It’s hard to believe but a year has passed since my book Marked Off was launched. It was a wonderful night in Hanna’s Book Shop in Rathmines and, thankfully, there have many good reviews in newspapers and literary websites since. And a few appearances on television and radio shows were really great fun. Anyway, thanks one and all for your support and encouragement, and here’s to an even better new year!
This is fun!
A few photographs from the Big Night!
Plenty of chat
Interview on RTE’s Today Show with Maura Derrane and Daithi O’Shea, Friday 20th March 2015.
Video of book launch by On The Spot in Alan Hanna’s Book Shop, Rathmines on Thursday 12th February. It was a great event and the large crowd really enjoyed the night!
Patricia O’Reilly & DC
Well, the book (Marked Off) launch was great fun, with author Patricia O’Reilly saying some very kind words in her introduction – they were much appreciated. The atmosphere in The Bark Cafe (in Alan Hanna’s Bookshop) was lively and the big turnout certainly enjoyed the event. I was really delighted how it went, and must say a big thanks to New Island for organising such a memorable night!
A busy Bark Cafe
George, Marie, Phil & Millie
My favourite stack of books
Jo & DC
Finally, this is what all the fuss has been about!
Well, after a long wait my book is finally here. I collected it (and a few more) from the publishers New Island Books, and it was a great thrill. Afterwards, I was asked to write a piece about the experience of writing the book for writing.ie – an excellent website for those with an interest in books and the business of books.
And, last week, I did a video interview for ON THE SPOT
The book launch will be in Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, Rathmines on Thursday 12th February – should be a great night!
I didn’t know what to expect, but an hour later I was happy that I’d been at the opening night of the Bark Cafe in Alan Hanna’s Bookshop in Rathmines. The small space, at the back of the always friendly bookshop, was hosting its first evening performance and it went off with a real bang. Long may it continue as the city is crying for good, small venues and that is what you get in the Bark.
After a warm introduction from proprietor Charles (The Bookmesiter) Hanna, we sat back and were royally entertained by Canadian poet, novelist and singer Robert Priest. First of all he said that he had not been to Dublin since 1977, but he remembered Trinity College when he passed by. That’s understandable, as the place has been leaving impressionson on people for years! He read poems from his book Rosa Rose, and selected a few from his latest work Previously Feared Darkness. Some were long, but most were short, and to the point. He is not one for wasting words and his sharp observations of life and its vagaries are all the better for it. ‘Less is certainly more’ and Robert Priest is a master. In fact, his wordsmithery was particularly appealing to the small but rapt audience who clapped and cheered after each offering.
A Priest and his flock….
And if all that wasn’t enough he picked up his acoustic guitar and the evening really took-off. We heard that he had co-written a hit single for Alannah Myles (credibility!) and he sang a number of songs from his recently released Feeling the Pinch. His take on life and its foibles seemed even clearer as he went through The Bomb In Reverse, Song Instead Of A Kiss and the up-tempo Who The Fuck Knows which we all sang along to. Oh, what a magical moment! After the show Robert signed CDs and books and said, happily, that the night had been the best he’d ever had. Now that’s saying something, and the atmosphere in the Bark was woof, woof, wonderful! And the big question: will he be back again? Hope so, but hey, who the fuck knows!
Bark rating – woof, woof, wonderful!
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