Friday, 9 July 2010

Kerry writer Neil Brosnan launches first book

The first book by Listowel native Neil Brosnan was launched by writer and publican Billy Keane at the start of June as part of this year’s Listowel Writers’ Week. “Fresh Water and Other Stories” is a collection of twenty short stories penned by Brosnan. The title story won the Bryan MacMahon prize at Writers’ Week in 2004, and a number of other stories have been published in various journals and anthologies.

Brosnan’s craft has been described as “fresh and original” by fellow Kerry writer Tommy Frank O’Connor, and, according to acclaimed Irish writer Leland Bardwell, “has that very necessary talent to bring the reader immediately into the atmosphere of the telling.”

A familiar face in trad music circles, Neil’s All-Ireland and World Fleadh medal-winning songs have been heard from Drumshanbo to Dingle and from Doolin to Dunhill. Of this short story collection, Billy Keane writes in his introduction: “after much persuasion, the songwriter has given us his greatest hits.”

The book will have a second launch in O’Flaherty’s pub in Dingle town on Thursday 29th July at 730pm by acclaimed writer and musician Maidhc Dainín Ó'Sé. Anyone who may be in the area is welcome to come along.

The book is available to buy from at a price of €15.

Further information: Neil Brosnan: e-mail: and 068-23447.

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