Liverpool-Irish writer, Jean Maskell, recently presented George Lawlor from Wexford Marine Watch and Phil Murphy from Wexford Tidy Towns with cheques from the pre-launch sales of her book, The Space Between…
The book of short stories, poetry and paintings, all relating to Wexford, is now for sale at The Book Centre and Red Books, in Wexford and Gorey. All proceeds are going direct to the charities.
“My mother was born in Ballinaslaney, Oylegate and I am back and forward to my family of Cullens and Savages regularly. The book shares my reflections on belonging to two countries, and also explores the space between people, between the sea and sky, the past and the present,” she said.
Included in the stories is one about the black and tans shooting at her mother as a child, another is a letter home from 1930’s America, there are poems on lost love and the powerful draw of memories of Slaney lanes.
Liverpool Irish Festival Director and CEO Emma Smith, describes the book as ‘Ethereal in part, anchored in liminal space, Maskell’s book flits between mediums with a unified voice.
Earnest reflections on dual-identity. A gentle, love letter of a book, to the place betwixt two ‘homes’.
Both charities received €250 each from pre-launch sales. Jean’s aim is now to raise more funding for the two charities through Christmas sales.
Meanwhile, another Wexford writer, John Cooney, won the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry competition for 2023.
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