Looking Back on 2023

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Our New Titles, 2023

On May 10th, Turas Press was delighted to launch two new collections from eminent poets, Eithne Lannon and Julie-Ann Rowell. This is the second Turas Press book from both writers.

Everything Gathers Light by Eithne Lannon

Everthing Gathers Light front cover of poetry collection by Eithne LannonEithne’s début collection, Earth Music, was shortlisted for the 2020 Strong-Shine Award. In her new collection, Everything Gathers Light, the poet deepens her immersion in the themes of history, place and the natural world, as well as confronting the personal challenges of dealing with and accepting losses common to all human experience.

“Eithne Lannon’s second collection, Everything Gathers Light, is a primer of discovery and revelation.  Anchored in the rivers and seascapes of North County Dublin, the precision of the language sets a spark of recognition that is universal, thereby reinforcing the sense that one of the primary ambitions of outstanding poetry must be to take the reader home.”  Maurice Devitt

Inside Out by Julie-Ann Rowell

Inside Out front cover of poetry collection by Julie Ann RowellJulie-Ann Rowell‘s Inside Out is also the second of her collection published by Turas Press. Her previous collection, Exposure (Turas Press, 2019) includes the poem Fata Morgana, which was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize Best Single Poem Category 2020.

Inside Out is a remarkable collection which offers a fearless account of an individual grappling with the physical, emotional and social challenges of living with chronic illness. FND – Functional Neurological Disorder – is a disorder of the functioning of the nervous system whose symptoms include a variety to physical, sensory and cognitive elements. The poet documents her journey from diagnosis through hospitalisation, discharge and eventual recovery. Inside Out is a moving and uplifting testament to the resilience of the human body and spirit. 

“There is no special pleading here and no calling out for sympathy. The poet speaks in her own name but also speaks compellingly on behalf of other sufferers who would not have her stylistic and dextrous way with words. Incredibly, her riveting epic sweep through her troubles is leavened with humour.”            Eamonn Lynskey

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