Elegies & Epiphanies: Selected Poems

Hugh McFadden

About the book…

Selected from his previously published collections with a generous selection of new and previously uncollected work, Elegies & Epiphanies: Selected Poems puts on public view for the first time the achievement of one of the distinctive voices in Irish poetry. As befits a writer who has spent over thirty years as a working journalist, Hugh McFadden’s poems spring from the world as we know it. Whether writing of the passing of friends and colleagues or reflections on love and loss, or in angry protest at war both in his native Ulster and further beyond, his is a recognisable and consistent voice ­ warm, human and humane, speaking to the reader with the rhythms and nuances of contemporary Ireland.
Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Buddy Holly, literary Dublin, and childhood reverie co-exist in an acute and welcoming sensibility. Elegies & Epiphanies: Selected Poems amply demonstrates that there can be poetic achievement beyond the literary fads and latest headlines

Photo of the author, Hugh McFadden

About the author…

Hugh McFadden was born in Derry in 1942 where he lived brief before moving to County Donegal. He was educated at University College Dublin. He earned an MA degree in Modern History at UCD and was tutor there in the 1960s and early 1970s. Later he became a lecturer in journalism at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

For many years he was a subeditor at the Irish Press and regularly reviewed books for the press’ group of papers as well as Hibernia, Irish Independent, Irish Times and Sunday Tribune.

He was also a researcher for the Irish Manuscripts Commission and acted as Editorial Assistance on The Correspondence of Daniel O’Connell.

He has published four volumes of poetry: Cities of Mirrors (1984), Pieces of Time (2004), Elegies and Epiphanies (2005) and Empire of Shadows (2012).

The executor of the John Jordan literary estate he has edited both prose and poetry selections from the Irish writer: Selected Prose: Crystal Clear (2006) and The Selected Poems of John Jordan (2008).

He lives in Dublin.