Lagan's three poets release new work

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Lagan Press launch three new collections

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Three of Northern Ireland's most highly-regarded poets read in one of  Belfast's most historical buildings to launch new collections.

Deirdre Cartmill, Maria McManus and Myra Vennard  read from their work at the First Presbyterian Church  (non-subscribing) in Rosemary Street on Tuesday, 24 September. First Presbyterian is one of Belfast's most famous churches, having  played a key fair in many public debates since the 18th century.

Moy-born poet and scriptwriter Deirdre Cartmill read from her second collection of poems, The Return of the  Buffalo. Maria McManus, the Enniskillen born writer, read  from We Are Bone and the most senior of the trio completed the  evening with poems from her new gathering, Blind Angel.

Following on from her Lagan Press debut, Midnight Solo, Deirdre Cartmill's The Return of the Buffalo is a book about love and loss, mortality and grief and the coming to terms with a less than  perfect world. More celebratory in tone, We Are Bone, sees Maria McManus returning to her roots in Fermanagh to produce poems at once through  provoking and affirming the importance of place. A stylistic and  structural development on her debut gathering, Reading the Dog, the  poems show a poet of ambition and reach. Deeping the achievement of her  last collection, Easter Saturday, Myra Vennard's Blind Angel is a collection of elegies, while the world  is shot evoked is shot through with pain, it is also a world where the  poet's eye and ear and place order and meaning on the randomness of  existence to produce a kind of consolation and acceptance.

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