Laurence O’Dwyer’s second collection, The Lighthouse Journal, will be launched on Culture Night 2020 (Ireland) – September 18th – in cooperation with the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and supported by Tipperary County Council Arts Office.
The Lighthouse Journal is an ode on the future of Litløy, a small remote island located six miles from the Norwegian coast and one hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is narrated via the camaraderie of manual labour during restoration of the lighthouse which was originally built in 1912.
The multimedia launch showcases The Lighthouse Journal with an interactive app created by Malte Olsson (Macalaus Studios) and features narrated poems, music, maps, photography and video footage from regions of Vesterålen and Lofoten. Accompanying the app is a short film with narration of the poems by Donal Gallagher (Asylum Productions); both app and film were commissioned by Tipperary County Council Arts Office
Selections from The Lighthouse Journal have been published in Poetry Ireland Review, The North (UK), Mudlark (USA), Chaleur (USA) and Cyphers (Ireland). Other distinctions include the Yeovil Poetry Prize, a nomination for a Pushcart Prize (USA) and publication in translation in Norway’s oldest literary journal Vinduet.