15th January 2016
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7th January 2016
An edited version of this article appeared in Belfast Telegraph, 7th Jan., 2016.
Published November 2015;
BELFAST’S GIANTS: Thirty-six Views of Samson and Goliath, by Dennis Kennedy
Two hundred years ago Japanese master printmaker Hokusai embarked on his famous series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. A century later the French painter Henri Rivière, produced Les Trente-six vues de La Tour Eiffel. Retired journalist and occasional photographer Dennis Kennedy has now, with apologies to Hokusai and Rivière, come up with Thirty-six Views of Samson and Goliath, three dozen of his own photographs taken over the past thirty years. They depict Harland and Wolff’s gantry cranes from a variety of viewpoints and constitute a modest tribute to the two Biblical giants and to the city they have come to symbolise
Paperback book; A5 format, 46 pages. (36 full-colour photographs.)
Published, spring 2015: CLIMBING SLEMISH, by Dennis Kennedy. Originally published as Climbing Slemish: An Ulster Memoir in 2006, this revised edition includes family trees and photographs.
Climbing Slemish is a humorous and at times tragic account of four inter-connected Ulster families over more than a century. The book was originally intended to be a novel, a portrait of a small and often misunderstood minority in Ireland, the deeply religious, evangelical Protestant working class in rural and urban Ulster, generally unionist in outlook, but eschewing involvement in politics.
Paperback; 214 pages. (including 8 of b&w photos.)