Poetry writer David Fallon explains how his lecturers encouraged him to submit his work, and what it is like to return to education as a mature student
David Fallon, a past pupil of the Highschool, Clonmel and currently a third year student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has had his poem Fade Away ... selected for publication in an anthology remembering Palestinian victims of Occupation by Dr John Ennis and Mr David Mallaghan.
The third year student is studying an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English and minoring in Theatre. He returned to education as a mature student.
David explains why he applied for the Anthology: “I have applied to publications previously and being a poetry writer, it can be difficult to share your work which is at times personal but also it can be difficult to get your work into the public domain. This was the opportunity to do so. It was an anthology I desired to be a part of. In total I submitted three works and one was chosen. I’m grateful to the writers, my lecturers Margaret O’Brien and Dr Una Kealy for their support and WIT, without them this would not have happened.”
Mature student experience
“Returning as a mature student, gave me the necessary life experience and skills to take my studies seriously as for many returning to education can be daunting. Yet the campus inclusion and events at WIT help to build a true college community,” David adds.
For the future, he says, he will continue to write, submit works for prizes, anthologies and Awards. “I eventually hope to publish my own collection and to teach English at either adult or secondary school capacity,” he adds.
Fade Away ... is in honour of Samah Zuhair Mubarak, a 16 year old school student from Nuseirat Refugee camp, Gaza, executed in cold blood in Occupied Jerusalem, 30th Jan 2019. Dr. John Ennis and David Mallaghan are compiling an anthology of poetry remembering Palestinian victims of Occupation. Poetry submissions were invited which used the persona of friend, brother, sister, schoolmate, teammate or deskmate of the deceased. The poem Fade Away... was in the persona of sister of the deceased.