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‘Peacekeeper’ by Michael J. Whelan. Poetry collection published by Doire Press – April 2016

 

Hi folks, this is a new Review of PEACEKEEPER, which appeared in Lagan Online at the Verbal Arts Centre, Derry – Northern Ireland (by Colin Dardis). The poems in the collection reflect on the personal and collective experiences of Irish soldiers/citizens on international peace support missions, the first collection of poetry to do so!

Please see attached link below, and please share!

 

‘”Peacekeeper” – Michael J. Whelan’s debut Doire collection – is an amazing record of Whelan’s tours of duty, as moving as anything by renowned war poets such as Wilfred Owen. Whereas Owen sought to strip away the faux-grandeur and romanticism of war, Whelan has started from a point where everything is as open and exposed as a torn limb.”

Lagan Online ‘We review @MichaelJWhelan1’s collection ‘Peacekeeper’ from @Doirepress, a startling (and at times shocking) record of Whelan’s tours of duty with the UN.’

http://laganonline.co/review-michael-j-whelan-peacekeeper/

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BELFAST BOOK FESTIVAL – 14th June 2016 (Michael J. Whelan – Peacekeeper)

 

Ladies and Gents,

I’m very excited and looking forward my reading of poems from the PEACEKEEPER collection in the Crescent Arts Centre next Tuesday evening 14th June at 6.30pm during the Belfast Book Festival 2016.

It’s a free event and I will be taking part with fellow Doire Press poets Stephanie Conn & Simon Lewis. Hopefully see some of you there if in the locality, it promises to be an excellent event.

Thank you,

Michael

 

Thanks to Stephanie Conn for the poster.

Michael J. Whelan  - Kosovo 2001

Michael J. Whelan – Kosovo 2001

 

Belfast Book Festival - poster designed by Stephanie Conn

Belfast Book Festival – poster designed by Stephanie Conn

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Michael J. Whelan & Rick O' Shea - presenter of the RTE Radio One Poetry Programme, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

Michael J. Whelan & Rick O’ Shea – presenter of the RTE Radio One Poetry Programme, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

 

So this is how my poetry day went yesterday – Wednesday 04 May 2016. First off I made my way to the Radio Telefis Eireann studios in Donnybrooke to meet Claire Cunningham – producer for the RTE Poetry Programme, where at 2.30pm I met and recorded an interview with the presenter Rick O’ Shea (pictured with myself holding a copy of ‘Peacekeeer’). I read three poems from the collection and discussed some of the poetry for the show, which will be broadcast in the autumn, thanks to Doire Press, and to Dave Lordan for helping with the interview topics.

 

Simon Lewis author of Jewtown and Michael J. Whelan author of PEACEKEEPER at BooksUpstairs, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

Simon Lewis author of Jewtown and Michael J. Whelan author of PEACEKEEPER at BooksUpstairs, Photo: Michael J. Whelan

 

After this I made my way to the James Joyce Library in University College Dublin (UCD) to meet Ursula Byrne and her team at 3.45pm, where I was filmed reading a number of poems for the ‘Poetry Reading Archive  http://libguides.ucd.ie/ipra .’ and afterwards I made my way back into the city for the Poetry Ireland / Éigse Éireann reading event at Books Upstairs for 6.30pm, where I read poems from my new PEACEKEEPER collection. Simon Lewis (photo 4&5) also read from his new collection ‘Jewtown’ (Doire Press) as did Rita Ann Higgins who read from her new collection. It was a great event and packed out to the gills.

So all in all I had a very long exciting day of poetry reading and events, discussions and recording/filming, which I enjoyed very much, thank you to Doire Press, The RTÉ Poetry Programme, the Poetry Reading Archive at UCD, PoetryIreland and everybody involved in making it happen… Michael

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Michael J. Whelan - Poet, South Lebanon -1994

Michael J. Whelan – Poet, South Lebanon -1994

 

Hi all, just to let you know that the launch date & venue for my PEACEKEEPER poetry collection, which is being published by Doire Press, has been confirmed for Wednesday 13th of April 2016 at 6.30pm at the County Library Tallaght. I’m looking forward to the launch, to seeing people holding the finished product and reading the poems, which were inspired by my tours of duty as a United Nations Peacekeeper with the Irish Defence Forces in South Lebanon and Kosovo. The poems are also about the many Irish soldiers who served in those countries over the years and will be the first collection of its kind in Ireland to do so. A big THANK YOU to Doire Press for believing in the poems.

Please keep the date in mind and if you happen to be in the locality on April 13th then please come along!

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Ladies and Gents I am delighted to announce that my first full collection of published poems titled PEACEKEEPER, poems inspired by my tours of duty as a United Nations Peacekeeper with the Irish Defence Forces, is to be published by Doire Press next year 2016. Doire Press are an Irish publishing house based in Connemara, Ireland and have produced many wonderful poetry collections. I’m really happy about this and looking forward to holding my book of peacekeeper poems in my hands.

Doire Press  Publication Titles - 2016

Doire Press Publication Titles – 2016

 

A big THANK YOU to Lisa and John at Doire Press for believing in my work and everyone who encouraged me and supported this blog page and my facebook page over the last few years and most of all THANK YOU for reading my poems!

Michael

 

Michael J. Whelan on peacekeeping  footpatrol in South Lebanon -1994

Michael J. Whelan on peacekeeping footpatrol in South Lebanon -1994

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