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performing arts in print



Hope Is a Silhouette is a body of intimate and introspective poetry with accompanying illustrations, both written and painted by Lana McDonagh.


Observations on love, inner demons, lies, routine-the everyday facets and feelings of human experience that forever fascinate. This collection of sensitive poetry and captivating illustrations marks the exciting debut of a talented poet. Original artwork illustrates each poem.

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"The marriage of art and poetry has rarely been so gloriously exhibited in one unique debut volume. Apart, each illustration, each poem, hits a nerve and tells a truth. Together they make for a deeply compelling experience."

- SIMON RAYMONDE, Cocteau Twins & Bella Union Founder

available in paperback
"Precise yet bursting with submerged emotion, Hope Is a Silhouette allows you into a deeply personal inner migration of beauty and bruised hope."
- NICKY WIRE, Manic Street Preachers
Lana McDonagh

Wordville is an award-winning independent publisher with offices in London and Barcelona. We publish exceptional written works about the performing arts alongside poetry and fiction by performing artists.