Scarecrows at Newtownards by Celia de
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First volume of poetry in English by the
Patrick Kavanagh Award winner who has published two
acclaimed volumes in the Irish language.
Fréine is a poet and playwright who writes in Irish and
English. She was born in Northern Ireland and now lives
in Dublin and Connemara.
Many of her plays have been produced,
including most recently, Anraith Neantóige by Aisling
Ghéar in 2004.
Her poetry has won many awards, including
the Patrick Kavanagh Award (1994), Duais Chomórtas
Filíochta Dhún Laoghaire (1996), the British Comparative
Literature Association Translation Award (1999), Duais
Aitheantais Ghradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnachta
(1999) Duais Smurfit/Lá (2003), and Gradam Litríochta
Chló Iar-Chonnachta (2004).
She was awarded Arts Council Bursaries in
1997 and 2000, and Duais an Oireachtais for best play in
2003 and 2004.
From the reviews of Scarecrows at
De Freine's evocative meditations seize
the reader with a strange and unique mixture of
sensuality and pain. Here too is the true poet's gift to
surprise. Poem after poem captures its moment, its
insight deftly, visually, forcefully… The death of
poetry, I heard someone say. Not with books like this
around. More like the death of criticism if poetry like
this is not widely praised and recognized.
Rory Brennan, Books Ireland
It may be that this creative traffic
between languages is responsible for the colloquial ease
and flexible syntax that are so welcome in De Freine's
work, and perhaps it is responsible also for peppering
her fables of contemporary life with odd but compelling
medieval allusion s. Either way, the more surreal the
mixture, the better it works….This is an enjoyable and
angular successor to 'Fiacha Fola'.
Selina Guinness, Irish Times
See also www.celiadefreine.com
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