Morning Star

Cathal L. Dallat

About the book…

Morning Star marks the debut of a important voice in Northern Irish letters. Daringly wide-ranging in its themes, C.L. Dallat’s sensibility is steeped in the ambiguities and imaginative tensions of home, place, and belonging, moving with a deceptive ease between the strange ‘here’ of Belfast and the Glens of Antrim and the surprisingly familiar ‘there’ of England and continental Europe. Impressively balanced between raw emotion and distanced intellect, Morning Star has an ear cocked to the verities of history and mythology and to the cool ironies and codology of the modern and post-modern. Yet, above all, Dallat’s work is imbued with the lyric tradition of his native Ulster: a poetry alert to the intimacies and urgencies of daily life, the play of light and shadow on the landscape; a poetry of quiet and unfussy precision, rigorous and bracing in its thought, redemptive in its compassionate vision.

Photo of the author, Cathal L. Dallat

About the author…

C.L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic, was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim. 

He studied statistics and operational research at Queen’s University Belfast, and has since worked in television, publishing and information technology. He now lives in London where he reviews literature and the arts for several publications including the Times Literary Supplement and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review since its inception in 1998. 

His first poetry collection, Morning Star was published by Lagan Press in 1998. His latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff Press, 2009).