Key to the Highway (Collected Poems) by Hugh McFadden

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These collected verses trace my literary life, which began in the Nineteen-Sixties when I enrolled as a student at University College Dublin in Earlsfort Terrace, and encountered several poets who influenced me at that time, including John Jordan, Patrick Kavanagh, Paul Durcan and Michael Hartnett. I dedicate these verses now to Elizabeth Hayes McFadden, my children, and grandchildren.


Hugh McFadden He was born in Derry but has lived in Dublin since early childhood. He was educated at Synge Street C.B.S, Dublin, and at University College Dublin, where he read History and Political Science (B.A., 1966) and took an M.A. in History with a thesis on George Russell, AE (1968). He has worked as a Tutor in History, and as a Tutor in Politics, at U.C.D.  He also taught in a grammar school in London. From 1969 to 1971 he worked as a researcher and editorial assistant with the Irish Manuscripts Commission on the editing of The Correspondence of Daniel O’Connell (I.U.P. & Blackwater Press, 8 vols.); and has lectured on media at th  e Dublin Institute of Technology. He has had poems published in many literary magazines, including Aquarius, Belfast Review, Broadsheet, Cyphers, Irish University Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Revival, and the Stony Thursday Book. A collection of verse, Cities of Mirrors, was published by Beaver Row Press, Dublin in the 1980s. A second collection, Pieces of Time, was published in 2004 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. His Selected Poems, entitled Elegies & Epiphanies, was published by Lagan Press in 2005. A fourth collection, Empire of Shadows, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. He has worked as a freelance journalist and literary critic in Dublin, and formerly was a staff journalist with the Irish Press group of newspapers. He has reviewed and written for many newspapers and journals. His selected Prose, Organic Words, was published in 2019 by The Limerick Writers’ Centre. He is the executor of the literary estate of the Irish writer John Jordan, the founding editor of Poetry Ireland Review (& editor of its predecessor, Poetry Ireland) and has edited his Selected & Collected Poems, Collected Stories and Selected Prose, Crystal Clear.