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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Guildhall Press; 1st edition (8 Nov. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1906271518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906271510
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RAIN SPILL is Jenni Doherty's debut solo collection of poetry and prose, creating the illusion of a water dance through the use of Rain, Ocean, Mist, Fog, Frost, Storm, Snow and Rainbow as metaphors to capture a sense of place and belonging, of experience and emotion, of life and lessons learnt.

Some pieces have evolved naturally while others have been created for the purpose of live performance or as topical commentary for broadcast or newspaper.

Tender, light and humorous in places yet coarse, raw and unforgiving in others, this is a spill of thoughts, imaginations, fictions, ideas and realities gathered over the last two decades.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenni's background ranges from publishing, journalism, bookselling and the public library service to facilitating creative writing workshops, organising literary events and performing poetry.

Versions of her work have appeared in the Belfast Newsletter, Belfast Telegraph, Citizen 32, Derry Journal, Derry News, Fingerpost, Hot Press, Inishowen Independent, Inish Times, Irish News, Irish Press, The Orbit, Speech Therapy, Unquiet Desperation, Witsnapper and Word Flight (The Stoners' Press), and broadcast on BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Ulster, Drive 105FM and Inishowen Community Radio.

Other publishing credits include project coordinator, editor and contributor to Moments: short stories, poetry and drama (2011), Wonderful World of Worders (2007), EVE... A Celebration of Creative Women (2006); editor of The Foyle Fisheries by Alex Carlin (1996); contributor to City of Music - Derry's Music Heritage (2009) and co-author of That Land Beyond (1993), all published by Guildhall Press.

RAIN SPILL is her first solo collection and is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise Ward on 6 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
Rain Spill is a lovely collection. Using the weather, in particular water, as metaphors and inspiration, Jenni recognises how we let the weather control how we go about our lives. She feels that it is also part of her language, which she illustrates through the collection with Irish proverbs. Under the titles 'Rain', 'Ocean', 'Mist', 'Fog', 'Frost', 'Storm', 'Snow' and 'Rainbow', this is a generous collection of over seventy pieces of work, 'a spill of thought, imagination, fiction, ideas and realities'.
Many poems and writings reflect on her youthful experiences. In 'Sunday Ribbons', Doherty states with clever word play, "Aye, I was bold then./ Bowled over then./ It was the music, the mood, the company, the world;".
Jenni's work is emotive and passionate. It's not 'arty-farty' but about real people in a real world; drinking, smoking, loving and living. It's about women and it's often full of humour, but at other times it's angry and hard. In a funny prose piece 'My Funny Valentine (Or April Fool)' she extols the value of humour in a man. She doesn't want a celebrity, "Paul [Newman] (too old), Brad (too taken), Jim [Morrison] (too buried)," but one who makes her laugh, "A funny guy gets in your system (where a beautiful one gets in your bathroom and steals your face packs) and he stays put". This collection is just peppered with great lines like that that either take you aback, make you snigger or in some cases just make your lips curl with a smile at her obvious joy in life.
The nature of the book, poems, soundbites, prose pieces, means that it doesn't have to be read in one sitting but can be dipped into at leisure for a burst of the very real Jenni Doherty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By portia on 8 Dec. 2012
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Jenni Doherty's (long awaited) debut collection of poetry and prose bustles with the creative energy of a vibrant woman reaching the peak of her powers and is permeated with her empathy with her native Donegal. She gives us the county's rugged coastal landscape and lifestyle in all its seasons as a pathetic fallacy for her own moods and emotions, loves and losses, reflections and philosophy. At times majestic, intimate, poignant and witty, the collection houses marvellous one liners and intricately clever word play. It's a collection to dip into, and return to, again and again. Honest, brave, perceptive, self-deprecating, warm, the writer's personality shines through her words as a voice for twenty first century women everywhere. More, please....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Kenny on 16 Dec. 2012
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great wee read, and something really great to dip in and out of, it is beside my bed and picked up when I need inspiration
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