James Harrold will launch the first collection of poet Michael Faherty, at Charlie Byrne’s
On Friday October 5th at 6pm, Galway City Arts Officer James Harrold will launch the first collection of poet Michael Faherty, at Charlie Byrne’s Bookstore. The title will be the first such released by the newly-established publishing house, Amit Mediratta Publications. Founded by Galway-based artist Amit Mediratta, the enterprise will endeavour to manage his creative vision, together with producing the works of new poetic voices.
Michael Faherty was born in Birmingham of Irish parents in 1952, before moving to Dublin in the 1960s. His life was marked by a prolific career in fashion on Bond St, London, together with consistent literary expression, most of which has been lost. “The idea for the book came about when Michael invited me to explore his archives,’ says Amit, ‘I spent an evening sifting through mounds of paper, and was utterly astounded by his craft. I spent the summer editing his poems in New York City, resulting in a book that reads like a psychedelic rock album, interjected by memoirs, letters, and reflections on rural Ireland. The ache of loss that runs through the works is relieved by a certain playfulness, unifying the book’s comic and tragic elements in a perfect harmony. The poems themselves stylistically resemble American Modernism, though set in a distinctly Irish context’.