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Tony Bailie

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Tony Bailie is a novelist, poet, environmentalist and journalist. His novels, ecopunks and The Lost Chord were both published in paperback by Lagan Press. A Verse to Murder and Paws in TIme are both available as ebooks.

He has also written three collections of poems. Mountain Under Heaven won the James Tate International Poetry Prize 2019. Coill and Tranquillity of Stone (2010) are both published by Lapwing Publication.

Visit his digital poem collaboration Sweeney King.

His story The Druid’s Dance appeared in the award-winning Irish crime-fiction anthology Requiems for the Departed published in June 2010 by Morrigan Books.

He had three haiku included in Bamboo Dreams an anthology of Irish Haiku.

Individual poems and short stories have been published in various journals and magazines including Verbal, Boyne Berries, Books Ireland, Crannog, and Revival.

He was a former guitarist and occasional singer with the band Samson Stone.

Mountain Under Heaven

In his introduction to Seeds of Gravity, a collection of Irish surrealist poetry, editor Anatoly Kudryavitsky writes: Following in the footsteps of Artaud and Beckett, minimalist poets like Tony Bailie… outlaw most literary devices or even emotional colouring; they focus their attention on individual words or phrases, sometimes rearranging them on the page so that their most basic and individual properties disclosed something unexpected about themselves, something unmistakably surreal.

Mountain Under Heaven won the James Tate International Poetry Prize 2019

The Lost Chord

The Lost Chord is the story of a peculiarly Irish rock legend as seen through the eyes of Manus Brennan, Duil’s rhythm guitarist and former Belfast busker.
Picked up by the luckiest of flukes to join Gino and his not-so-merry men, Manus lives to the full the rock and roll lifestyle. As he happily admits in his recounting of the Gino legend, Manus leaves no cliche unturned: the boredom of touring, the drugs, the groupies, the joy and freedom of playing before thousands, the unexpected liberations of songwriting, the waste of money and the excesses of ego.
And yet at the centre of it all is Gino. One of the lads and yet always unknowable, whose sudden disappearance turns everyone’s world upside down.
Written with the verve and brio of Gino’s press interviews, Tony Bailie’s debut novel is a sardonic and entertaining romp through rock mythology.

The Lost Chord It is available from the publisher Lagan Press or from Amazon.

To see Tony reading an extract click Lagan - The Lost Chord

ecopunks

Wolf Cliss – ecowarrior and green philosopher – is arrested in Slovenia while protesting against the destruction of an ancient oak forest to make way for a new motorway. He has been arrested dozens of times before, but now he is being blamed for a logger’s death.
Kei Yushiro is an alternative archaeologist who while working on a dig in the Sahara Desert thinks she has stumbled on proof that human civilizations may have existed thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
Lorcan O’Malley , a former wandering Irish musician, literally blew his mind on psychedelic drugs during the 60s and four decades later is still struggling to comprehend the terrifying insights into the human psyche that opened up before him.
Ecopunks follows Wolf as he battles to save rainforests in Asia and South America, faces being obliterated in a nuclear testing zone in the Pacific Ocean and runs the gauntlet of big business and governments who label him an ecoterrorist.
He is an archetype of the modern age but behind the image is a vulnerable man who bitterly resents the caricature that he has become.
Kei’s controversial theories about a sophisticated human civilization that existed long before official history began are dismissed by mainstream historians, but the evidence is there in ancient structures on every continent and myths in every culture.
It take’s Lorcan’s frazzled mind to draw the strands together and come to the conclusion that history is screaming a warning to us about the dangers of ignoring the consequence of accelerating climate change
Part adventure story, part psychological thriller and part new age philosophy, ecopunks is an environmental parable for the 21st century.

Copies can be ordered from Amazon.

To see Tony reading an extract click Lagan - ecopunks.

A Verse To Murder

When police find Northern Ireland’s leading poet with a noose around his neck and his trousers around his ankles they assume it is a case of death by sexual misadventure.
However, when Sunday tabloid hack Barry Crowe looks into the dead po
et’s background he uncovers blackmail, an erotic trio of muses and experimentation with psychedelic drugs… he also gets off with a foxy policewoman with a handcuff fetish.
Sex, drugs, violence and some damn fine poetry combine to make novelist Tony Bailie’s third novel A Verse to Murder a stylish, comic and rather kinky read.