Launch of Exile and Other Poems by Amit Mediratta

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


Amit-Mediratta will launch his collection of poetry Exile and other songs in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop on Friday the 30th of August

Friday the 30th of September at 6.30pm for the launch ofAmit Mediratta‘s Exile and Other Poems, his thirteenth collection of writing. The collection will be launched by poet Michael Faherty, and will gather together work previously published at his exhibition openings in limited quantity, and will be the first definitive edition of his early poetry – beautifully presented on vellum paper and hand-signed in silver ink. The title will be produced by Amit Mediratta Publications, the imprint established by the artist last year. Check out the Galway Advertiser review, in this week’s issue, or here!

Exile Songs and other Poems opens with a series of writings originally addressed to a deceased friend and mentor as part of a number of correspondences following the latter’s death. They comprise nostalgic reflections on the poet’s adolescence, and a subsequent transition to adulthood that engages with a probing, experimental search for value and purpose. Written in a style that is simultaneously romantic, satirical and grotesque, Mediratta’s writings dissolve the moral constraints of language to produce works that document an autobiographical account of a wanderer through existence. The result is a timeless collection that echoes – and furthers – the preoccupations of writers such as Swift, Blake, Nietzsche and Hesse.

Born in Sligo in 1983 and of Indian origin, Mediratta has contributed to the arts in Galway through a prolific output of exhibitions and published collections. At present, he researches and teaches with the Philosophy Department at NUI Galway.

Exile Songs and other Poems will be launched at 6pm on Friday, August 30th, and will be available for purchase at Charlie Byrne’s and via all major online book retailers. The invited speaker will be poet Michael Faherty. For more information, see

Everyone is welcome to attend!



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