Over the weekend, we were saddened to lose our dear friend Marie Cadden. Up until very recently, Marie was an integral member of our editing team, lending her poetry expertise, wisdom and great sense of humour to every editors’ meeting and issue launch – we were lucky to have her as long as we did.
There was a beautiful funeral yesterday for Marie in her home village of Spiddal, County Galway, where the church filled with her family and friends, with music, poetry and the spirit of this extraordinary woman.
Marie was not only co-editor of Skylight 47, she was also a great poet in her own right. Her first collection, Gynaecologist in the Jacuzzi, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2016. Her work was sensual, sassy, full of wisdom and humour.
While ill over the last few months Marie, in typical fashion, took on a project dear to her heart and to the benefit of others, bringing to fruition an important and inspiring project. Bosom Pals was published by Doire Press and edited by Marie. It was a very special poetry book: eight women, marvellous brave women, each with their own story and their own experience of breast cancer, wrote the poems in this anthology. The poems are funny, sad, and full of love, anger, loss and survival.
We and the Galway poetry community will miss Marie greatly. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
We had a fabulous launch of Issue 9 in Galway. You can see the photos on our Facebook page here. And you can, of course, buy the issue here on our website.
We are delighted to report that Penelope Shuttle will launch Issue 9 of Skylight 47 on Thursday 23 November at Galway City Library, 6.30pm. Penelope will be reading at this Over The Edge event. When you read her biography below, you’ll see what a treat we are in for!
Penelope Shuttle (b. 1947) has made her home in Cornwall since 1970 and the county’s mercurial weather and rich history are continuing sources of inspiration. So too is the personal and artistic union Shuttle shared with her husband, the poet Peter Redgrove, until his untimely death in 2003. The fruitful nature of their relationship is celebrated in her poetry and in the work they accomplished together, most notably in the ground-breaking feminist studies on menstruation, The Wise Wound, and its sequel, Alchemy for Women. Recognition came quickly for Shuttle with an Eric Gregory Award in 1974 that acknowledged her poetry’s visionary power. This quality is something she shares with the poets she read in translation, voices such as Rilke, Ahkmatova, and Lorca, whose early influence was far more profound than the pervading realism of the English poets of the period. Shuttle has also written five acclaimed novels as well as seven poetry collections, her Selected Poems (OUP, 1998) being a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Order your copy of Issue 8 now before the big hike in postage next week!
We had a fabulous night launching Issue 8, Graham Allen doing the honours with aplomb. Wonderful readings from the Over The Edge featured readers, of whom Graham was one, and from our own contributors.
You can see photos of the event here on our Facebook page.
Issue 8 has now gone to print with Newspaper Club. We have our usual Masterclass, reviews, comment and lots of lovely new poems.
We’ll be launching on Thursday 30 March in Galway City Library at 6.30 pm. We’d love to see you all there, but if you can’t make it you can buy your copy here.
The layout of the newspaper is a big part of what we love about Skylight 47. The order of the poems has been decided and our layout editor is in the process of setting them into their allocated space, beautifully surrounded by whiteness.
One more day to send us your submissions! Our window closes at midnight on 1 January 2017. Click here for submission guidelines.
We were invited to do a guest posting at this lovely poetry blog by British poet Abegail Morley. You can see the post here. And then do go exploring the rest of The Poetry Shed.
Here’s a link to the interview we did with Lagan Online, A Verbal Project.