In this beautifully illustrated anthology more than fifty acclaimed Irish novelists, playwrights and poets - including Seamus Heaney, Colm Tóibín and Roddy Doyle - explore ideas and tell stories about art, love, family, dreams, memory and places using pictures from the over 15,000 works of art in the National Gallery of Ireland as inspiration. The artworks and the literary responses to them are wonderfully perceptive and, at times, deeply personal, inviting us to look at art in new lights and from different angles.
The book is published to mark the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery of Ireland.
If you tore off the tops of canola – yellow canola flowers – would youjump in a tub of canola margarinejust to make the best of despair? Implored by concerned readers to be 'classy' and 'real' for once, David McGimpsey has composed a sequence of canonical notebooks on all things 'poetic' and…
Janet McLean is Curator of European Art, 1850 - 1950, at the National Gallery of Ireland.
'Beautifully produced ... a perceptive, original and enjoyable anthology' - Irish Arts Review
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