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Where It Began

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Michael Durack grew up on a farm near Birdhill in County Tipperary. He was educated at Nenagh CBS and University College Dublin and worked as a teacher at Nenagh CBS for thirty-six  years. He was a founder member of Killaloe Writers Group.  He is the author of a chapbook, Nothing To Write Home About (Derg House), a comic narrative in verse, A Hairy Tale Of Clare (East Clare Telecottage) and a memoir in prose and poetry, Saved To Memory: Lost To View (Limerick Writers Centre.) With his brother, Austin, he collaborates on a programme of poetry and music, and together they have produced two albums, The Secret Chord (2013) and Going Gone (2015.)  Michael now lives in Ballina, Co. Tipperary.

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Where It Began brings together poems produced over a period of twenty-five years. The poems which are written in diverse styles, formal and informal, address a wide range of themes including growing up, memory, sport, music, family and the craft of writing. Some were written for the pure love of words. The collection includes poems of celebration and mourning, connection and separation, and reflections on the historic past giving way to (and sometimes surviving) the inexorable onrush of the present.