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"I loved these poems. They drew me into Carey's imagination and the richness of the life they portray" Susan Haigh's review of DISTANCE for the Dundee University Arts Review. Read the full review here:

'DISTANCE... contains some of the most luminous examples of writing I have seen in a long time.'       Roisin Kelly's review of DISTANCE for Southword Journal. Read it here...

'Ron Carey's debut, Distance,(Revival Press 2015) deals tenderly and directly with memories of growing up in, and coming to terms with, the tribulations of postwar Ireland. The most moving pieces paced with the gentle regularity of loose pentameter, are brave, heartbreaking recollections.' Theophilus Kwek's Review for the London Magazine of the Forward Prize Best First Collection 2016. 

'These acts recall 20th century boyhood in Ireland (and in this Carey invites comparisons with Heaney and before him Kavanagh).'   Read Martyn Crucefix's review of 'DISTANCE' here.

'Carey's "Upstairs" ...felt so important when read aloud, but also had me desperate to follow the lines on the page: So light. Oh! Sarah you are SO light. I carry her / Up. I wasn't the only one crying.' Katherine Mennis's review of the Forward Prize readings for Cherwell. Read the full review here:

  'This collection is fully realised and deeply felt.' Read Becky Varley-Winter's review of DISTANCE in Sabotage Reviews. 

'How I Did It' Read my piece for the Poetry School:

Read the Lagan Press Review of 'DISTANCE' here

Interview with Shauna Gilligan on her blog 'Shaunaswriting'

'DISTANCE' was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016, the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Ron Carey Poetry