Lifelines 3

Lifelines 3 by Michael Scott Letters from famous people about their favourite poem

This third remarkable collection has been compiled once more by the students of Wesley College, Dublin, with the help of their English teacher Niall MacMonagle, whose previous collections Lifelines (1992) and Lifelines 2 (1994) have already resulted in thousands of pounds being donated to Concern and other Third World charities.

Like Seamus Heaney and Paul Durcan before her, Eavan Boland seeks in her foreword to analyse what this anthology means to her and in doing so ‘trusts the choices of the contributors, being too personal, quirky and definite to be anything but true’.

There are 182 contributors to Lifelines 3 including Eileen Battersby, Niamh Bhrcathnach, Tony Blair Paul Brady, Roddy Doyle, Alex Ferguson, Gary Lineker, Frank McCourt, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Feargal Quinn, Michael Smurfit, and CoIm Tóibin and their choices and reasons will confirm for the reader all the pleasures received in Lifelines and Lifelines 2.


Lifelines was a magnificent idea from the start…a book in which poems re-enter the world refreshed rather than, jaded by their confinement inside peoples heads unsurprisingly varied and compulsively readable.
Seamus Heaney

Lifelines is one of the most original and interesting anthologies I’ve ever seen…it shows human nature itself in a good light.

Margaret Drabble

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