Ciara MacLaverty is based in Glasgow and has had poems appear in The Herald, The Scotsman and Gutter. Her first pamphlet, Seats For Landing came out in 2005 and, from it, the poem, Peeled was chosen for Scottish Poem of the Year. Ciara was a Clydebuilt Mentee in 2016 and went on to win a New Writers’ Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2017, culminating in the release of this very pamphlet, Past Love in The Museum of Transport.
The poems are about the places love takes us, exploring how past contentment is woven through us, becoming part of who we are, deepening with age and still enhancing life years on.
These poems – in the voice of a woman, a mother, a good neighbour of the here-and-now are light-but-deep, often funny, always generous, accessible, inclusive, deeply humane, celebrating small things that say some very big things indeed.
Ciara MacLaverty takes the everyday and passes it through a prism. How wonderful to see the hidden colours of the ordinary. Bright, beautiful, familiar, magical…
There is wisdom in her pen, aspiration in her heart, and a lightly crumbed fruit scone on her plate.
Eat of the goodness in this book!