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  • The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy - thrills, chills, tales of the macabre Back to News > The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy - thrills, chills, tales of the macabre -From the pen of Susan R. Murphy, comes a collection of short stories, comprising thrills, chills, tales of the macabre that reflect influences ranging from American Gothic horror, ancient Greek mythology, UFO abductions, Halloween scares and campfire tales. The characters who feature in these tales are beings cursed by fate. Life and death holds no distinction for them. Escape, or eternal rest eludes them. They wander the world, crossing continents and even galaxies, in search of sport, prey and sometimes sanctuary. For the immortals, there can be no respite and no final resting place: they are prisoners of this world, a world that they cannot ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2014 03:55 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2014 and the Hanna Greally Literary Awards Back to News > SiarScéal Festival 2014 and Hanna Greally Literary Awards Opportunity to have Your Book Published in Print and E-Book Editions SiarScéal Festival 2014 will take place in Roscommon Town, on Saturday, 25 October, with an exciting programme of events lined up. The main venue is Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town but full details of times and venues are available from the SiarScéal website. A brochure containing the Programme of Events is also available to download. A further date has been added for Friday, 28 November, when the Trinity Arts Centre in nearby Castlerea will host a Water Music exhibition: a study of the River Suck through mixed media and haiku with artist, Anne Rigney and ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2014 02:12 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock by Dezi Jay M Back to News > The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock a story of homelessness and resettlementAs the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I is marked across the globe, the publication of a new book dealing with homelessness and addiction, reminds us of the constant battles being fought on a daily basis, including on an individual and personal level. The resolution of such conflicts can often be the result of a surprising turn of events.  The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock by Dezi Jay M is a frank, moving and personal account, reflecting on the problem of homelessness in Ireland today, told from the perspective of someone who has experienced it first hand. The author charts ...
    Posted 28 Jul 2014 02:32 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Potless Generation, a collection of poems by James Linnane Back to News > The Potless Generation, a collection of poems by James Linnane from the author of The Life and Times of a ‘Gotcha’The Potless Generation is a collection of poems by James Linnane, published by The Manuscript Publisher and on sale now in print and e-book editions. In the author’s own words, it is "a book about where my country and our world is at right now, put where we are by the unscrupulous, ruthless and greedy."Linnane’s poetry visits many places, exploring emotions and themes that will strike a chord with "anyone with a spirit generous enough to weep for the world," according to fellow poet, Kieran Furey. "There is plenty of life experience ...
    Posted 2 Jul 2014 04:53 by Oscar Duggan
  • Kindle Promotions on Amazon in April and May Back to News > Kindle Promotions on Amazon, in April and May from The Manuscript PublisherKindle readers will have the opportunity to download for free, titles in our e-book library throughout April and May, starting this weekend with the SiarScéal Anthology, Roscommon in Reflection, published in 2012 by Roscommon County Library Services.To avail of this offer, simply log on to Amazon, between now and Monday (April 14). If you do not already own a Kindle device, these can be purchased from Amazon or you can download one of the free Kindle apps, to your phone, iPad, tablet, computer or laptop. The SiarScéal Anthology is a collection of poetry and prose, celebrating the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of ...
    Posted 2 Jul 2014 03:25 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2014 Programme of Events SiarScéal Festival 2014 Programme of Events (including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards)The Manuscript Publisher has teamed up with the organisers of the annual SiarScéal Festival, which takes place in Roscommon, to offer one budding writer the opportunity to have their work published professionally and for free, in print and e-book editions. From the SiarScéal website: SiarScéal Festival 2014 will take place on Saturday, 25 October in Roscommon Town. The festival, which celebrates the culture and heritage of the county of Roscommon, is now in its eight year. The full programme of events, which have just been announced, includes morning and evening activities, appealing to all ages and a wide range of interests, literary and cultural tastes. The main ...
