Rain Spill is Jenni Doherty’s debut solo collection of poetry and prose. A native of Greencastle, County Donegal, Jenni creates the illusion of a water dance through the use of Rain, Ocean, Mist, Fog, Frost, Storm, Snow and Rainbow to capture the sense of her hometown and belonging, of experience and emotion, of life and lessons learnt.
Some pieces have evolved naturally while others have been created for the purpose of live performance or as topical commentary for broadcast or newspaper. Tender, light and humorous in places yet coarse, raw and unforgiving in others, this is a spill of thoughts, imaginations, fictions, ideas and realities gathered over four decades.
Enjoy the calm and the storm of their fall: welcome to Rain Spill.
ISBN 978 1 906271 51 0
Published November 2012, softback, 160pp, 197mm x 129mm (tall)
Winner of the Inaugural Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Poetry Bursary Award 2013 from County Donegal Arts Council.
Beautiful... Very strong BBC Radio Ulster Arts Extra
Beautiful... It's about family, love, women. I really liked it RTE Radio 1 Arena
Her style is straight-forward, head-on and haunting. Emily Dickinson meets William Carlos Williams with a sprinkling of W B Yeats and Allen Ginsberg. Doherty is Inishowen's answer to a Beat Poet in the year 2013 Inishowen Independent
It’s a bracing and unpretentious collection of work that you can absorb in one sitting and come out the other end feeling you’ve just had a long, frank, funny conversation with a complete stranger who feels like a friend. For those interested in reading an accessible and funny collection of poetry, Doherty's latest will be hard to improve on in 2013 CultureNI
Doherty's love and understanding of language, which shines on both the lyrical quality of her writing and the clever word play, adds a wonderful dimension to RAIN SPILL. As a whole this is a brutally honest collection that exudes an authentic voice that will follow wherever it leads you... The Ulster Tatler
Any chosen page is enough to start the reader on a journey they’ll recognise a million times over. There’s love, lust, longing, lying, laughing, letting go and most of all living. Doubtlessly a labour of love, the result, unsurprisingly, is stunning. There’s something to grab everyone inside the pages of this gorgeously designed book Sunday Derry Journal
Has a sure sense of place... some powerful and lyrical images Irish Examiner
Doherty’s use of poetic language in this collection is magical. She manages to pull the reader under her spell on reading it. There is a very real and genuine love of life throughout this collection Irish American News
This collection is just peppered with great lines... real, emotive and passionate Dublin Duchess
At times majestic, intimate, poignant and witty... Honest, brave, perceptive, self-deprecating, warm... a voice for twenty first century women everywhere Felicity McCall, author