Friday, 19 October 2007


Rejection from Piatkus press in the UK. They recently been taken over by Transworld. Very tired from full week at work and now they want me to go in tomorrow, Saturday which leaves even less time for myself for writing and generally living.

Anyone in Cavan next Friday night please consider yourself invited to this night of poetry and prose.

Editors Heather Brett and Noel Monahan are publishing the 7th collection in their Authors & Artists Introductions Series. To celebrate 15 years of promoting literature and creative writing especially with young writers, the editors have a huge line-up of newer voices in this anthology. Submissions have been wonderful, from as far away as New Zealand and America to Britain and throughout Ireland,the standard and diversity gets better with each book.

In past years the editors have introduced the likes of Joe Woods, Patrick Chapman, Catriona Clutterbuck, Nessa o Mahoney, Gregoir O Dull, Susan Millar Du Mars and Lorna O Shaughnessy to the public.

Nineteen new contributors offer poetry, prose pieces, short stories and visual art. Four launches of the book have been confirmed with others to follow in the new year. The book contains short stories and poetry in the Irish language, John Corless from Mayo and Aine Durkin from Donegal, respectively, as well as the haunting Scots gaelic poetry from Peter McKay originally from the Isle of Lewis.

Stories range from the achingly beautiful tale by Catriona O Reilly (Cavan)to the quirkyness of James Lawless (Kildare), with memorable work by Alan Mc Monagle (Galway) and Phil Young from Dublin.

Galway poets Aoife Casby and Mary Madec are published alongside Mayo's Michelle O Sullivan and Co Clare's Martin Gleeson.Jim Maguire from Wexford and Stephen Farren from the other side of the country in Derry share space with Tom Conaty and Wendy Mooney from Dublin, and Kate Dempsey from Maynooth. Ginny Sullivan (New Zealand) and Jenni Meredith from Essex end the line up of poets and the visual artist featured is James Brady from Clones.

The four launch dates are:
Friday 26th October Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan at 8pm
Thursday 1st November Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar(Mayo Writers) at 7.30
Thursday 8th November Norman Villa Gallery Salthill Galway(Western Writers) at 8pm
Tuesday 20th November Stephen Green, Dublin (Poetry Ireland) at 6.30pm

The book will be on sale, a number of contributors will be reading in each venue and refreshments will be served. For further information or queries either email or phone 0860650908


Leatherdykeuk said...

(copy of my response on my blog)

Hi EW;

My book isn't due to be published until April 2008; I'm not actually expecting anything until then.

It might be worth tracking down the winner and asking him, since he's getting published first.

PJ Nolan said...

Is that "achingly beautiful tale" by Catriona O Reilly the poet i.e. The Nowhere Birds and the Sea Cabinet?'Reilly

I haven't read any of her prose but like her poetry v much, so would be interested in this.

Emerging Writer said...

I'm not sure, pj. I was wondering the same. Why not come to one of the readings and find out for yourself?

puthwuth said...

The Cavan Caitriona O'Reilly and the Wicklow one are not the same.