Grief’s Broken Brow is a collection of commemorative poems by ten established and emerging poets accompanied by a suite of three new artworks by James Earley. The poems and artwork were inspired by archival material and artefacts from the War of Independence or the Civil War. Poets featured in the book include Bebe Ashley, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Martina Evans, Seán
Hewitt, Nithy Kasa, Victoria Kennefick, Aifric Mac Aodha, Paul Muldoon, Padraig Regan, and Stephen Sexton. Dr. Lucy Collins provides context for the collection in a foreword while Commandant Daniel Ayiotis, Director of The Military Archives, reflects on the creative use of archives in the afterword. This fine press artist’s book was hand printed by Jamie Murphy at The Salvage Press and bound by Duffy bookbinders in Dublin.

L-R Catherine Wilsdon, Catriona Cannon, Evelyn Flanagan, Marie Boran at University of Galway Library

This beautiful publication is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media as Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023. One of the key principles underpinning the Decade of Centenaries Programme is inclusivity and accessibility for all. As such, copies of Grief’s Broken Brow have been gifted to County and City Library services across the island as well as other major repositories as a meaningful and lasting legacy of Poetry as Commemoration. Over the past few months, the Poetry as Commemoration team have had the pleasure of presenting Grief’s Broken Brow to the repositories listed below.

List of public repositories where Grief’s Broken Brow can be consulted:

UCD Special Collections
The National Library of Ireland
British Library
Library of Congress
Trinity College Dublin Library
University of Galway Library
University of Limerick Library
University College Cork Library
Dublin City University Library
Maynooth University Library
Technical University Dublin Library
Queen’s University Belfast Library
Ulster University Library
Burns Library, Boston College
Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame
Bodleian Library, Oxford
University Library, Cambridge
Royal Irish Academy Library
National Gallery of Ireland
Carlow County Library
Cavan County Library
Clare County Library
Cork City Library
Cork County Library
Fingal County Library
Donegal Library
Dublin City Libraries
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Library
South Dublin County Libraries – Tallaght
Galway County Library
Kerry County Library
Kildare County Library
Kilkenny County Library
Laois County Library
Leitrim County Library
Limerick County Library
Longford County Library
Louth County Library
Mayo County Library
Meath County Library
Monaghan County Library
Offaly County Library
Roscommon County Library
Sligo County Library
Tipperary County Library
Waterford County Library
Westmeath County Library
Wexford County Library
Wicklow County Library
Linen Hall Library
Belfast Central Library
Belfast Central Library
Derry Central Library
Newry City Library
Enniskillen Library
Omagh Library