Jean Kavanagh’s first collection, Other Places, moves between diverse but not incidental locations: Dublin, Clare, Oslo and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Kavanagh is not a nomad in the sense of someone wandering aimlessly, but nomadic as in following a fixed pattern of movement. The places the poet calls home are realized through a chorus of landmarks: personal bonds, memories, photographs and folklore, where magic exists, and where the encounters with others are as important as the landscapes. There are some things we cannot do alone. This is a book about belonging.
The launch will be at 19.30 on Friday the 11th April, at the Sound of Mu, Markveien 58, Oslo.
Jean Kavanagh will also be doing a launch in Dublin on the 30th April at the Irish Writers’ Centre, with an introduction from the novelist John Boyne.
Jean Kavanagh is an Irish poet living in Oslo, Norway. She studied Irish Folklore and English Literature in UCD, Dublin. She has been shortlisted twice, in 2010 and 2011, for Galway’s Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Her work has been published in journals, showcase anthologies for the Galway Arts Centre, and in Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2011).
Other Places is her debut collection.