The Idea of Islands cover

An Afterglow: A Gallery of Connemara Poems
Edited by Des Lally and Peter Fallon
with an introduction by Thomas Kilroy

Published in collabroation with Ballynahinch Castle

88 pp. Images: 9 full colour (including 4 gatefolds) and 1 black and white
ISBN: 978-0-9548976-9-7 (hardback); 978-0-9548976-7-3 (paperback)

It was 40 years ago that poet Peter Fallon established what is now recognized as one of Ireland's leading literary presses:
The Gallery Press.

Throughout this time he has published of some of the most eminent of contemporary Irish poets, authors and playwrights.

Wishing to mark this significant anniversary, Occasional Press, collaborating once more with Ballynahinch Castle, approached Peter with the idea of making a special book to honour the occasion and asked him if he would be willing to search Gallery's impressive archive and select from it an anthology of poems that had a particular connection with Connemara, on Ireland's wild and beautiful Atlantic seaboard. He very generously agreed to take on the task and inviting Des Lally of Ballynahinch Castle as his co-editor, they together harvested the rich and varied collection of ideas, images and stories that weave through the poems of this book.

Accompanied by colour photographs of the Connemara terrain, this book leads us deep into the heart of a fascinating domain, offering memorable insights into a unique place and its people.

The poets:

Ciaran Berry
Moya Cannon
Michael Coady
Gerald Dawe
Seán Dunne
Peter Fallon
Tom French
Eamon Grennan
Vona Groarke
Kerry Hardie
Michael Hartnett
Pearse Hutchinson
Michael Longley
Seán Lysaght
Patrick MacDonogh
John McAuliffe
Frank McGuinness
Derek Mahon
Paul Muldoon
Richard Murphy
Daniel Reardon
Peter Sirr