Merrion Press present the launch of In Another World, a unique trip through Belfast, mapped into the mystic through the timeless music of Van ‘the Man’ Morrison. With guest speaker Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor for The Irish Times.
“In Another World: Van Morrison” and Belfast’s aptly soulful and inventive prose stems from the electric wit of acclaimed poet and fellow Belfast man, Gerald Dawe. Struck by the extraordinary brand of rhythm and blues that was Morrison’s brainchild, Dawe’s book is a celebration of the inspirations that underlie Morrison’s music. Silhouetted in the work is a vibrant and moody Belfast; the formative influence of the pre-Troubles northern capital.
Dawe’s writing transmutes the tender and unforgettable strains of Morrison’s work, from the release in 1968 of Astral Weeks to the publication in 2014 of Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics. A powerful tribute to mark Van Morrison’s accomplishments, In Another World taps into his legacy’s eclectic soul and is kin to its enchantments.
“Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy. It’s as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity – such a virtue – is a moral matter.” – Richard Ford on Gerald Dawe