    Posted 2 Apr 2014 19:42 by Oscar Duggan
  • I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu. Available in Print and E-Book Editions. I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu exploring themes of individual autonomy and human rights, in context of family, tradition, modernisation, social change From the pen of Joy C. Agwu comes a timely work of fiction, dealing with the problems that arise when traditional societies and patriarchies are confronted with demands for modernisation. I Live by the Gun is Joy’s third published work and first full-length novel. Set in modern-day Nigeria, it tells the story of a family torn apart by conflicting ideas and loyalties, as they pertain to social and family relations.When Edward, a successful, caring family man is gunned down one day by violent criminals, he leaves behind a widow with two ...
    Posted 18 Mar 2014 10:31 by Oscar Duggan
  • Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simspon Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 A new memoir recalls life in a Cornish Fishing Village in the 1960'sBack in the early 1960s, Trevor Simpson realised his dream, when he got himself aboard as a crewman on a small lobster boat, working out of the Cornish town of Newquay. For Trevor, the sea was always in his blood, having spent nine years in the Royal Navy, which he joined at the age of 16. He had already sailed many high seas and visited distant shores before his demobilisation in 1956. As he set about in earnest to learn to craft of sea-fishing - making pots, mending nets, rising early and working late - he also began keeping ...
    Posted 16 Jun 2014 04:58 by Oscar Duggan
  • Christmas Greetings from The Manuscript Publisher Greetings of the Season - wishing you a very merry Christmas, a peaceful and prosperous New Year -We would like to extend to all of our friends, followers, authors, publishers, readers, colleagues, co-workers, well-wishers a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. 2013 was a year in which many great strides were made. Thank you to everyone who has been involved. 2014 promises to be no less exciting. Already, we have several new books ready to launch in the New Year. These include: Diary of a Cornish Fisherman by Trevor Simpson is a fascinating account of life in a Cornish fishing village in the 1960s Author Joy C. Agwu's first full length novel is entitled ...
    Posted 18 Mar 2014 07:42 by Oscar Duggan
  • New Edition of John Toland's An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover (1705) An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover by John Toland (1670-1722) - New edition now available in print and e-book formats -A new edition of John Toland’s early 18th century pamphlet, An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover, has just been published in print and e-book editions by The Manuscript Publisher. The appearance of this new edition will be of interest to students of Irish and European history of the early Enlightenment period, as well as anyone familiar with the life and work of one who has been described as ‘Ireland’s forgotten philosopher’. Its availability in modern, accessible formats, will further popularise the writings of one who is largely unknown in the ...
    Posted 30 Oct 2013 03:47 by Oscar Duggan
  • Introducing... The Stories of Molly's Never Ending Adventures First Instalment in a New Series of Children's Fiction by Samantha Ann RobinsonThe Magic through the Glass Door by Samantha Ann Robinson is the first instalment in an exciting new children’s adventure series entitled, The Stories of Molly’s Never Ending Adventures. Samantha has been writing children’s fiction for a number of years but this is her first published book. Growing up, she had been involved in singing, dancing, drama including performances at The Gaiety Theatre. She also attended the Performing Arts School in Dublin where ‘many a famous face would have been seen.’ “I suppose the dreams and magic were all around those surroundings. Working with and sharing the hopes, dreams and talent of many ...
    Posted 29 Sep 2013 05:36 by Oscar Duggan
  • Writing for Publishing: Tullamore Course Dates Announced Writing for Publishing course for Tullamore, September and OctoberDetails have just been announced of a Writing for Publishing course which is to take place in Tullamore, Co. Offaly over four weeks, beginning Saturday 21 September and continuing over the following three Saturdays. Full details of the course are as follows: Saturday, 21 September - Overview of the Publishing Process, commences 2pm Saturday, 28 September - Self-Publishing, commences 2pm Saturday, 5 October - E-Publishing and the Rise of the E-Book, commences 2pm Saturday, 12 October - Building and Manging your Web Presence (as an author, writer, independent publisher), commences 2pm Tullamore Library (e-learning suite) is the venue - for directions, please refer to the map below - and interested participants can book ...
    Posted 10 Sep 2013 09:14 by Oscar Duggan
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The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy - thrills, chills, tales of the macabre

