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Southword: New International Writing

Fiction Chapbooks:

                  2019      Brian Kirk   |   Jill Widner

Poetry Chapbooks:

                  2020      Greg Delanty    |   Heather Treseler
                                Audrey Molloy

                  2019      Gerry Murphy   |   Katie Hale
                                Regina O'Melveny   |   Breda Spaight

                  2018      Gerry Murphy   |   James O'Leary
                                 Molly Minturn   |   Bernadette McCarthy

                  2017      John FitzGerald   |   Aiden Mathews
                                John Mee    |   Maya Catherine Popa

                  2016      Roisin Kelly   |   Paul McMahon
                                Tania Hershman   |   Victor Tapner

                  2014      Victoria Kennefick    |   Virginia Astley

                  2009      Jennifer Minniti-Shippey

                  2005      Irene Mosvold

 

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Southword Ficiton Chapbook Competition
Best Irish Entry 2019

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It's Not Me, It's You by Brian Kirk

Southword Editions, 43 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-67-2
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“It almost seemed wrong to tear the paper, but when Helen finally lifted the lid Robert saw over her shoulder an explosion of bright and dark colours, and for a moment he forgot what he had given her. It appeared to be a box of coloured lights. Then he watched her hand disappear inside and he remembered how it would feel cool and smooth like cream.”

It's Not Me, It's You won the inaugural Southword Fiction Chapbook Prize for Best Irish Entry. Brian Kirk is a poet and short story writer from Dublin. He was shortlisted twice for the Patrick Kavanagh Award. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. His poem “Birthday”, taken from that collection, won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018. His novel for children The Rising Son was published in 2015. His short stories have been widely published and he was shortlisted twice for Hennessy Awards for fiction. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.

 

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Southword Ficiton Chapbook Competition
Best International Entry 2019

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A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner

Southword Editions, 49 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-68-9
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“Yalda liked to talk to me about her life in Shiraz before she moved to California. But only in the dark. Maybe her memory was clearer in the dark. Whatever it was, she told me things in the dark that she wouldn’t have ordinarily revealed about herself. I don’t think she realized that it gave me a kind of advantage.”

A Middle Eastern No won the inaugural Southword Fiction Chapbook Prize for Best International Entry. Jill Widner grew up in Sumatra, Indonesia, the setting of her novel in progress, A Green Raft on a Muddy Swell, where her father worked as a petroleum engineer in the 1960s. Her fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review Online, Kyoto Journal, North American Review, Shenandoah, Short Fiction, Wasafiri Online, and Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 3. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from Artist Trust, Hawthornden Castle, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently lives and teaches in Yakima, Washington.

 

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The King Of The Lam by Greg Delanty

Southword Editions, 24 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-75-7
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Elegies for the Irish poet Liam O Muirthile written by Greg Delanty.

Greg Delanty was born in Cork in 1958 and studied at University College Cork. He has lived in the US for the past 30 years and is a professor of English at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. He has received many awards, including a Guggenheim for poetry. His collections include Collected Poems 1986-2006 and The Greek Anthology Book XVII (both Carcanet).

 

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2020

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Parturition by Heather Treseler

Southword Editions, 36 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-70-2
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Heather Treseler’s poems appear in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Missouri Review, PN Review, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and her essays about poetry appear in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and in six books about American poetry. She is an associate professor of English and the Presidential Fellow for Art, Education, and Community at Worcester State University and a Visiting Scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.

“It has been years since I have read a new poet of such rhetorical sophistication and mastery. Wow. One thinks of the young Robert Lowell. Rhetorical mastery fueled by fury and necessity. Agony shaped and released by intelligence, by art. A breathtaking debut.” – Frank Bidart

 

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2020

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Satyress by Audrey Molloy

Southword Editions, 37 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-71-9
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Audrey Molloy is an Irish poet based in Sydney. Her poetry has appeared in The North Magazine, Magma, Mslexia, The Moth, Meanjin and The Irish Times. In 2019 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award. www.audreymolloy.com

Satyress has special qualities that mark it for serious critical attention; the quality and unusual style of the syntax gives these poems an internal spark and enduring 'sound' rarely seen at this stage of a poet’s career.”
– Anthony Lawrence, author of Headwaters (Pitt Street Poetry, awarded the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry 2017)

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Kissing Maura O'Keeffe by Gerry Murphy

Southword Editions, 34 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-66-5
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Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include Muse (2010) My Flirtation with International Socialism (2010) and End of Part One: New and Selected Poems (2006), all from Dedalus. Murphy's poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and Pocket Apocalypse, his translations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, appeared in 2005 from Southword Editions.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2019

