Publications & reviews

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The Lost Library Book, The Onslaught Press, Spring 2017

My children’s book, illustrated by Alice Durand-Wietzel, published by The Onslaught Press, was launched in Marsh’s Library on 20 May 2017. It is available from the publisher, in Rathgar Bookshop, The Chester Beatty Library Bookshop, and in Marsh’s Library.

‘It is a great story that children, and their parents, will delight in reading, and its happy ending is, indeed, the stuff of fairytales.’ Sara Keating, The Irish Times, 15 April 2017

‘The remarkable true story of a forgotten library book that was returned to Marsh’s Library after 100 years. Written with elegance and grace, it’s a fascinating tale for book lovers young and old.’ – Sarah Webb, Award-winning writer, and Children’s Curator of the Mountains to the Sea Book Festival

First the Feathers, debut poetry collection, due from Doire Press this Autumn.

Of the title poem, which won the Allingham Prize in 2015, judge Jane Clarke wrote: ‘“First the Feathers”, the winning poem by Amanda Bell, reminds me of Elizabeth Bishop’s The Fish in its detailed description and in the respect it shows and creates for this bird. I love the title and the also admirable restraint right through to the final line. It is a stunning poem that draws us back to read it again and again. Its vivid description in powerful language makes something that could be gruesome in something strangely beautiful, “The wings I open like a book:/press down, stretch out the elegant pins,/scissor through the shoulder joint – /use a knife for the sinews and skin.” The poem is well-paced and the subtle ending is strong because it contrasts with the distanced, dispassionate voice up to then.’

 

Undercurrents, Alba Publishing, June 2016

(Awarded second prize in the Haiku Society of America’s Kanterman Merit Book Award, and shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Books Award) 

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‘I can offer no higher praise of Bell’s prose than that at its best it looks and sounds positively Sebaldian, in its slightly melancholic tone and style and in its conflation of the past with the present […] Undercurrents, with its carefully sequenced thematic unity, more than adequately illustrates her considerable talent.’ Matthew Paul, Presence 56, October 2016

Undercurrents contains beautifully crafted work that arouses the senses and triggers a variety of emotions. Its various themes of history, geography, personal history and nature work in perfect harmony. The poems continue to resonate after repeated readings and the book is a worthwhile addition to our haibun                                      collections.’ –Patricia Prime in Haibun Today (for full review see here)

Undercurrents was with me all summer and I read it front to back several times. I imagine I’ll read it again, as I think Bell has something to teach us about the relationship between the prose and the haiku in haibun. …. And when it comes to that occasionally elusive so-called link-and-shift, there’s rarely a wrong note. This is a collection that bears rereading and study.’ —Bob Lucky, Contemporary Haibun Online 12.3, October 2016 

Undercurrents is an interesting and rewarding little book, not least for the way it indicates something of a shift in the dynamic of Irish verse as our poetry of place moves away from the pieties of the last century and towards a more exploratory, indeterminate mode.’ Billy Mills, Elliptical Movements (for full review see here)

‘Bell is an endlessly inventive poet, and her prose is as distinguished as her haiku poetry. The prose combines lucid information and passages of memoir; the mesh is fascinating and often touching … [her]art of haibun is exemplary and her book game changing.’ –Tom d’Evelyn, The Poem Between Blog (for full review see here)

‘A book that courses gently as the rivers it describes, startling us at times with various historical snippets from the pages and footnotes of history: Domenico Garibaldi, an Italian organ grinder – murdered, poor fellow! This is a compelling and unusual narrative, arresting us with its tenderness. You will find haiku in this book that could grace any anthology, national or international. Teeming with life and shot through with death, Undercurrents is a very welcome addition to haikai literature.’   —Gabriel Rosenstock
‘Undercurrents celebrates a plethora of connections between nature and humans and as such can be described as deeply ecological literature. Every page of these exquisite haiku and haibun enchants.’ —Maeve O’Sullivan, haiku poet and founding member of Haiku Ireland
‘Haibun in Ireland is in good hands’  —Mike Montreuil, haibun editor, A Hundred Gourds
‘Prose and poetry play off each other delightfully here. The aptness with which they are combined is deeply satisfying to both fact and felt imagination.’  —James Norton, haiku poet and founder editor of Haiku Spirit

To order Undercurrents using Paypal:

Undercurrents – Irish orders

 Undercurrents – orders outside Ireland

 

9781910185247The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work: An Anthology of Poetry by the Hibernian Writers, edited and with a Foreword by Amanda Bell. Alba Publishing, October 2015

‘Amanda Bell has done wonders in this anthology, picking up all the themes and voices of the Hibernian well-lit room of imagination.’

