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Demons, geese, The Laughing Cow, marching bands, LSD and pistols smuggled home from the USSR. You’ll find all of these in Scott McKendry’s GUB. Slipping between eras and time zones, closing the gap between the real and the fantastical, the academic and the everyday, the parish and the polis, this debut collection comes to terms with generational trauma, social decay and the rituals of a place with a fraught history and an uncertain future. Invoking the balaclava’d gunmen, urban warlords and explosions which gripped the decades either side of the Good Friday Agreement, GUB drags the language of ghettoised Belfast into serious Irish poetry. Wearing the lyrical influences of his ‘ugly city’ lightly – Carson, McGuckian, Longley – McKendry’s tightly-wrought structures weave an unprecedented verse of mourning, witness, alter ego, class alienation and aesthetic turmoil. Noisy, dark and witty, GUB is an utterly new voice out of Belfast, but one posting bulletins across inner-city neighbourhoods everywhere.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLittle Brown
ISBN (Electronic)9781472158079
ISBN (Print)9781472158086
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2024


  • Poetry
  • Dialect
  • Belfast
  • Occult
  • Phonetics
  • Troubles
  • Irish Poetry
  • Belfast; contested space; discourse; interface; segregation; territoriality
  • Loyalism
  • Maze Long Kesh Prison
  • IPA
  • Aesthetics
  • Protestant, Unionism
  • Irish Nationalism
  • Irish national identity
  • Suicide
  • Reconciliation
  • Poetics
  • Irish Studies
  • Ulster Scots
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • substance abuse
  • Paramilitaries
  • Class
  • working-class culture
  • Working-class literature
  • working-class writing
  • Working-class writers
  • Marxism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics


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