Great support for Philip's new book

By amy lewis

Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

Mary O'Brien, Betty Forde, Davy Hynes and Frances Flanagan enjoying the launch.
Mary O'Brien, Betty Forde, Davy Hynes and Frances Flanagan enjoying the launch.
Jack Quirke, Dan Flaherty and Padraig Quirke.
Elaine, Shonagh and Michael McCourt.
Margaret Galvin, Philip Quirke, Fr Aodhan Marken, Ibar Quirke and Nicola McGrath of Wexford Library.

There was a huge turnout in Wexford Library last Tuesday to celebrate the launch of Wexford writer Philip Quirke's second poetry collection.

'Bruised Reeds' is the follow up to Philip's highly-acclaimed book of poems 'Journey to the Shore', published in 2009. Fans of the Wexford poet turned out to show their support on the night, as did Fr. Aodhan Marken, Admn of Wexford Parish and the special guest speaker for the event.

In his latest collection of poems, Philip celebrates the natural and social world through the medium of poetry. A reader's overview says that he does this with a 'keen, reverent sensitivity.'

Philip's work has been widely published, featuring in well-respected publications which include The Shop, Coffee House Poetry and Poetry in Motion. His work has also featured on the pages of several local newspapers.

Born in 1950, Philip grew up in Alvina Brook in Bishopswater. He was formerly a priest in the Diocese of Ferns and also worked as a teacher at Wexford CBS.

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