The Bright Room


The Bright Room is Michael McCarthy’s fourth full collection. His first, Birds’ Nests and Other Poems, won the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His second, At the Races, was the overall winner of The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet competition judged by Michael Longley. His third, The Healing Station, was chosen by Hilary Mantel as a Book of the Year in The Guardian in 2015. Michael was born in West Cork and worked as a priest in North Yorkshire. He died in July 2018.

Here are stories that hold: from childhood in rural County Cork to an adult life lived largely in parish ministry; from stories of travel worldwide  to those spun up out of the nearly nowhere of imagination. And no shortage of humour: cheeky, fantastical, self-deprecating.
– Gillian Allnut

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The Bright Room brings together poems written over the last decade. This outstanding book confirms Michael McCarthy as an insightful storyteller: wise and grounded in the everyday the poems nevertheless celebrate the numinous moments in all our lives.

As poet and as priest, Michael McCarthy in this book bears a sort of witness to the world, at that point where the ordinary touches upon the eternal.
– Bill Herbert