I first came across Eavan Boland as a MA student, with a shameful lack of poetic knowledge. I had never encountered a poet so clearly working the myths of land and domestic spaces into their words – her ideas around muses fascinate me.
My initial interactions with Harris’s work were in the form of film – Chocolat was a huge hit. I then gradually read all of her work and she’s a master storyteller, capturing the everyday so convincingly – she works plot twists so cleverly, I am always astounded.
Jessica is a fascianting writer, and I think her genius is in attention to detail, the way she really draws you to look at and think about things. Her poems are liked moments of kaliedoscopic vision tinted with many layered realities, I love falling into her work.
Martin writes about things that don’t usually get written about, yet are of so much importance. His words often appear deceptively straightfoward, but then they leave you reeling and wanting to leap into action.
Jane is a modern polymath, and her poems can easily take you from fairytale worlds to gritty realities in the space of a couple of lines. Jane is a wonderful visual artist too, and I’d say she’s a modern mythmaker who can shape meanings out of anything.
Alison Jones is a teacher, and writer with work published in a variety of places, from Poetry Ireland Review, Proletarian Poetry and The Interpreter’s House, to The Green Parent Magazine and The Guardian. She has a particular interest in the role of nature in literature and is a champion of contemporary poetry in the secondary school classroom. Her pamphlet, ‘Heartwood’ was published by Indigo Dreams in 2018, with a second pamphlet. ‘Omega’, and a full collection forthcoming in 2020.