The Lighthouse Journal



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Laurence O’Dwyer’s second collection, The Lighthouse Journal, was launched on Culture Night 2020 (Ireland) – September 18th – in cooperation with the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and supported by Tipperary County Council Arts Office.


                        LISTEN TO "The Old Light"  CLICK HERE

                        LISTEN TO "The Blue Line"  CLICK HERE

                        LISTEN TO "Si Phan Don"    CLICK HERE

The Lighthouse Journal is an ode on the future of Litløy, a small remote island located six miles from the Norwegian coast and one hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is narrated via the camaraderie of manual labour during restoration of the lighthouse which was originally built in 1912.

The multimedia launch showcases The Lighthouse Journal with an interactive app created by Malte Olsson (Macalaus Studios) and features narrated poems, music, maps, photography and video footage from regions of Vesterålen and Lofoten. Accompanying the app is a short film with narration of the poems by Donal Gallagher (Asylum Productions); both app and film were commissioned by Tipperary County Council Arts Office 

Selections from The Lighthouse Journal have been published in Poetry Ireland ReviewThe North (UK), Mudlark (USA), Chaleur (USA) and Cyphers (Ireland). Other distinctions include the Yeovil Poetry Prize, a nomination for a Pushcart Prize (USA) and publication in translation in Norway’s oldest literary journal Vinduet. 

Laurence O’Dwyer’s work has been recognised with a Van Cleef & Arpels Special Fellowship in Poetry from the Bogliasco Foundation, as well as fellowships from the Rensing Center and MacDowell. He has also received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry and a Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He holds a PhD in paradigms of memory formation from Trinity College Dublin.


“Laurence O’Dwyer is one of a rare few who go to find, in thought and foreign countries, how the future might work in poetry.”

Brian Lynch, poet and novelist, member of Aosdána

“the language and subtle humour are brilliant”

Austin Duffy, Sunday Independent

“an intriguing blend of Joseph Conrad with more recent aspects of nature and travel writing”

Martin Malone, Poetry Ireland Review

“an epic poem…a narrative that twists and turns in the same way a distant light might appear to a ship lost at sea.”

Jeff Alessandrelli, Kenyon Review

ISBN 9781911132554

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