Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Pint and a Haircut - True Irish Stories for Haiti, Book Launch

The book is to be launched on Wednesday, October 13th at St Andrew's College, Booterstown, Co Dublin at 7.30pm.  Further information:

How much is the book?The book's RRP is €12.99

Where will it be on sale?All good bookshops. It is being distributed by Easons wholesalers and Argosy.
Please ask your local bookshop to order some in if they haven't already.
The ISBN number is 978-1-907535-16-1 (this is useful for your bookshop when ordering).

When will it be onsale?It should be in the shops in the next 7-10 days.

Can we buy it online?Yes - you can order it from Londubh books (

Can we buy it at the Launch?Yes - we will have a large number of books available at the launch

How can we help publicise the book?We will have A2 posters at the launch which you can take home with you and get your local bookshop to put up.
Also - if you know anyone in working in any of the media, please be sure to tell them about the book and ask them to give it some coverage. We can provide press releases if required.
I'm happy to do any radio or tv interviews that anyone's willing to give me!

Where did you get the painting on the book cover?I came across the painting by sheer luck while googling, looking for a suitable illustration. The fantastic painting was done by an Irish artist called Eolaí gan Fhéile. You can see and buy his work at Huge thanks to Eolaí gan Fhéile for generously granting permission to use his piece.
Thanks are also due to Jon Bond for his great cover design work.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Prose on The Pier Gala Reading

Congrats to Emer, Edwin, Monica and Fiona (!) for a public appearance last Saturday.  The reading was held on the East Pier at the big glass shelter.  Music was provided by the Kingstown Academy of Music.  The weather was a bit challenging but we coped like professionals!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Pint & a Haircut - True Irish Stories for Haiti: No going back now!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Well that's it then - the final proof and cover have been sent to the printer. I've been told we'll have it in the shops by Oct 4th at the latest. It's hard not to start getting excited about it all!

The book is being distributed by Argosy and Easons Wholesalers so please get down to your local bookshop and ask them to order in some copies.

Hugo Hamilton and Pat McCabe in Conversation

Last night at the County Hall in Dunlaoghaire, these two appeared as part of the on-going DLR Book Festival.  Hugo Hamilton is author of 'The Speckled People' depicting his somewhat unusual upbringing in Dun Laoghaire.  Pat McCabe is author of 'The Butcher Boy', an extraordinary journey into a disturbed mind and the cartoon-like characters in an Irish village in the 1950's.  This was a very enjoyable evening - Pat McCabe read from his just released new novel 'The Stray Sod'.  He has the capability of performing each speaker's part, even the voices of the women, in a very entertaining way.  Tonight's big event is the 'Beckett Address' which will be given by Alan Stanford.  I will be attending the 'Leviathan Policital Cabaret' at the same time.  It would be great if someone could report back on the Beckett Address as it is billed as the highlight of the festival.

 Bye for now


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mountains to Sea Book Festival Dun Laoghaire

The festival was officially launched by Terry Prone last night at the County Hall.  It was great to meet up with Katie again, and congratulations to Edwin, Monica, Emer and Fiona, who were all prizewinners of the Prose on the Pier competition.  There were eight winners in all, and their pieces have been published in a free-sheet being distributed throughout the festival, which runs until Sunday 12th. The eight winners will be reading their pieces at the Bandstand Shelter on the East Pier on Saturday at 2pm.

Following the launch last night, there was an event entitled 'DLR Connections', at which four locally resident writers discussed their work and their experience as locals: Denise Deegan, Martina Devlin, Patricia O'Reilly and David McWilliams.  Very enjoyable.  Make sure to check out the website: for a full events list. Would be great to meet up with more classmates!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Pint and a Haircut - True Irish Stories in aid of Haiti

I am pleased to say that pieces by Sabine, Mary and Fiona have been selected to appear in the collection of stories gathered by Garret Pearse which is to be published in October.  For more information visit  Will update the blog when a launch date and venue has been finalised.