Fallon (1905-1974)

The instructive thing about Collected Poems is the spectacle it affords of a writer gradually and consciously negotiating his way through his influences and managing, with a mild but ineradicable self-confidence, to cultivate his own voice and his own subjects. Fallons’ oeuvre can now be seen to stand in secure and complementary relation to the achievements of Austin Clarke and Patrick Kavanagh.

Seamus Heaney, from his introduction to Collected Poems

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Padraic FallonPadraic Fallon was born in 1905 in Athenry, County Galway, and later moved to Dublin where he became part of the George Russell (AE) circle. For almost twenty-five years he served as a Customs and Excise official in County Wexford where he lived and farmed with his wife and sons.

In the 1950s he wrote many plays for radio. His first book, Poems, appeared in 1974, the year he died. Poems and Versions was published in 1983 (Carcanet/Raven).

Collected Poems was published by The Gallery Press in 1990.

Collected Poems

Collected Poems contains almost two hundred poems, translations, and songs, covering half a century’s work ‘remind us, in fact, of what his best work demonstrates: that Padraic Fallon comes to us now as much a contemporary as he was when he began’  — Seamus Heaney, from his introduction to Collected Poems

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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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