posted 21 Oct 2014 16:44 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 22 Oct 2014 03:55 ]

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The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy
- thrills, chills, tales of the macabre -

From the pen of Susan R. Murphy, comes a collection of short stories, comprising thrills, chills, tales of the macabre that reflect influences ranging from American Gothic horror, ancient Greek mythology, UFO abductions, Halloween scares and campfire tales.
The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy - thrills, chills, tales of the macabre

The characters who feature in these tales are beings cursed by fate. Life and death holds no distinction for them. Escape, or eternal rest eludes them. They wander the world, crossing continents and even galaxies, in search of sport, prey and sometimes sanctuary. For the immortals, there can be no respite and no final resting place: they are prisoners of this world, a world that they cannot leave. Some become hunters, others find themselves among the hunted. They alone have the strength to witness, to endure and to casually inflict tragic and inhuman suffering.

The Immortals is Susan's first published book, although she has been writing for many years. The series of short stories presented in this volume, she sat down to write one day in 1993. However, as the title of the volume suggests, they have a quality that transcends time. She has taken ideas from her life and the different places that she has lived, also influenced by stories related to her by family, friends and relatives.

Susan was born in Columbus, Ohio. The only memory of that place, she says, is "the cold, the snow, red licorice and white castle hamburgers." With her father serving in the US Navy, her family moved around a lot, until the age of twelve, when they eventually settled in San Diego. She continues to reside in California, in a desert community but many of the places that she lived in during her formative years are recalled in The Immortals.

The Haunted Railroad Tracks derives from her time in Charlestown, South Carolina while The House on Fairwood Avenue (an old Victorian style home with the glass doorknobs) refers to an early childhood home in Ohio. Other stories, such as The Butcher of Moore Mansion, are based on actual events, including murder mysteries and haunted house horrors that she heard about when she was growing up. She also has an enduring fascination with mythology, particularly that of the ancients, as reflected in Euryale the Gorgon and The Lost Princess of Atlantis.

Susan's stories testify to an abiding interest in horror, the supernatural and 'things that go bump in the night'. As she recalls, "The first movie I saw was called Straight-Jacket," memorable for scenes of heads rolling down the staircase. "From then on, I was hooked on anything horror." As a child, she played with her Barbie and Ken dolls, as most kids of that age would "but I played Vampires with mine."

Susan’s purpose in writing this volume, she says, "is to reach out to those who are interested in not quite normal everyday routine things. To scare the daylights out of the reader and probably give you all nightmares, or to just get you thinking that there may be something else out there not quite human."

In that, she has most certainly succeeded.

The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. For further information, see the websites of The Manuscript Publisher and the author's official website.

SiarScéal Festival 2014 and the Hanna Greally Literary Awards

posted 16 Sep 2014 00:42 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 16 Sep 2014 02:12 ]


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SiarScéal Festival 2014 and Hanna Greally Literary Awards
Opportunity to have Your Book Published in Print and E-Book Editions

SiarScéal Festival 2014 programme of events (including Hanna Greally Literary Awards)
SiarScéal Festival 2014 will take place in Roscommon Town, on Saturday, 25 October, with an exciting programme of events lined up. The main venue is Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town but full details of times and venues are available from the SiarScéal website. A brochure containing the Programme of Events is also available to download.

A further date has been added for Friday, 28 November, when the Trinity Arts Centre in nearby Castlerea will host a Water Music exhibition: a study of the River Suck through mixed media and haiku with artist, Anne Rigney and poet, Gwen Bond.

A centre-piece of the SiarScéal Festival, now in its eight year, is the Hanna Greally Literary Awards. This takes place annually in conjunction with the festival, honouring the life of Athlone-born writer best remembered for her memoir, Bird Nest Soup, a moving personal account of life inside Ireland’s psychiatric hospitals in the 1940s and 1950s.

