Peterloo Poets

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A Wrenboy’s Carnival: Poems 1980-2000



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Poems 1980-2000
By Gabriel Fitzmaurice


Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in 1952, in Moyvane, Co. Kerry, where he still lives. He teaches in the local primary school. A former Chair and Literary Advisor of writers' Week. the Writers' Conference in Listowel, Co. Kerry, he is author of more than twenty books, including poetry in English and Irish, children's verse in English and Irish, translations from the Irish, essays, and collections of songs and ballads. An award winner at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Centenary Poetry Competition, he has twice represented Ireland at the European Festival of Poetry in Louvain, Belgium. A musician and singer, he has played and sung on a number of albums of Irish traditional music. He frequently broadcasts on RTÉ radio and television and local radio stations on education and the arts.

‘We seem to have to learn in every generation that a writer can be popular and still be good; that it is possible to have the common touch and still be profound... a major talent.’
Bernard O'Donoghue

‘A teacher, a brilliant translator from the Irish, a recounteur of the truest kind.’
David Mason


A Bedtime Story

I want to give my children what I got -
A sign of middle age and childhood past:
’A story about Daddy – tell us what
You did when you were little – just like us’.
What survives our childhood we don’t choose -
We must forgive our childhood if we can:
We cannot cite our childhood as excuse -
Hurt is not a licence to do wrong.
And so I bring my children to my past,
A past that was unhappy as ‘twas good -
A story now, and so my kids have guessed
The happy ending, as indeed they should.
I tuck them in as sleep tugs at their lids.
I hope they’ll wish their childhood on their kids.


Price £7.95 per copy post free (£5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: Bob Ó Cathail, Baile an t.Sléibbe, Ventry, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Cover Design: Mark O'Neil
Publication: 2000 (144 pages laminated paperback)