We had a fantastic launch at the Royal Irish Academy last night for September Sundays. Minister Jimmy Deenihan did the honours, with Mícheál O’Muircheartaigh doing MC for the night. Two other very special guests of honour were the Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire cups!
Burning Bush just published a great review of Dream Country: http://tinyurl.com/kjl3cpx.
‘We have become used to assuming the role of the emigrant and it is with interest that we read from this perspective. Here is a writer who relates with empathy, depth and intelligence to issues that hold relevance for a generation.’
An Cosantóir: The Defence Forces Magazine described it as ‘an engaging love story with plenty of action thrown in for good measure, set during a very interesting period of our history’.
The Meath Chronicle called it ‘a riveting, well written tale which delves into the mind and conflicting emotions and loyalties experienced by a young man in a time when Ireland and the rest of Europe was in flux and Fascism was on the rise.’
Meanwhile, the Northern Standard was particularly enthusiastic, saying ‘Sweeney’s 240-page tale of intrigue makes compulsive reading as an unlikely love affair blossoms in a murky world where post-independence IRA operatives are caught up in dubious dealings with shady figures from England and the Continent as the fascist foothold grows in Europe.’
Once in Another World published in May, and is available from New Island, on Kindle and Kobo, and from your local bookshop.
Check out Donna Sørensen’s vlog on You Tube, talking with author Iain Broome about her new book, Dream Country. The vlog was recorded to accompany her regular Write for your Life podcast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iWmn352h-I
Dream Country is Donna’s first poetry collection, just published by New Island Books. Donna is a former publicity and events manager at O’Brien Press, and currently lives in Copenhagen. If you’re around that part of the world in the next month, watch this space for details of her reading there next month.
Had a great weekend down at the Scariff Harbour Festival in Co. Clare. Among the high-profile visitors such as Damien Dempsey and Frances Black, were two of our very own New Island authors. Here’s a photo of Theo Dorgan launching the Nicki Griffin’s The Skipper & her Mate.
Although this is her first book, Nicki’s becoming quite a high-profile figure herself, with not one, but two spots on the Marian Finucane show. Listen back to her interview last Saturday, and make sure to tune in this Saturday for the follow up with a feature recorded from her boat on the Shannon.
There’s a great review for Martin Malone’s Valley of the Peacock Angel over on Brian Byrne’s Kilcullen Diary:
In Valley of the Peacock Angel, Kildare author Martin alone has written a small masterpiece, writes Brian Byrne. Small because it isn’t a very long book. Small because it is essentially about maybe a half-dozen people. But paradoxically it is very large indeed because those same characters make real a tragedy so fearsome and so complex that most of us just let it wash over our lives as a news story too far away to affect us.