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Syncopated Blue

Influenced by his father’s and grandfather’s poetry, Ryan Hennessy started writing poems as a young boy growing up in Co. Kildare. As lead singer of Picture This, Ryan’s songwriting reveals the unguarded spirit of a young man unafraid to wear his heart on his leopard-print sleeve.

In his first book of poetry, Ryan reveals his natural gifts of self-expression to cover topics such as love, relationships, growing up and identity. At once defiantly romantic and nakedly vulnerable, he deftly chips away at the barriers many young men build in self-defence as he explores the euphoria of young love and its subsequent heartbreak.

With striking illustrations by Irish illustrator Megan Luddy, Syncopated Blue features over ninety relatable yet deeply intimate poems, resulting in an extraordinary collection that reflects the free spirit of its creator.



Publication Date

September 2021




Hardback, 144 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Books


By Ryan Hennessy

Availability Status

Not yet published

In 2015, Ryan Hennessy co-founded Picture This with fellow Athy-based musician Jimmy Rainsford. When he posted one of his original songs, ‘Take My Hand’, on Facebook, his life changed overnight, culminating in Picture This selling out five nights at the 3Arena in 2019. Earlier this year, the band performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden, cementing their success stateside. Syncopated Blue is Ryan’s first book.

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