gorse no. 10 launch

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Please join us in celebrating the launch of GORSE No. 10, on Wednesday 29 August 2018, in Studio 6 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, with readings from the issue by Christodoulos Makris, Gregory Betts, and Colin Graham, plus a screening of a film by Lies Van Gasse and Rosalind Buck. Free to attend, refreshments available.

Small press

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In the current print edition of The Idler (58), David Collard ‘has a perfect day with Little Island Press and Gorse magazine.’ Collard, an early champion of Eimear McBride, wanders through Dublin (‘In Ireland at the end of September I spent a day that I wouldn’t mind repeating endlessly, Groundhog-style…’), taking in sites mentioned in Flann O’Brien’s Dalkey Archive, as well as the launch of David Hayden’s Darker With the Lights On. Of gorse, he writes:

Shedding Poetry’s National Baggage

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Christodoulos Makris writing for Versopolis:

…If and when it enters the public arena, poetry becomes a vehicle for the propagation of the nation state, a tourist promotion of sorts.

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Increasingly in our aggressively nationalist times, inwardness is thought of as high virtue; insularity and stubbornness of vision are promoted as signs of a courageous up-holding of supposedly threatened heritage and values. But if an insular or marginalised community finds itself wielding a dominance of sorts, a force to be exerted upon the further-marginalised, where to for inwardness then? In what way is power to be understood?