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Live Canon present: Paul Terence Carney and N.J. Hynes

Saturday 2 June 2018, 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Paul Terence Carney and N.J. Hynes read from their debut collections, ‘The Empty Horizon’ and ‘The Department of Emotional Projections’. Hosted by Live Canon.

More about Paul Terence Carney:

Paul won the Live Canon first collection prize with his extraordinary sequence of poems, written in the voice of Roisin, a writer and illustrator of children’s books who is losing her sight due to the genetic condition Retinitis Pigmentosa (a condition from which Paul also suffers). She’s found herself literally (and metaphorically) stuck in Dawlish. She fantasizes about being rescued by her editor, who has taken on a kind of Ted Hughes’ rugged physique in her imagination.

Poet, Barbara Marsh, comments on Paul’s work:

‘Paul Carney’s poetry is airborne, delicately balanced between soaring, full flight and hovering just above ground. In his striking debut collection, we move through currents of the imagination of both the poet and the narrator-character of these poems, Roisin, a writer of children’s books, as she navigates her way through the changing vista of her increasingly impaired vision. She fleshes out her fictional world, creating, in the publisher she has never met, a desired figure to share her solidary life. The detail is rich and fresh, the language moving and surprising. These are poems envisioned through the acute eye of an illustrator; Carney keeps the reader aloft, transfixed on the image.’

Paul’s work has previously been published in Acumen, Poetry London and Live Canon’s anthologies. Many poems in this collection were part of Paul’s Final Portfolio for his Master’s Degree in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, which received the Pat Kavanagh Award, given by United Agents in conjunction with Goldsmith’s.

‘Rich and detailed… exhilarating skill… I keep noticing Paul Carney’s poems, and I believe you will, too.’ (Glyn Maxwell, judging the 2016 Poetry London Competition)

More about NJ Hynes:

NJ Hynes (Nancy) won the inaugural Live Canon First Collection prize in 2014 with The Department of Emotional Projections. She has had residencies at the Saison Poetry Library and Greenwich Rail Station; her poems appear on posters in stations across Southeast London. She was recently awarded an artistic residency by the Djerassi Foundation in California.

Her poems have been shortlisted, longlisted, commended and placed in various competitions, including Battered Moons, the National Poetry Competition, Poetry on the Lake, and Poetry London; her work has appeared in Brittle Star, Mslexia, Magma, and Popshot, as well as a number of Live Canon anthologies.

She received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, in 2010, and was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Award, given by United Agents in conjunction with Goldsmith’s.

Some comments on The Department of Emotional Projections:

An impressive debut… this collection wears its considerable learning very lightly indeed, to magical effect. I love its variety and scope, and the feeling of being well-travelled by the end.

She writes poems that are in turns regular and free, dipping in and out of form with assured ease. At the heart of this collection are the six eponymous sonnets: mostly written in iambic pentameters, each numbered and progressing into increasingly tighter rhyme schemes as the narrative circles from a chillingly dispassionate third person into first person immediacy and disarray. This six-poem cycle is the poetic equivalent of The Matrix meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, implying a futuristic technology that induces a virtual reality preferable to your current real one.
— Isobel Rogers, review on Ink, Sweat and Tears

One of the (many) reasons we chose NJ Hynes collection to win the First Collection prize, was the unflinching clarity with which it looks at the future. It is a book which imagines tomorrow, bravely and boldly, with humanity and wit; it engages with science, politics, popular culture, high culture and the melting pot of influences that we negotiate in our everyday, metropolitan lives. It combines an old wisdom with a fresh perspective, and is always ready to ask questions. This isn’t just the kind of poetry we want to publish, its the kind of poetry we need to publish: outward-looking and building relationships with other genres and the wider world.
— Helen Eastman, Live Canon Publishing

Suitable for all ages.

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