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Catherine Gander Book Launch

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Join us in No Alibis bookstore for the exciting launch of Catherine Gander’s poetry collection ‘Matches’.

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‘Matches holds its fierce and sudden light close to us, revealing the hidden world of domestic violence. Inch by inch, Catherine Gander explores the anatomy of abuse, allowing the reader to inhabit the darkest and loneliest of places with her. Through deftly woven images and brilliant sequences, we witness how a woman can be taken apart: this is echoed in how poems are dismantled before our eyes’ – Olga Dermott-Bond

‘Matches is a profound act of witness. It testifies to the chilling realities of intimate partner abuse, failed escape-routes and quiet, everyday attempts at survival. Gander is a fearless voice, skilfully crafting and elevating wounded experience out of a hidden place into a new home lit by language. How grateful I am that such a poet exists, persisting against silence, insisting upon difficult truths. Here is a book, like a sharp balm, that stings, calms, and transforms.’ – Annemarie Ní Churreáin


Catherine Gander was born in England and now lives in Ireland. Her poetry has appeared in numerous places, including Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, On the Seawall, Palette, and Firmament, and she is the co-author of the poetry pamphlet Sea Between Us. An academic and critic, Catherine is co-founder of the Poetry & Poetics series with Karl O’Hanlon at Maynooth University and has won awards from the Irish Research Council and the Irish Writers’ Centre to work on diversity and mentorship programmes in poetry criticism, and to develop her own writing.




February 28
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


No Alibis Bookstore


No Alibis Bookstore
83 Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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