Stairwell Books presents Greg Quiery’s new poetry book in a Liverpool Irish Festival exclusive. Hear live readings and ask questions. Part of our Meet the Maker series.
Greg Quiery is a well-known reader at poetry evenings in Liverpool. This collection of recent work is a miscellany of storytelling, observation and humour. Contemporary Britain and its past are explored with realism, affection, humour; occasionally with anger. Reflections of an Ireland which has passed, but remains alive in memory, are woven into this book.
“These poems are at times heartfelt, at times witty, but always true. As an Irishman in Liverpool, Greg’s poems feel like a parallel journey to my own, but from a different perspective. It is a comfort and joy to walk around these poems. Worked into strong form, they speak with urgency, style and vibrancy.”
Ciarán Hodgers, Writing on the Wall Festival, Liverpool; poet and author of Cosmocartography.
“Greg Quiery teases pomposity, unearned authority and hypocrisy, often explored through the lens of nature, with lines so physical, the reader shares the experience. People breathe on the page as Quiery captures poetry in our daily lives, and makes us take notice. Poems build in tension: the fellah who ‘threw a wobbler’ is revealed with, ‘They tried for kids/he put the blame on her’. It would take more than a fleet of armoured cars to crush these poems. Read them and laugh; read them and weep.”
Sarah MacLennan, Head of Creative Writing, Liverpool John Moores University.
Stray Dog Following is published by Stairwell. Copies will be available to event attendees, direct from Greg or Stairwell Books at a reduced price of £6. Alternatively, News From Nowhere (Bold Street, Liverpool) will stock this item.
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