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singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist

The Connemara Cantos

2013
 
Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Luath Press (18 Sep 2013)
ISBN-10: 1908373962
ISBN-13: 9781908373960
 
 

 

While working for the BBC on a feature programme on Irish folk singer Dolores Keane, Mike Harding found himself in Clifden and in an estate agent’s window found what would become his Irish home, a traditional cottage that had lain empty for almost twenty years with a rotted corrugated iron roof and neither doors nor windows. The view out over Cleggan Bay however was stunning. Two years of hard work turned it back into a home and it was in that home, while looking out over Clegan Bay that much of his latest book of poems, The Connemara Cantos, was written. Not all of these poems are about Connemara, they are also about Irish immigrants on building sites in Manchester, pubs in London and the beauty of Irish traditional music; but all the poems in this book were either written in or inspired by the very special place that is Connemara – not a county, not a political entity but perhaps something much wider – a state of the soul.