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Martina Evans's 'Now We Can Talk Openly About Men' Shortlisted for Irish Times Poetry Now Award

Monday, 4 Feb 2019

We're thrilled to announce that Martina Evans's latest collection Now We Can Talk Openly About Men (2018) has been shortlisted for the 2019 Irish Times Poetry Now award. Martina was previously shortlisted for the award in 2015 for her collection Burnfort, Las Vegas, originally published by Anvil Press and now available from Carcanet.

Previous winners of the prize include Seamus Heaney, Dorothy Molloy, Sinéad Morrissey and Dennis O’Driscoll. This year's €2,000 award will be presented during the annual Mountains-to-Sea dlr book festival in Dún Laoghaire on 30th March.

See the official annoucement here.

Now We Can Talk Openly About Men was selected as a 2018 TLS Book of the Year and was described as 'unputdownable.' It is a pair of dramatic monologues, snapshots of the lives of two women in 1920s Ireland. The first, Kitty Donovan, is a dressmaker in the time of the Irish War of Independence. The second, Babe Cronin, is set in 1924, shortly after the Irish Civil War. Kitty is a dressmaker with a taste for laudanum. Babe is a stenographer who has fallen in love with a young revolutionary. Through their separate, overlapping stories, Evans colours an era and a culture seldom voiced in verse in what Bernard O'Donoghue describes as 'a major work.'

Congratulations, Martina!

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