–Thomas McCarthy, poet

 

 

Maurice Craig: Photographs, ed. Amanda Bell, Lilliput Press, 2011

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Creative Non-fiction

Numéro Cinq featured my childhood memoir ‘Bad Weather Days‘ in the March 2017 edition

Trout’, The Clearing, February 2015

Book Chapter

‘Transcending the Urban: The Queen of Sheba’ in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on her Writing, ed. Rachel Falconer. Edinburgh University Press. 2014

Poetry

‘Why Ajo Blanco?’ accepted by The Curlew

‘Cochlea’ in the Spring issue of Skylight 47

‘Ghazal of Exodus’ accepted by The Stinging Fly

‘A Small Attendance’, The Incubator, April 2017

‘Complicit’, Poetry Ireland Review 120, December 2016

‘Bumblebees’, Cyphers 82, December 2016

‘The Ballad of Mary Anne Cadden’, The Village, Issue 49, October 2016

‘Hero’, Skylight 47, Autumn 2016

‘Winter Sun’, Crannóg, June 2016

‘Mad Jack’, The Ofi Press 47, Spring 2016

‘Buttercups’, The Ofi Press 47, Spring 2016

‘Sindhura, Andalusia,’ Southword 2016

‘Invasion’, Skylight 47, Spring 2016

‘Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind’, The Stony Thursday Book, October 2015

‘Tuam’,  The Burning Bush 2.8, Summer 2015

‘Pipistrelles’, Crannóg 39 (Summer 2015)

‘Winter Citrus’, Skylight 47, Issue 5, May 2015

‘Leonard Cohen in the O2’, ‘Fathers and What Must be Said’ Anthology, Rebel Poetry, 2014

‘Burren Vulture’, The Clearing online, September 2014 (Little Toller Books)

‘Troglodytes’, The Clearing online, September 2014 (Little Toller Books)

‘Mortuary Virgin’, Skylight 47, September 2014

‘Mulcair’, The Stinging Fly 22

‘Dark Days’, The Burning Bush 2 (6)

‘Cockle Picking’, Crannóg 35

‘The Beauty of the Game’, The Ofi Press 33

‘Solstice’, The Ofi Press 35

Haibun

 

‘So Long’, Contemporary Haibun Online (CHO) December 2016

‘Mountain Sheep’, Haibun Today (see here)

Extracts from Undercurrents in The Clearing online (see here)

‘Casings’, A Hundred Gourds, May 2016 (see here)

‘Pointillisme’, Blithe Spirit, May 2016

‘The Little Dargle’, Haibun Today, March 2016 (see here)

 ‘The Swan’, cattails, January 2016

‘The Return’, Haibun Today 9.4, December 2015 (see here)

‘Dodder River’, Blithe Spirit 25.2

‘Between the Bridges’, forthcoming in Presence 53/54

‘The River Glore’, cattails, September 2015

‘Largan Stream’, cattails, September 2015

‘The Spaddagh River’, cattails, May 2015

‘Swiftly Flowing Water’, Haibun Today 9.2 (see here)

‘Sound Wall’, A Hundred Gourds 4.4, September 2015 (see here)

