The Wren Boys

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has an annual tradition of writing a Christmas poem, and publishing it in the form of a gift book. ‘The Wren Boys’ is based upon the old Irish country tradition on St. Stephen’s Day of ‘hunting the wren’ – where local boys would dress up as mummers, catch the bird and parade it around town. Dermot got to meet the writer herself at a special launch evening at Goldsboro Books in Covent Garden. See his book illustrations for The Wren boys below.



Wren Boys, Ballinskelligs, c.1938

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