After the Riot' is both elegaic and defiant. The poems begin by revisiting a Belfast doorway where 'no-one has kicked the carpet dust in forty years', then open out to explore themes of migration, displacement, war, legacies of violence and loss but - ultimately - regeneration. These are poems as snapshots that unravel stories; they are acutely concerned with the struggle to extricate memory from myth-making as personal and political histories collide.
Neil Young hails from west Belfast (1964 batch) and now lives in north-east Scotland. He worked as a labourer, kitchen-porter and stage-hand before becoming a journalist, going on to report from New York post 9/11 to the Gaza Strip. His publications include: Lagan Voices (Scryfa, 2011), The Parting Glass – 14 Sonnets (Tapsalteerie, 2016), Jimmy Cagney’s Long-Lost Kid Half-Brother (Black Light Engine Room, 2017), and Shrapnel (Poetry Salzburg, 2019). Neil is also founder of The Poets’ Republic magazine and Drunk Muse Press.