Katie Hale chapbook

Assembly Instructions by Katie Hale

Southword Editions, 28 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-61-0
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Assembly Instructions received 1st prize in the 2018 Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Born in Cumbria, Katie Hale’s debut pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. She has won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Buzzwords Poetry Competition, and been shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize. Following a year’s mentoring through Penguin Random House UK’s inaugural WriteNow scheme, Katie’s debut novel, My Name is Monster, will be published by Canongate in 2019. She runs creative writing workshops in schools, and is currently working on a first full collection of poetry.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2019

Katie Hale chapbook

other gods by Regina O'Melveny

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-62-7
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other gods received 2nd prize in the 2018 Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Regina O’Melveny’s poetry can be found in various literary magazines including The Bellingham Review, Rattapallax, Barrow Street, and Solo. She has published two chapbooks, "New" and "A Secret", from Conflux Press, and an award-winning poetry collection, "Blue Wolves", from Bright Hill Press. Her novel, "The Book of Madness and Cures", was published by Little, Brown and Company. Her new poetry collection, "The Shape of Emptiness", will be published by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions in 2019.

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Katie Hale chapbook

The Untimely Death of My Mother's Hens by Breda Spaight
New Irish Voices No. 5

Southword Editions, 30 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-63-4
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The Untimely Death of My Mother’s Hens is the fifth poetry chapbook in the New Irish Voices series from Southword Editions. Breda Spaight lives in Co. Limerick. She was among the poets accepted to the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, and the Introductions Reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in Southword, Poetry Ireland Review, Ambit, Aesthetica, and The North (Irish issue). She was a featured poet in The Stinging Fly and The Interpreter’s House. She has won the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Prize, and was among the poets in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 Eyewear anthology.

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James O'Leary chapbook

There are Monsters in this House by James O'Leary
New Irish Voices No. 4

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-57-3
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James O'Leary is a poet and reviewer from Cork. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2017 and received the Poetry Ireland and Cúirt bursary in 2016. He has written and directed serveral short plays and his poetry-films have screened in Ireland, Scotland, and Canada. His poems have appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, The Irish Examiner, Banshee, Magma, Southword, Barehands, The Incubator, Wordlegs, and The Burning Bush 2, as well as in various anthologies.

Reviews

  • Sphinx Review (2 OPOIs)
  • Cork Evening Echo, 15.6.18
  • Books Ireland, Issue 382
  • Trumpet, issue 8 (“’O’Leary’s poetry is refreshingly direct, he writes towards honesty and clarity … [he] is a poet who has dug deep”)

 

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My Life as a Stalinist by Gerry Murphy

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-56-6
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Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include Muse (2010) My Flirtation with International Socialism (2010) and End of Part One: New and Selected Poems (2006), all from Dedalus. Murphy's poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and Pocket Apocalypse, his translations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, appeared in 2005 from Southword Editions.

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  • Cork Evening Echo, 11.5.18
  • Books Ireland, Issue 38

 

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2018

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Not in Heaven by Molly Minturn

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-54-2
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Molly Minturn's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Sycamore Review, Bennington Review, Indiana Review and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Virginia. This is her first book.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2018

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Bog Arabic by Bernadette McCarthy

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-55-9
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Bernadette McCarthy's poems have been published in Agenda,The Penny Dreadful, Causeway, Crannóg, The Irish Examiner and in the anthology On the Banks (ed. A. Hopkins, Collins Press 2016). She was highly commended in the 2015 Ó Bhéal Five Words Competition. She holds a PhD in early medieval archaeology from UCC.

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First Cut by John FitzGerald
New Irish Voices No. 3

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-52-8
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Born in Ireland, John FitzGerald has been writing poetry since 2010. In 2014 he received the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He is the recipient of a 2015 Key West Literary Bursary and acted as a juror for the 2016 Poem for Ireland Competition. His poems have been published widely since 2014 in journals, newspapers and anthologies, including the Penguin Windharp selection of the best Irish poetry from 1916 to 2016. He has lived in Dublin, London and Italy. He works at University College Cork as University Librarian and lives with his family on a farm in County Cork.

Reviews

  • Cork Evening Echo 2.6.17
  • Trumpet, issue 8 (“Sound and sense are cornerstones for FitzGerald in his work … Originality comes from actual circumstance and close observation”)

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Sound Effects in a Studio by Aidan Mathews

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-53-5
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Aidan Mathews is a poet, playwright and fiction writer. He has published verse collections with The Dolmen Press, the Gallery Press, and Jonathan Cape. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1976; an Academy of American Poets Award in 1982; Italy's Cavour Prize in 1996, and the Arts Council Literature Award in 2006. His most recent work includes Charlie Chaplin's Wishbone (stories) and Fasting and Feasting: Radio Reflections on Christmas and Easter (essays).

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  • Cork Evening Echo, 2.6.17

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2017

From the Extinct by John Mee

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-50-4
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John Mee won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015. His poems have been published in The Rialto, Prelude, The SHOp, Big Wide Words, Poetry on the Buses (London), Cyphers, Southword and The Cork Literary Review. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2008. He was born in Canada and has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He is a professor in the Law School at University College Cork.

