“Joan Hardiman’s poems are authentic, accessible and powerful: an enriching experience for the reader. She explores diverse themes with analytical precision: the importance of family tradition and Irish heritage reflected in landscape; the wonder of childhood; the joy and trauma of birth; life’s diversity, beauty and randomness, existential angst in a chaotic world where death and illness become part of the “smorgasbord” of existence. Joan’s personal encounter with Parkinsons is wonderfully objectified and transcends the particular to become a beacon of light for the reader when the rocky reefs of physical adversity loom. Joan’s poetry has already been published in a Collection From the Heart, The Sunflower Poetry Review, Spilling Cocoa and Foxhunting Life Magazine. A selection of her poems has also been set to music and broadcast on radio. ‘My Serendipitous Life’ is superbly crafted, and represents the emergence of an original and dynamic voice in contemporary Irish poetry.” – Dr John Hynes PhD.