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Afternoon Drinking in The Jolly Butchers

Rachel Coventry

ISBN: 978-1-912561-20-9

Page Count: 70

Publication Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cover Artwork: Valeriy Shvedov | Dreamstime.com. Design: Siobhán Hutson


About this Book

Afternoon Drinking in The Jolly Butchers is the debut collection from Galway-based poet Rachel Coventry. Beginning in East London, the collection makes its way back to Ireland and also moves from troubled youth to adulthood. Drawing on quantum mechanics, myth, religion and philosophy to fragment its perspective and to tell and retell its stories. It is at once bewitched yet bored, honest yet paradoxical. At its heart, it is a meditation on relationship, interrogating memory, regret, and loss. The poems spin through various worlds and world views but come home, eventually, to the streets of Galway. A stunningly original and thoughtful voice is unveiled in this collection.


Author Biography

Rachel Coventry was born in Edinburgh to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. Since then she has moved back and forth over the Irish Sea seven times. She lived in London for ten years but is now almost settled in Galway where she is studying for a doctorate in Heidegger’s poetics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her poetry is widely published in journals including Poetry Ireland Review, The Shop, and Cyphers. Rachel won the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust Annual Poetry Competition in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize. In 2015 she was highly commended in the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Competition. Currently, she teaches Economics and Philosophy on the Access Programme at NUIG. Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers is her debut collection. 

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