THE DIVERS is the debut collection of poetry from Arabella Currie.
Arabella Currie lives and studies in Oxford and is currently in the final stages of completing a Doctorate in Classical Languages and Literature, looking in particular at the impact of ancient mythology upon the Irish literary revival. Arabella’s poetic ability was recognised from an early age, winning the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award in 2007 for her poem, ‘My Hands’, followed by the University of Oxford’s prestigious Newdigate Prize in 2010 for ‘Allotment’.
THE DIVERS showcases poems from across Arabella’s career, drawing on a wide range of poetic, literary, and academic influences. Arabella’s background in Classics is interwoven through her poems, both explicitly in her translation ‘exercises’, and implicitly in her choice of image and metre. Far from repel a wide readership, however, this lends the poems a timelessness that draws the ancient world onto the contemporary political stage.
We will be printing an initial run of 300 individually numbered, hand-bound copies, with letterpress-printed covers.
THE DIVERS was reviewed in the December edition of The Next Review and by Deidre Hines in Sabotage Review.
‘THE DIVERS ranges across ancient and contemporary subjects with a haunting mixture of learning and lucidity. Arabella Currie’s light, pitch-perfect touch with myth and imagery takes on the weightiest subjects: Oedipus and Antigone, Belsen, Hiroshima. But she also Captures the modern everyday with the same sense of occasion. The book is a beautiful physical object, fitting for the work of this hugely accomplished and compelling young poet.’
– Bernard O’Donoghue
‘Small press debuts can play a vitally important and often a disproportionately large part in the making of a poet. That first stepping stone towards the far shore is reached not so much by a step as by a leap of faith by the publisher. Hurst Street Press are to be congratulated on putting their money where Arabella Currie’s mouth is and doing so with fine craft.
The poems here at their best show clearly that their author has both an ear and an eye, and a dramatising capacity, a flare for interiors, all spare and as clear-eyed as were the Ancient Greeks, in whose literature Ms Currie is a trained expert. I look forward to seeing her in full stride in due course and to the day when THE DIVERS becomes a sought-after collector’s item.’
– Andrew McNeillie