New Green Fool
2024
Collected Essays

In New Green Fool, Alan Cunningham reflects on the fragile truth of his countless identifications and denials, on the often excessively private nature of his positions and, finally, on the consequences of favouring private certainty over the more complicated, relational aspects of ourselves and our sense of being – and being in – a society. 


Initially blending quotations from poet Patrick Kavanagh’s work The Green Fool with lyrical reflections on Cunningham's life, the collection eventually starts to draw on a wider range of sources as it progresses and becomes more chaotic and cannibalistic. 


The trope Irishness – the "Irish" identity  – that Kavanagh utilised in The Green Fool was later discarded by Kavanagh as a "pack of lies". Over the course of thirteen interconnected essays, Cunningham considers the potential for foolishness and self-delusion in setting one's identity – or identities – far too strongly in any direction.


Coming soon from gorse

Extract from Year of Dust & Rain
2022
Poetry

Inspired by eremitic thought, Sufi poetics + the theory-fiction of Reza Negarestani Year of Dust & Rain engages with an apocalyptic ecological future and attempts some insights for making a way through that from past practical and esoteric encounters with desert landscapes and existence.


Available here

Not Really Being So
Gorse (11) 2022
Essay

Available here

3 Song of Separation & Proximity
Stinging Fly Summer 2021
Poetry

Available here

Sovereign Invalid
2018
Novel

Available here

New Green Fool Essay Extracts
2015-2017
Essay

A Very Dangerous Zone available to read here


Fat-Bacon available to read here


The Corpse / 2 available to read here


No Words No More available to read here


More Rigged Than Recollected
Gorse (2) 2014
Essay

Available here

Ludgate Hill
2014
Essay

Available here

Count from Zero to One Hundred
2013
Novella

Available here