Peg a natural with the pen

SHE'S been described by renowned poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice as 'a natural formalist' and this week Ballyhahill poet Peg Prendiville will showcase exactly what he means when she launches her latest book of poetry, The Purple Pencil.

Peg explains that the latest collection is a celebration and exploration in poetic form of the everyday life of a daughter, friend, wife and mother and the changes that life inevitably brings. The book, which has been highly praised by a number of well known poets, will be launched by renowned Irish singer Nóirín Ní Riain at Newcastle West Library, this Friday at 8pm

Gabriel Fitzmaurice describes Peg's poems as "songs of praise, blessing the blackness of life in this valley of tears", while writer Jo Slade says that Peg writes with quiet confidence about the heart and home and the natural world - her poems resonating with universal themes such as familial love, loss, grief, joy and wisdom.

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