Book Club: Pity for the Wicked

The first of our three featured books this month is Brian Lynch’s long poem, Pity for the Wicked. He uses the simplest of rhyme schemes to underscore the banality and the horror of ‘political’ murder in Northern Ireland. It’s a relatively short read compared to the other two featured books (The Pope’s Children and Reading in the Dark). Read along with us and join in the discussion when we review the all three by podcast at the end of month. If you don’t already have a copy, you can order a copy from Read Ireland or directly from the poet himself. €15 or £10 covers postage.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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  • Canadian

    Umm… Mick that last link to “the poet himself” leads to a realestate agent in North Carolina, USA!

    Is that reight?

  • hes right, you know & i certainly would buy a house off either of the featured tubes.

  • Mick Fealty

    It should be sorted now.

  • Crow

    Who is the woman pictured on the cover? Was she the woman killed in a east Belfast loyalist drinking den, when mistaken for a catholic?

  • missfitz

    Buy the book and find out

  • Mick Fealty

    The woman on the cover is Margaret Wright, murdered by the Red Hand Commando in an illegal drinking club ‘down at the end of Meridi Street’, near the Donegall Road on 6 April 1994.

    But Miss Fitz is right, you should get the book.