– When I opened your letter I just started in on the verse – as a dip, to get a taste. Well I was mesmerised.
I read through to the end. Wonderful frenze (sic) of spot-on rhymes and sword-daring sort of eloquence – or rapier and cutlass in action demonstration. Intensely enjoyable, I find it.
- And there you are on Inishbofin with a clear head. Last time I had a clear head was – after a few months in the house among the trees across the bay from Cleggan jetty. Miss(?) Brown’s house. (She was 90 then). All the best and thanks for the enlivening read and surprising lines.
It is with great regret that we record that Sydney died, after a long and astonishingly brave acceptance of illness and death, in November 2008.
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genre :: Poetry
publisher :: The Dolmen Press [Poetry Ireland Editions 3]
place & year :: Dublin, 1968
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Collected Works (including Girl with Violin
Sydney Bernard Smith was born in Glasgow in 1936 and raised in Portstewart, Co Derry.
His work has been broadcast on RTÉ, BBC and Channel 4 (UK), and staged in Ireland, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in the US.
His poetry collections include Girl With a Violin (The Dolmen Press [Poetry Ireland Editions 3], Dublin 1968); Priorities (Raven Arts Press, Dublin 1979); Sensualities (Raven, 1981); Scurrilities (Raven 1981), and New and Selected Poems (Raven, 1984).
His plays include Sherca (1976, published Newark, Del, Proscenium Press, 1979); Don Bosco, Grainne and the Dole (1977); The Impertinence of being Frank (1978); The Illaunapsppie Triangle (1978); Houseparty (1979); Swim Away Babies (1984); On Course for Brazil (1985); How to Roast a Strasbourg Goose ( Dublin Theatre Festival, 1985); Up for Bloomsday (1985); The 2nd Grand Confabulation of Drum Ceat (Dublin Theatre Festival, Andrews Lane Theatre, 1989); Reason not the Need (1992); and The Shaming of the True (1995).
He has published one novel, Flannery (Dublin, Odell & Adair, 1991). A second, The Book of Shannow, has been mostly published in literary magazines.
A member of Aosdána, he died in Dundalk in 2008