"A beautiful formality of language, a keen sense of irony, a consciousness of the music of history, all combine here in this rich work of poetry. Mee is one of the most gifted poets of the South to emerge in recent decades." – Thomas McCarthy

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2017

The Bees Have Been Canceled by Maya Catherine Popa

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-51-1
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Maya Catherine Popa is a 2015 Ruth Lilly finalist and a recipient of the Editor's Award from the Poetry Foundation. Her writing appears in Poetry, Tin House, the TLS, and elsewhere. She holds degrees from Barnard College, Oxford University, and New York University. She lives and teaches in New York City.

"The poems crackle with electricity, such is the cognitive energy with which Popa marshals and commands language and form. There is an underlying scholarliness which is never didactic, shot through as it is by humour and lyricism." – Jenny Lewis

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Introducing the New Irish Voices series

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Rapture by Roisin Kelly
New Irish Voices No. 1

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-47-4
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Roisin Kelly was born in Belfast, raised in Leitrim, and currently lives in Cork City. Her poetry has appeared in POETRY, The Stinging Fly, The Dark Horse, and Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear 2016). In 2016 her work was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and published in The Irish Times, and she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Rapture is Roisin's first chapbook and has been described by poet Leanne O’Sullivan as ‘fierce and mysterious, beautiful and compelling.’ www.roisinkelly.com

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Bourdon by Paul McMahon
New Irish Voices No. 2

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-48-1
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Originally from Belfast, Paul MacMahon lived for 16 years between Prague, Berlin, India, and Mexico. His poetry awards include The Ballymaloe International, The Nottingham Open, The Westport, and The Golden Pen. In 2015 he was awarded The Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize by Carol Ann Duffy, and his poetry has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Stinging Fly, The Atlanta Review, The Irish Times, and Southword.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2016

Tania Hershman

Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open by Tania Hershman

Southword Editions, 30 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-44-3
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Tania Hershman lives in Bristol, UK, and is the author of two short story collections and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion. To purchase SIGNED copies of this chapbook, or for more information on the writer, visit taniahershman.com

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2016

Banquet in the Hall of Happiness

Banquet in the Hall of Happiness by Victor Tapner

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-45-0
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Victor Tapner's first poetry collection Flatlands (Salt) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the East Anglian Book Award's poetry prize. He has also won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and Scotland's Wigtown prize. His latest collection, Waiting to Tango, appeared in 2016 from Templar. A full-time writer, he was previously a Financial Times journalist. He lives near London. www.victortapner.com

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2015

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The Curative Harp by Virginia Astley

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-41-2
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Virginia Astley is a songwriter and musician who from a young age has appreciated the process of writing, often working things out by writing them out. Her collection Solvitur Ambulato was published in The New Writer earlier this year. She has won prizes in several competitions including: The Frogmore, Ver Poets, East Coker and Manchester Cathedral. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is currently completing her book: Keeping the River. This is a narrative non-fiction based on the River Thames and the lives of those who work and live on the river. She has received the Dorset Prize for Poetry.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2015

Victoria Kennefick

White Whale by Victoria Kennefick

Southword Editions, 28 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-40-5
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Victoria Kennefick is a native of Shanagarry, Co. Cork. She was a receipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007 and completed her PhD in Literature at University College Cork in 2009. Her poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Wordlegs, The Weary Blues and Abridged. She won the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize in 2013 and is shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014 judged by Emily Berry. In 2013 her work was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2013 and highly commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize 2014.  She was selected to read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2013 and at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival Emerging Writers Reading in February 2014.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2009

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Done Dating DJs by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey

Southword Editions, 24 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-32-0
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Done Dating DJs is the 2009 winner of the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition published by Southword Editions. Jennifer Minniti-Shippey’s Done Dating DJs contains poems with precursors as varied as William Carlos Williams and Rita Ann Higgins. A wry sophisticated humour is invested in these crisp confident poems by a young poet who has found her voice. If Sex and the City were aimed at a higher brow level and written in verse, this could be it.

 

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2005

Never Trust Where a Cat Sits

Never Trust Where a Cat Sits by Irene A. Mosvold

Southword Editions, 20 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-18-1
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"These poems speak with an honesty and straightforwardness, impossible to doubt. If the Wife of Bath had a descendant living in the New World, she could have written these. Of the body and the bawdy, these sixteen short pieces entertain by sly syllables, quick phrases, stunning twists. This is a prize-winning chapbook as refreshing and unabashed as a Sheela-na-gig." – Ron Houchin

 

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2021 Competitions

Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

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Southword 40

Includes O'Faoláin Prize stories
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Felicity Sheehy

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