Joseph O’Connor’s STAR OF THE SEA, Prologue

We had chopped across a filthy-tempered Irish Sea and docked at Kingstown to take on provisions; then crept down the jagged south-east coast, making for Queenstown in the county of Cork (or ‘Cobh’ as it is known in the Gaelic language). Seeing Wicklow glide past, or Wexford or Waterford, seemed to many a bitter taunt, a poultice being ripped from a putrefying wound. A consumptive blacksmith from the town of Bunclody jumped the upperdeck rail near Forlorn Point and was last seen swimming weakly towards the shore, every last shred of his will employed to bring him back to the place where his death was certain.

Star of the Sea, by Joseph O’Connor: Prologue, page xvi

Photo Credit: Andrew de Jesus

Photo Credit: Andrew de Jesus

It’s a novel of the potato famine and the Irish immigration to America. And self saw the play of it last night in Galway.

Shattering. The woman sitting next to self couldn’t speak afterwards, she was crying so much.

Stay tuned.

Grid: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self has been off the grid for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, as she was travelling. But now she’s settled, so here is her first attempt at GRID (“Let’s take the humble grid out of the shadows”). They were all taken last summer, in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

The first two shots are windows because self loves windows. And she has always loved windows. These are some of the windows In Unit # 2 in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, where she spent most of the summer.

She also loves how red is given such prominence in the UK: the red phone booths, the red of uniforms, red walls, red paint trim. In everyday life in the UK, there are greater chances of encountering something colored bright red than in America:

Window, Unit # 2, Annaghmakerrig

Window, Unit # 2, Annaghmakerrig

Another Window, Annaghmakerrig

Another Window, Annaghmakerrig

In Self's Writing Studio, Unit # 2 in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig

In Self’s Writing Studio, Unit # 2 in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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