Haiku/senryu

‘across the square’, forthcoming Blithe Spirit February 2017

‘the end fruit’, forthcoming Blithe Spirit February 2017

‘a blackbird’, forthcoming Blithe Spirit February 2017

‘outdoor sun salutes’, Presence 56

‘a dead jackdaw hangs’ Presence 56

‘his fiancée’, Blithe Spirit, August 2016

‘in dented grass’, Blithe Spirit, August 2016

‘discarded’, Blithe Spirit, August 2016

‘garden swing’, Blithe Spirit, May 2016

‘river walk’, cattails, May 2016

‘fledgelings gone’, Wildflower anthology (Caroline Skanne) 2016

‘my old cat’, Wildflower anthology (Caroline Skanne) 2016

‘cold blue sky’, AHG, June 2016

‘silvering’, Blithe Spirit 26.1

‘dawn mist’ haiga, One Hundred Gourds, March 2016

‘winter morning’, cattails January 2016

‘temperature rising’,  Sonic Book, December 2015

‘between cool waves’  Sonic Book, December 2015

‘limeseeds’, Blithe Spirit 25.4

‘paracetamol’, Blithe Spirit 25.4

‘another birthday’, Blithe Spirit 25.4

‘seashore foraging’,  A Hundred Gourds, December 2015

‘long-term carpark’,  A Hundred Gourds, December 2015

‘hiding in the vine’, Shamrock 32, October 2015

‘cloud shadows scudding’, Shamrock 32, October 2015

‘white haze’, Shamrock 32, October 2015

‘darting bird’s foot’, Shamrock 32, October 2015

‘Nollaig na mBan’, Shamrock 32, October 2015

‘tongues flapping’, cattails, September 2015

‘lakeshore walk’, cattails, September 2015

‘midsummer’, cattails, September 2015

‘keepbox at low tide’, A Hundred Gourds 4.4, September 2015

‘her barbed remarks’, forthcoming Presence 53

‘dawn departure’ forthcoming Presence 53

‘attracting wasps’ forthcoming Presence 53

‘not yet midsummer’, Blithe Spirit 25.3, August 2015

‘nesting time’, Blithe Spirit 25.2

‘Grand Canal’, Blithe Spirit 25.2

‘green tea’, Blithe Spirit 25.2

‘stone tongue’, Presence 52, June 2015

‘editing my prose’, cattails, May 2015 (editor’s choice)

‘loosened’, cattails, May 2015

‘the midnight path’, Shamrock Haiku Journal, February 2015

‘the tang of flowering currant’, cattails, January 2015

Papers

‘The Evolution of the Scots Language in Kathleen Jamie’s Poetry’, First World Congress of Scottish Literatures, University of Glasgow, 2-5 July 2014

‘Transcending the Urban: Kathleen Jamie’s The Queen of Sheba’, French Society for Scottish Studies Conference: Scotland and the (post)human’, Besançon, October 2013

‘Biocentrism in Theodore Roethke’s Greenhouse Poems’, ASLE UKI Conference: Composting Culture. University of Worcester, September 2012

‘An Inadvertent Romantic: Alice Oswald’s Dart’, DCU Postgraduate Conference March 2012

‘Appropriating the Language of Faith: Calvinism as Cultural Construct in the Poetry of Kathleen Jamie’ in POST: A Review of Poetry Studies IV : Poetry as Process

Book Reviews

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Peadar O’Donoghue’s Jewel; Sarah Clancy’s Thanks for Nothing, Hippies; Colm Keegan’s Don’t Go There; and Ross Hattaway’s Pretending to be Dead

Green Letters

The Irish Poet and the Natural World: An Anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics, ed. Andrew Carpenter and Lucy Collins.

Inis 

House of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar, Candlewick Press, 2016

A Seven Letter Word, by Kim Slater, MacMillan Children’s Books, 2016

Inferno, by Catherine Doyle, Chicken House, 2016

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas, Bloomsbury, 2015

We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen, Andersen Press, 2015

and Sunflower, by Cao Wenxuan, Walker Books, 2015

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness, Walker Books, 2015

The Whale That Fell in Love with a Submarine, by Akiyuki Nosaka, Pushkin Children’s Books, 2015

Come Into This Poem by Tony Mitton, Janetta Otter Barry Books, 2011

A is Amazing, Wendy Cooling ed., Janetta Otter Barry Books

Does Your Face Fit? Poems About Fitting In and Standing Out, compiled by Roger Stevens, A&C Black 2011

What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens, Macmillan Children’s Books, 2014

Stars in Jars: New and Collected Poems by Chrissie Gittens, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2014

Let’s Play, Debjani Chatterjee and Brian d’Arcy eds, Francis Lincoln Children’s Books

Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell, Hot Key Books 2014

Bombmaker by Claire McFall, Templar, 2014

Seeds of Liberty by Claire Hennessy, Poolbeg, 2014

We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

The Moonshine Dragon, by Cornelia Funke

Children are Naughty, by Vincent Cuvellier

The Fish in the Bathtub, by Eoin Colfer

Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis

Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothée de Fombelle

Stormclouds by Brian Gallagher

Across the Divide by Brian Gallagher

Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Penny Dreadful by Joanna Nadin

Prometheus Unplugged by Alan Murphy

Partners in Crime by Nigel Hinton