Living Water by Bernie Crawford (Due April 2021)

Debut collection from poet, Berni Crawford. Due April 2021

Bernie Crawford’s debut collection has been obviously on its way for a while now. In truth, if there were any justice in the poetry world, which there absolutely isn’t, it would have been already out there and up for all the prizes. Bernie is beyond serious about the art of poetry; every poem has the shine of perfect editing. And yet the authentic voice of the first draft remains.

Kevin Higgins

About the Book

“This compelling debut from Bernie Crawford celebrates the vicissitudes of life with poems that are tender, compassionate and wise. A feminist and humanitarian vision lies at the heart of this lyrical collection as it travels across generations and from Ireland to Lesotho, giving us vibrant poems for our times.”

Jane Clarke 

Bernie Crawford’s Living Water has the clarity and free flow of spring water, her light precise touch cutting through the shadows and bumps on the road of life. Place is important and deeply felt — whether it’s a poem about a newspaper wrapped in Limerick and delivered to Lesotho or a meditation beside Jacob’s well— here is a full life lived with courage.

Martina Evans

Series: Coming Soon
Tag: Poetry
Publisher: Chaffinch Press
Publication Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Length: 90 Pages
ISBN: 9781838104177
List Price: 11.99
About the Author
Bernie Crawford

Bernie Crawford, originally from County Limerick, lives near the sea in Co Galway. She has taught at second level in Galway and in Lesotho. Always an advocate for women’s rights, she completed an MA in Women Studies at York University after which she worked on the Irish Bilateral Aid programme in Zambia and Tanzania in the 1990’s. She returned to Galway and teaching in the early noughties with her two young daughters.

Her poetry has been published in Irish and international journals and anthologies including The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, the North magazine, The Stony Thursday Book and Mslexia. She was the winner of New Irish Writing in the Irish Times in January 2020, the 2019 North West Words competition and 2017 Poetry Ireland/Trocaire competition. She was placed second in the 2018 Blue Nib Summer Chapbook Contest and a selection of her poetry was published in the Blue Nib’s third chapbook. In 2019 she was awarded a bursary by Galway County Council to work towards a debut collection.

She is a co-editor of the popular poetry magazine Skylight 47. She co-founded a Poetry Reading Group in Oranmore Library which meets every month and she facilitates creative writing classes with the Oranmore Active Retirement Group.