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Present Tense Words & Pictures: poems and photographs from County Mayo edited by Macdara Woods and Jim Vaughan

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This publication conveys a wonderful sense of Mayo in the 21st Century. The book is the result of an open submission process which encouraged new voices and new images. The aim of the anthology is to showcase poetry and photography from the county and was edited by Aosdána member, Macdara Woods and Jim Vaughan, lecturer in photography.

The collection is drawn from the widest perspective and includes images from other countries and words in other languages reflecting the richness and diversity of contemporary Mayo.

The book is intended to be enjoyed by all and in particular to be shared with those who may not know Mayo as it is today. Along with all the change we experience there are constants: the beauty of the landscape, the warmth and resilience of the people and the courage to reach forward to find new means of expression.

This publication is the result of a partnership between Mayo County Library Service and the County Mayo Arts Service.
(Adapted from the introduction by Gerry Coyle, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle Chontae Mhaigh Eo)

Some of the images and references in this book are familiar, such as Croagh Patrick, Achill, Westport, Castlebar. They will resonate both with people who have stood in these places and with those who have not. But we have also included burial towers in Iran, railroads in Kosovo, kitchens in Brazil, alongside Sweeney in Erris, the Mayo Rose and arm-wrestling in Geesala. Just as we have poems in Irish, English, Polish and German: reflecting, we hope, the multiplicities of current reality.

Many of the poets in this book are very well known indeed, and just as many of the photographers have widely appeared in print, while for quite a number of others this is their first publication ever. We feel the picture of the County presented is truer as a result.
(Taken from the introduction by Macdara Woods and Jim Vaughan)

Hardback 165 pages ISBN 0951962485
Published 2006, Mayo County Council, Áras an Chontae, Castlebar, Co. Mayo© Mayo County Council
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