Joe Duggan's Rescue Contraptions : Crystal Palace Launch

Joe Duggan's Rescue Contraptions : Crystal Palace Launch

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Antenna Studios

73 Bedwardine Road


SE19 3AY

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Crystal Palace launch of Joe's Duggan's Rescue Contraptions from tall-lighthouse. Booking highly recommended. 7pm for 8pm reading.

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Pre-order Rescue Contraptions from tall-lighthouse here:

Reviews of Joe's first collection, Fizzbombs

Joe Duggan is under-rated, lyrical, haunting and witty.

Saskia Sarginson, The Irish Times

Stunning debut collection……… vibrant and memorable.

-Salena Godden, New Camden Journal

Early responses to Rescue Contraptions :

" For someone who makes such a virtue out of plain-speaking honesty, there's also a discreet flamboyance at play in Joe Duggan's work. ... giving each word its exact weight and importance and something beyond that. ... he can find himself 'time-jumping ceasefires' in different countries, imagine a fresh Oscar Wilde bon-mot or keep Youssop Matada suspended and on repeat, high in our minds over East Sheen in a feat of heart-stopping reportage. Yes, honest and real, but superbly and artfully executed, too. Take a long drink."

-Matthew Caley

"Whether talking about family, country, teaching, or mortality, Joe shares with us the weight of his experiences. His nimble lyricism and style allow us to pick up and hold these moments so that we may appreciate the world’s gravity, rather than be subdued by it."

- Joseph Johnston

"A big gut punch... moving and engaging and funny and brilliant. I don’t read much poetry but then I read some, like yours, which is so powerful and effecting and I wonder why I don’t read more. It’s like you’ve ripped your heart into bits and stapled it all over the page."

-Jane Mackelworth

"Simply stunning. It took me there, and it got me right there, in the gut and in the heart."

-Gill Wing

About Rescue Contraptions

This striking and frank collection journeys through the upheaval of the Northern Ireland Troubles and the unexpected loss of two younger brothers in San Francisco and Belfast, salvaging powerful moments of emotional intensity and celebration.

Here is a world of pub-life, boxing, football, social-services, hospital wards and fast-food outlets, juxtaposed with the personal politics of the Irish language, teacher training, stowaways and the World Cup.Each poem is delivered in a conversational style that allows ordinary words to find light in surprising places.

About The Event

"Come and celebrate with me at one of my favourite venues, Antenna Studios in Crystal Palace. I will read from the new book and be available to sign copies !

Bar open from 6pm , I will be reading from Rescue Contraptions between 8pm and 9pm. Booking strongly recommended as event will sell out in advance. Unreserved seating - best to arrive early. We are sorry but this venue does not have step-free access.

See you there ! "

About Joe Duggan

Joe is a writer and performer based in Crystal Palace, SE London who has worked as a teacher and on a broad range of community projects. His debut collection Fizzbombs, also from tall-lighthouse, had a poem highly commended for the Forward Prize.

He is widely published and has performed throughout Ireland, England and the United States, including at Cúirt, Latitude and the South Bank Centre. In 2014 his poem "Library Lovers" was chosen by The National Poetry Library as part of their 60th Birthday Celebrations to be included in an exhibition of modern contemporary poets alongside Andrew Motion, Mimi Khalvati, Carol Rumens and others.

He has hosted the sellout Spoken Word Express as part of the Crystal Palace Festival since 2013 and a very popular Open Mic at The Paxton Centre for several years.

Joe was co-founder of The Bunch of Chancers in Derry and has collaborated with The Fireflies, Echo Echo Dance Company, Different Drums, Warriors of The Dystotheque and the legendary producer Andrew Weatherall.

About tall-lighthouse

tall-lighthouse, established in 1999 by Les Robinson, is an independent poetry press publishing full collections of poetry, pamphlets and anthologies with over 100 titles issued from more than 60 poets. The press has a reputation for publishing new talent, being the first in the UK to publish Helen Mort, Sarah Howe, Liz Berry, Adam O’Riordan, Rhian Edwards, Emily Berry, Kate Potts and many others.

Many poets published by tall-lighthouse have gone on to full collections with major poetry publishers in the UK. These include Sarah Howe, winner of the TSEliot prize in 2015 with her Chatto & Windus collection Loop of Jade. Helen Mort whose debut full collection Division Street (Chatto & Windus) was shortlisted for the TSEliot prize as was Ailbhe Darcy with her collection Insistence (Bloodaxe). Jay Bernard and Vidyan Ravinthiran were both shortlisted for the 2020 TSEliot prize.

Other tall-lighthouse poets have also been prize winners: Emily Berry – 2013 Forward Prize for best first collection with Dear Boy (faber&faber). Liz Berry – 2014 Forward Prize for best first collection with Black Country (Chatto&Windus). Rhian Edwards won Wales Book of the Year 2013 with her collection Clueless Dogs (Seren). In 2007 the Pilot Series of pamphlets was launched, with Roddy Lumsden as editor, publishing 18 of the best young poets in the UK over a period of three years, including Emily Berry, Jay Bernard, Miriam Gamble and John McCullough.

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