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The Salmon's Tale

Poem by Jessie Lendennie. Design by Siobhan Hutson


Page Count: 92

Publication Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021

About this Book

A Silver Salmon
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. 

Author Biography

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; MIT, Boston; The Loft, Minneapolis, MN; Café Teatre, Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; The Irish American Cultural Centre, Chicago and The Bowery Poetry Club, New York City. She regularly attends the AWP Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in the US, where Salmon is a prominent presence, having been shortlisted for the Small Press Publisher of the Year AWP in 2015. In 2012, she opened The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, a vibrant hub for literary events, for writers, readers, students & academics, and the base from which Salmon Poetry runs its publishing operation.

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 – – making Salmon only the second book publisher in Ireland to have a website. There are now three websites under the Salmon umbrella: the others are, celebrating Salmon’s 40th anniverary, and which sells a wide range of new & collectable books from the premises of The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre in Ennistymon, County Clare. Siobhán is Salmon Poetry’s Head of Book Production, Salmon’s administrator and is co-director of the company alongside Jessie Lendennie. She designs and typesets the Salmon books and promotional material as well as maintaining the Salmon websites. She began designing the Salmon book covers in 2001 and, to date, has designed 474 covers. 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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