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“The Boiler Room” An exploration of family, his experiences of school as a pupil and teacher, identity and personal struggle.
The principal concern in writing poetry has always been to search for dignity and meaning in people’s lives, despite their, and my own inevitable human flaws”. A highly anticipated debut from this Waterford poet of note.
A native of Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Frank Farrelly is recently retired from teaching English and French in Mount Sion Secondary School, Waterford. He holds an M.A. in English Literature. His poetry has appeared in The Shop, Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Examiner, RTE Poem of The Day, Fish Anthology, Revival, The Stinging Fly, The Moth, Crannog, The Honest Ulsterman and other magazines.
He won the Rush Poetry Prize and was runner up in Poets Meet Politics, North West Words, and The Doolin Prize, and was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Contest. He was shortlisted in Cuirt New Writing and The Trim Poetry Prize. With the help of a Waterford Artlinks bursary, he published a poetry chapbook, Close To Home, in 2017.
In 2019 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. ‘The Boiler Room’ (Revival Press)is his first full poetry collection. Frank lives in Waterford City with his wife Marie. He has three daughters.