Boyne Berries Cover Design – Rory O’Sullivan

Boyne Berries Cover Design – Rory O’Sullivan

This is the cover design for Boyne Berries 1916 which was published to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 rising.  Boyne Berries is the bi-annual literary magazine of The Boyne Writers Group. Rory O’Sullivan is a member of the group, and a poet and artist. The scene below is an impression of The Yellow Steeple, Trim Co. Meath. In writing words and phrases from W.B. Yeats’ The Tower in the steeple body Rory demonstrates (though in this case physically and in blending art with poetry) “unoriginal genius” as coined by Marjorie Perloff, the use of work that has gone before in novel and constructive ways.  This concept is similar to Kenneth Goldsmith’s “Uncreative Writing“. This ability to reuse and reshape is an attribute of the Digital Age and is why the Creative Commons is so important.

Similarly Rory used some lines from Alistair Graham’s poem Fine Nights (published in Boyne Berries 21) for the cover design of Boyne Berries 21 pictured above.

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