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Aoife Duncan
Visual Artist
Roscommon, Ireland

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social: @holy_holy_midlands
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From my [Mother's] Time and Before : Poems on a Demolished School Building (2021)

New Poetry Chapbook Summer 2021

This chapbook (a small collection of poems) was written in response to my old secondary school being demolished this year. St Joseph's College Summerhill was an all girls Catholic secondary school in Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland. I attended from 2006 to 2011, and my mother also attended the school twenty years previous, from 1981 to 1986.

I live in the Summerhill area and watched the various stages of the demolition process unfold. I walked my dog around the grounds most days, sometimes multiple times a day during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns. The diggers stripped away walls revealing parts of classroom interiors that had changed little since I was there as a student. I recognised many, if not all of the objects sticking out of the skips.

This inspired me to explore my relationship with the materiality of the building by distilling my memories into poems. This is the first text based outcome of my creative practice.

CHAPBOOK COMING SUMMER 2021 INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!

14 Poems
36 Pages
12 Illustrations - (5 Full Colour, 7 Black & White)
Paperback

(Link to purchase will be available here)



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