Eoghan Walls was born in Derry, Northern Ireland.  He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006, an Irish Art's Council Bursary in 2009. His work has been published broadly in anthologies and journals; this is his first full length collection of poetry.  It was shortlisted for the Short Award for Best First Collection in 2012.


The old world is finished, The Salt Harvest tells us, and I am terrified. From Derry to Drogheda to Eastern Europe and beyond, an aluminium angel with a frogsoul  contemplates the meat and animals of a dry world darkening, probes starmatter in vain for limbo, titillates with leftover words like pray or sacrament in a negative baptism where nothing is funny as it used to be. A griefdappled dirgebook lifted alive by love from the water.

                                     Medbh McGuickian




What the reviewers said...


…Walls wields a voice which strikes out on its own and, like all the best poetic voices, seems almost entirely to lack antecedents … here, “praise be”, is a voice bringing something really new ...

The Edinburgh Review

… what separates The Salt Harvest from many first collections is a willingness to look for the poetic in pretty much anything, an almost aureate diction, and a darkly exuberant style …
The Guardian

The poems in this collection are like footprints in the sand that seem to form then disappear behind, their clarity almost ghostly.  They’re made more sinister by Walls’ formal adeptness ...
Magma

...the poems are unified through explorations of meeting-points between the physical human form and, well, everything else, creating some highly sensual effects
The North