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No Remedy finds Jean Bleakney preoccupied with loss. Even her trademark landscapes and flowers are coloured by it. She remains attentive to the fizz of language; tipping her hat to dictionaries, poetry and the vernacular with verve and humour. But then she wades into 20th century Irish history via The Quiet Man, harvesting irony and coincidence; triggering a darkening autobiographical sequence from a time and place especially harrowed by ‘The Troubles’.
Jean Bleakney was born in 1956 in Newry where her father was a Border Customs Officer. She has worked in medical research and horticulture. Selected Poems was published in 2016 to coincide with the appearance of her work on the GCE Advanced Level syllabus in Northern Ireland.