The overall winner of this years award will have their book published, in print and e-book editions, courtesy of The Manuscript Publisher, the publishing solutions and author services provider who are sponsoring the prize. Entries for the Awards, which should consist of no more than 1000 words for prose submissions or 100 lines for poetry, must be received before Friday, 17 October. Up to three entries per person will be accepted. Full details, including competition rules of entry are available from the SiarScéal website.
The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan

Another highlight of this years festival will be the launch of the book, The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan. This is a work of historical fiction inspired by students from Castleplunkett National School and Abbey National School, both in Roscommon. Signed copies of the book will be on sale at the festival launch. It will also be available to buy online, in print and e-book editions from October.

Writers workshops, open mic, an evening concert recital featuring Lilibulero are among the other events being organised.

SiarScéal celebrates the history and the people of Roscommon. The festival extends a warm welcome to anyone with links to Roscommon or even just an affinity for its unique culture and heritage. However it is also open to the general public and promises fun, entertainment, relaxation for all ages and interests.

The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock by Dezi Jay M

posted 28 Jul 2014 00:15 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 28 Jul 2014 02:32 ]


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The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock
a story of homelessness and resettlement

As the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I is marked across the globe, the publication of a new book dealing with homelessness and addiction, reminds us of the constant battles being fought on a daily basis, including on an individual and personal level. The resolution of such conflicts can often be the result of a surprising turn of events. 
The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock by Dezi Jay M. Available in print and e-book editions.

The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock by Dezi Jay M is a frank, moving and personal account, reflecting on the problem of homelessness in Ireland today, told from the perspective of someone who has experienced it first hand. The author charts his own journey from homelessness to resettlement: not just a question of physical abode but also the deeper, more searching question of finding a home within oneself.

Dezi Jay M. grew up in Coolock, Dublin. Early experiences of abuse and addiction affected his life, resulting in several periods of homelessness, including following the break-up of his marriage in 2008. The author believes that the vast majority of people in Ireland today are "only a few months, or even a few weeks wages away from being homeless."

When I think about the homeless in Smithfield Square, I often wonder what they might have said to their parents and teachers, when they asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. They probably said, ‘I want to work at computers, or be a plumber, or a rock star.' They certainly never said, ‘I want to be homeless.’

In The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock, the author vividly recalls his own personal watershed, which occurred on a November day at a Word War I Armistice Day commemoration in the Irish Peace Park in Messines, near Ypres in Belgium.

"It was a very cold day, though far from the conditions in the trenches during the fighting. With God's grace, I held the Irish flag above my head in the cold for one and a half hours, with the poppy on my heart while a Belgian bishop celebrated Mass. Yes, someone was looking after me; my heart was going in the right direction, releasing a long-held bitterness from my soul."

For the author, being able to relate his own troubles to the legacy his country’s turbulent history, gave him an insight that helped to put his experiences in perspective. Since that day, Dezi has embarked on a career in the performing arts, while also achieving a certificate in addiction studies. In December 2010, he was invited to meet President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese, from whom he received a commendation for overcoming homelessness.

I gratefully accepted this honour; yet I know from my thirty years of sobriety, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that such feats as surviving my alcoholism, mental illness, and homelessness, can only be achieved with the support of countless wonderful people, one’s own hard work, and through the grace of God.

The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. It is also available in certain bookshops, including Footprints, with branches in Talbot Street, Dublin 1 and George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire. RRP €7.99 plus P&P.

The Potless Generation, a collection of poems by James Linnane

posted 2 Jul 2014 03:27 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 2 Jul 2014 04:53 ]

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The Potless Generation,
a collection of poems by James Linnane
from the author of The Life and Times of a ‘Gotcha’

The Potless Generation is a collection of poems by James Linnane, published by The Manuscript Publisher and on sale now in print and e-book editions. In the author’s own words, it is "a book about where my country and our world is at right now, put where we are by the unscrupulous, ruthless and greedy."
The Potless Generation, a collection of poems by James Linnane

Linnane’s poetry visits many places, exploring emotions and themes that will strike a chord with "anyone with a spirit generous enough to weep for the world," according to fellow poet, Kieran Furey. "There is plenty of life experience to be distilled from between the lines."

