The King from Over the Water

John O'Donoghue

John Kevin comes to Ireland every summer with his mother, and leaves London behind him for the sunshine and countryside of Ireland, the company of his six cousins, and the life of Ballydawn.

Running through all these summers is his friendship with his cousin Mattie, and their gradual understanding as the Troubles worsen that the world can be a much darker place than Ballydawn lets on.

“These stories from childhood summers in Ireland are written with delicacy and tact, their solid realism mingled with the magic of a child’s imagination.” Tessa Hadley, writer.

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I Wouldn't Start From Here: The Second Generation Irish in Britain

Eds. Ray French, Moy McCrory and Kath Mckay

The Wild Geese Press launches with a collection to showcase second-generation Irish writers in Britain. Not quite British, not quite Irish, through their essays, fiction and poetry about music, family, and history these distinguished writers explore questions of identity and belonging and ask the perennial question: where is home – here or Ireland?

The writers gathered here hold up a mirror to the diverse and complicated experience of the Irish in Britain. The collection features essays, fiction and poetry from Ian Duhig, Elizabeth Baines, Maude Casey, Ray French, Maria C. McCarthy, Moy McCrory, Kath Mckay and John O’Donoghue and many more.

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