‘Good things come to those who wait’ as the saying goes. For Derry poet Lynne Edgar, this is particularly true.
Next weekend, Friday, October 21, will see the launch of Lynne’s first collection, ‘Trapeze’ at Derry’s Playhouse on Artillery Street.
The collection is being published by Belfast-based Lapwing Publications, and although she had never envisaged such a bold career move, Lynne is thrilled at the prospect of seeing her own poetry in print.
It was through the Open University that Lynne first discovered poetry in 2005. “I was reluctantly introduced to poetry,” she told the ‘Journal’ this week. “I wasn’t interested, but necessity forced me to think about it. Somehow I got hooked and soon I was scribbling away, I suppose you could call it a road to Damascus experience.”
It was to be several years before Lynne took her passion to a new level with a six month poetry mentoring scheme run by LitNet NI. With Arts Council funding, Lynne was mentored by celebrated NI poet Moyra Donaldson. The result was ‘Trapeze’, her first collection of poems.
“Moyra suggested I send it to Lapwing, a poetry publisher in Belfast,” she explains.
“I had no great expectations so I was pretty bowled over when I got word to say they were going to publish it. That sense of achievement was matched again when one of the poems from the collection was published in Poetry Ireland Review, Ireland’s leading poetry publication. I still smile when I think about it!
“It has been an incredible experience for someone who up until recent years had no idea who W. B. Yeats or Seamus Heaney was!”
2011 will no doubt be a year to remember for this modest Derry writer. “The early part of this year has been eventful,” Lynne reveals. “First I turned fifty, then my son told me I was to be a first time grandmother, then within twenty-four hours I heard that a collection of my poems was to be published!”
‘Trapeze’ will be on sale at Shipquay Books, Shipquay Street, Little Acorns, Bedlam Market, Pump Street and Foyle Books. They will also be available in e-book form from Google Books.
Lynne Edgar’s ‘Trapeze’ will be launched at The Playhouse next Friday, October 21 at 7pm.