Further praise for The Potless Generation:

This is a collection of poems that touches on everything, from the passing of time to the political mess we find ourselves in and often with a savage twist or sting in the tail. There is some lovely humour and then performance pieces like Head for the Door and The Starkness of Silence have a standard that should keep them around for a long time. If I had to pick a poem though on a once through, Cold Days Are Coming hits the spot and it's worth getting your hands on a copy just for that. - The Tara Poetry Blog

James Linnane was born in Co. Galway, in 1962, but now lives in Co. Meath, with his wife and two daughters. People who know him have described him as everything from "a kind of mad-but-wise existentialist bog philosopher" to "a man with an above-average-sized brain and an extraordinarily big heart" - often in the same sentence.

Linnane's themes are frequently dark: aging, nostalgia, regret, the brutish incompetence and indifference of some of those who rule us politically and financially. Ageing is presented as winter drawing in and night coming on. But humour often breaks through, like sunshine through the clouds. - Kieran Furey

Angry, discordant notes are indeed present in The Potless Generation but it will be evident to the reader that these are borne of a "love of his country ... his belief in dignity, truth, justice, democracy and the hardship experienced by the common man ... so well expressed in this book," as Máire Morrissey-Cummins observes in the Foreword to this volume. There is also much by way of genuine warmth and even an optimism. Hardships are endured and struggles are waged so that the obstacles standing in the way of progress can be overcome. Linnane believes passionately that the outcome of all this will be a better world for all, both this and future generations. Growing old, even death itself can be seen as part of this renewal:

Harvest fruit is falling fast, ripe and ready for eating.
It seems each year it's old mistakes that I have been repeating.
Put away your summer thoughts, unwrap the garments of colder days,
When winter comes, our time is done and everything decays.
- from Cold Days are Coming, published in The Potless Generation by James Linnane

James Linnane has lead something of a roving life, with an interesting and varied career that has included bar work, construction and engineering, security and retail. He has always been a writer at heart however and has carried that with him wherever life has taken him. His first book, Never Take an Irishman Seriously Unless He's Armed, is a collection of poems and short stories that was published in New York, in 1988 but now out of print.
The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha' by James Linnane

The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha' was published in 2011 and has been re-issued, in print and e-book format, to coincide with the publication of The Potless Generation. Described as a 'novel', it reads a lot like a thinly fictionalised memoir of his experiences, while working as a security guard in various parts of Dublin, during the 1980s and '90s.

How much is true and how much actually happened? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Amid the boredom of a mind-numbing job, sometimes emerged a madness and events which you really could not invent; you just had to be there. - James Linnane, author of The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha'

The Potless Generation and The Life and Times of a ‘Gotcha’, both by James Linnane, are available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. Further information is available from the The Manuscript Publisher and also from the author’s website, James Linnane Bookchat Corner.

Kindle Promotions on Amazon in April and May

posted 11 Apr 2014 04:05 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 2 Jul 2014 03:25 ]

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Kindle Promotions on Amazon, in April and May
from The Manuscript Publisher

SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection. A collection of poetry and prose.
Kindle readers will have the opportunity to download for free, titles in our e-book library throughout April and May, starting this weekend with the SiarScéal Anthology, Roscommon in Reflection, published in 2012 by Roscommon County Library Services.

To avail of this offer, simply log on to Amazon, between now and Monday (April 14). If you do not already own a Kindle device, these can be purchased from Amazon or you can download one of the free Kindle apps, to your phone, iPad, tablet, computer or laptop.

The SiarScéal Anthology is a collection of poetry and prose, celebrating the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of the county of Roscommon, in the heart of Ireland. It represents the cream of the first five years of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Hanna Greally Awards. Submissions can be on any theme and can be in poetry or prose. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup, which forms part of the awards, will be awarded to the best entry received on the theme of Coman's Wood. The overall winner will have their book published, in print and e-book format, courtesy of The Manuscript Publisher.

Closing date for entries is October 10th and the presentation of the awards will form part of the annual SiarScéal Festival, to take place on 25 October in Roscommon Town. The full programme of events is available from the SiarScéal website.

