An­thol­ogy is yet an­other time­less trea­sury

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - BOOKS - HI­LARY A WHITE

Fly sta­ble, pens a white-hot med­i­ta­tion on sis­ter­hood and iso­la­tion in You’re Go­ing to For­get Who I Am Be­fore I For­get Who You Are.

When he re­laxes the heavy gothic at­mo­spher­ics (“The kitchen’s flu­o­res­cent top light keeps at bay the dark press­ing against the win­dow, an an­cient feel­ing of some­thing un­seen want­ing to get in”), Paul Lynch’s mini-saga about young men lamp­ing deer takes off. The tale is called The Al­pha­bet of Trees, and is one of many en­er­gies rep­re­sented here.

On the other end of the tonal scale, for ex­am­ple, is Kevin Gildea’s Guest Book of the Na­tion. In it, the writer and wit goes for all-out comic in­trigue as a B&B owner on the west coast wel­comes in two Amer­i­cans late one stormy night. An­other tem­per­a­ture al­to­gether comes from Cristin Leach’s dark do­mes­tic psy­chosis in Yes I Said Yes.

Bridg­ing that world and the rest of the con­tent in Win­ter Pa­pers 3 is Barry him­self, who di­aries his good-old-bad-old days as a baby jour­nal­ist in Lim­er­ick along­side Joanne Betty Con­lon’s slightly eerie black and white pho­tos of the city taken in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

This is worth it alone for Barry’s anec­dote about get­ting a friendly lift home from the gar­dai while hal­lu­ci­nat­ing, but the al­most in­ci­den­tal feel­ing of the words along­side the im­agery does have a seis­mic qual­ity.

Some bril­liant in­ter­views lit­ter the vol­ume — just as we’ve come to ex­pect — as kin­dred spir­its are linked up by our edi­tors to sub­lime ef­fect. Au­thor Peter Mur­phy’s con­ver­sa­tion with the bril­liant film­maker Pat Collins will be an en­gross­ing por­trait for any­one vaguely fa­mil­iar with his work. Sara Baume and Con­nemara visual artist Dorothy Cross is also a match that makes per­fect sense.

Else­where, an es­say by Claire Louise-ben­nett about the work of dancer Mary Nu­nan ex­pands out into an ex­am­i­na­tion of the artis­tic tem­per­a­ment. The View From Above is an­other beau­ti­fully ren­dered treat­ment, this time by Jes­sica Traynor and about the Blue Rain­coat The­atre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of Shack­le­ton.

This is the beauty of Win­ter Pa­pers — it pro­vides a con­flu­ence for rivers such as these be­fore bind­ing the re­sults in the shape of a time­less trea­sury.

Keep ’em com­ing, we say.

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