Jessie Lendennie The Salmon's Tale: Design by Siobhan Hutson


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Disrupts the April river
Smiles into the rain

The Salmon’s Tale merges the poet Jessie Lendennie’s narrative poem alongside a visual journey through her 40 years at the helm of Salmon Poetry, one of Ireland's leading poetry publishers. This collaboration with Salmon book designer, Siobhán Hutson, is a unique project in the history of Irish poetry.

For Jessie, this offers the rare opportunity to emerge from her role as publisher and highlight her own creative work. It also showcases the broad range of Salmon Poetry’s work, its huge creative output, and its major influence on the world of Irish and international poetry.

To mark Salmon Poetry’s 40th Anniversary, the cover of The Salmon’s Tale pays tribute to the cover design of the first ever book published by Salmon – Gonella, the debut collection of poetry by Eva Bourke, with artwork by Jay Bourke.

About the Author

Jessie Lendennie was born in Blytheville, Arkansas. She is co-founder (1981) and Managing Director of Salmon Poetry, for which she has commissioned and published over 600 volumes of poetry as well as a select list of literary criticism, drama, fiction, memoir and essays. Her own publications include a book-length prose poem Daughter (1988), reprinted as Daughter and Other Poems in 2001 and a collection of poetry, Walking Here (2011). She compiled and edited: The Salmon Guide to Creative Writing in Ireland (1990); Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007 (2007); Poetry: Reading it, Writing It, Publishing It (2009); Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (2010); and Even The Daybreak:?35 Years of Salmon Poetry (2016).

Her poetry has also been anthologised in Irish Poetry Now: Other Voices, Unveiling Treasures, The Attic Guide To The Published Works of Irish Women Literary Writers and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhán: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets, among others. Her poems, essays and articles have been widely published and she has given numerous readings, lectures and writing courses in Ireland and abroad, including
Yale University; Rutgers University; The Irish Embassy, Washington D.C; The University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

She regularly attends the AWP?Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in the US, having been shortlisted for the Small Press Publisher of the Year AWP in 2015.

Siobhán Hutson Jeanotte was born in London and grew up in Galway. She began working with Salmon Publishing in 1991 and learned about book publishing from the ground up. In 1997, along with her brother Aidan of Solas Web Design, she designed Salmon Poetry’s first website –

Siobhán is Salmon Poetry’s Head of Book Production, Salmon’s administrator and is co-director of the company alongside Jessie Lendennie. 

She has a First Class Honours Degree in Film, Radio and Television Studies. She lives in Clare with her husband Tim, daughter Eve and their cats. She loves dogs too though.

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