The Woman on the Other Side is Stephanie Conn’s debut poetry collection, published by Doire Press.
‘Wonderfully wide-ranging… this first collection concerns itself with the light and dark of our lives… The poems are vivid and sensual, singing with a clear, honest voice. A beautifully realised debut from a prize-winning poet.’ – Moyra Donaldson
‘Conn lays bare tensions between the domestic and the sexual, the natural and supernatural from a fiercely feminine perspective.‘ – Medbh McGuckian
Copeland’s Daughter was winner of the Poetry Business Pamphlet Prize and published by Smith/Doorstep in June 2016.
‘This collection deserves a high place in the tradition of the poet as naturalist. Precise description rendered in physical language lifts these poems off the page and into the sensory ken of the reader. One poem, “The First Lighthouse” should be read in every classroom.’ Billy Collins
‘These tense poems narrate a search by a poet on a familial quest for lost intimate territory focused on a small landmass off the east coast of Ireland, but in reality buried deep in an interior elusive, layered and salty. But though the crossing is wanted, there is nothing expected about the discoveries: the search offers genuine surprises, not least for the poet herself, over and over again, as each poem unfolds: “The skull of a small bird,/stripped bare, reveals teeth at the end of the beak”. From Voyager 2 to a butter churn, from fin whales to the naming of storms, Stephanie Conn is a gifted and astonished guide to an extraordinary island life, at once naturally familiar and psychically and irresistibly appalling.’ Damian Smyth
Stephanie would like to acknowledge the kind assistance and support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.