ANOTHERFINEMESS:PECULIARAND AMUSING WAYS TO DIE ANNIE WEST New Island, ¤18.95
“I admit I spent many days sitting in Irish class writing lists of Ways to Kill Peig Sayers.” The artist, illustrator, Ben Bulben caretaker and Twitter star Annie West (@anniewestdotcom) has turned her attention – and her imagination – to Death, in particular to some of the more ignominious in history and legend. The survey is chronological, starting with Sisyphus, and includes, among many, Sir Walter Raleigh and Liz I, Lewis and Clark, poor Peig and Sartre’s existential demise. There is a falling tortoise, a killer joke, dangerous make-up, aliens and the truth of what really happened on the Mary Celeste. West’s work is instantly identifiable: bold colours that leap off the page, images packed with telling detail and the frequent appearance of domesticated animals, crowd scenes, Irish literary figures and subterranean monsters. If in the coming weeks you find yourself celebrating a pagan festival appropriated by the early Christians during which commonly gifts are exchanged, then this should be just the ticket.