Waking Light

Kerri ní Dochartaigh, Mícheál McCann

Through poetry, imagery and lyric prose, writers Kerri ní Dochartaigh and Mícheál McCann in collaboration with photographer Michelle Moloney explore the seeds of beginnings and endings, and the search for places where we find ourselves and each other. Filled with hope and elegy, these evocative reflections offer a measure of grace, solace and renewal.


A limited edition accordion-style book designed and handmade by bookbinder and artist Éilís Murphy of Folded Leaf.


Photos © Éilís Murphy of Folded Leaf

Praise for Waking Light

‘To encounter this collaboration – weaving word and image into such a singular object – felt to me like catching a brief snatch of birdsong on the wind, four distinct artistic voices rising in unison, pure and clear. Beautiful.’ — Doireann Ní Ghríofa

‘Tender, haunted, filled with breath and journey. This is a book of dreamtime delights.’ — Annemarie Ní Churreáin

‘This is a beautiful and memorable piece of work, and it’s stunningly produced – a must-have!’  — Kevin Barry

Photo: Manus Kenny

Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Kerri ní Dochartaigh is the author of Thin Places (Canongate, 2020) which was highly commended by the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021. She has written for the Guardian, the Irish Times, the BBC, Winter Papers, and others. Her second book, Cacophony of Bone, is forthcoming in April 2023.

Mícheál McCann

Mícheál McCann is from Derry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, The Manchester Review, and Queering the Green. He is the author of two pamphlets, Safe Home (Green Bottle Press, 2020) and Keeper (fourteen poems, 2022).