Dates for your Diary

Make a note in your diary for further Kindle promotions in April and May:
A Woeful Tale by Derrick Cranpole. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2012.

17-21 April - A Woeful Tale by Derrick Cranpole. Life in a fishing community, on the south coast of Ireland, is recorded in this collection of poetry and illustrations. Cranpole discovered poetry during his time at sea, which took him from the Arctic to the Southern Ocean and from the Americas to the Red Sea. Remembering bits of verse helped pass the long watches of the night.

"Over the years I have known a lobster fisherman from the South-East, a man fond of a bit of ironic, sometimes blunt poetry or ditties, particularly when he was infuriated by official policies on fishing." - Tom MacSweeney, Marine Times.

The Magic through the Glass Door by Samantha Ann Robinson. First instalment in The Stories of Molly's Never Ending Adventures series.

24-28 April - The Magic through the Glass Door by Samantha Ann Robinson. Molly is a bubbly happy five-year-old but there is something very different about her: she creates magic wherever she goes and whatever she touches turns into a new adventure. This is the first instalment in The Stories of Molly's Never Ending Adventures series. Expect more from this talented author of children's fiction.

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although written for a child it can keep you totally focused on the story. You feel you are in this adventure and speaking as an adult, I was captivated by this story and did not want to put it down. This book is also for parents and grandparents and the size of the print is easy reading. I would highly recommend this book also because as an adult, it brings the magic back to you that you had as a child." - Mick (on Amazon)


1-5 May - Where Did They Get You? a memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell. Growing up in Ireland in the 1950s, a career in nursing that spanned five decades, globetrotting adventures that takes in eight countries.
Where Did They Get You? a memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2012.

"This book will strike a chord with many people as it explores so many life experiences and issues, including motherhood, emigration, growing up in Ireland, betrayal, love and loss. It is a story that documents McDonnell's varied nursing career and all of the places it took her. It also deals with coming to terms with whatever life throws at you. The independence, courage and strength of character that Bridget displayed throughout her life is truly inspirational." - World of Irish Nursing magazine.

SiarScéal Festival 2014 Programme of Events

posted 2 Apr 2014 19:42 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 2 Apr 2014 19:42 ]

SiarScéal Festival 2014 Programme of Events
(including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards)

The Manuscript Publisher has teamed up with the organisers of the annual SiarScéal Festival, which takes place in Roscommon, to offer one budding writer the opportunity to have their work published professionally and for free, in print and e-book editions.
From the SiarScéal website:

SiarScéal Festival 2014 will take place on Saturday, 25 October in Roscommon Town. The festival, which celebrates the culture and heritage of the county of Roscommon, is now in its eight year.
SiarScéal Festival - celebrating the culture and heritage of Roscommon

The full programme of events, which have just been announced, includes morning and evening activities, appealing to all ages and a wide range of interests, literary and cultural tastes. The main venue for the festival will be Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town.

Proceedings will commence with an official opening, presided over by County Librarian and festival patron, Richie Farrell, with the Mayor of Roscommon as invited guest.

This will be followed by the launch of the book, The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan, a work of historical fiction inspired by the students from Castleplunkett National School and Abbey National School, Roscommon.

The afternoon will see announcement of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards for 2014, entries for which are now being accepted. The closing date is Friday, 10 October. Entries may consist of poetry, prose, short stories (maximum 60 lines or 300 words) on any subject or theme. The annual Ger Hanily Memorial Cup, which forms part of the awards ceremony, will be awarded to the best entry on the theme of Coman's Wood.

The incentive for entrants to this years Hanna Greally Literary Awards, includes cash prizes, trophies and certificates. The overall winner will come away with a €1,000 publishing services package from The Manuscript Publisher, the Irish-based publishing solutions provider. The prize is designed for self-publishing authors and independent publishers. It will result in the winning entrant having his or her book published, in print and e-book format, with full editorial, design, ISBN registration, sales and marketing support.

In the afternoon, Galway-based writer, Fred Johnston will host a writers workshop. Fred's most recent collection of poetry is entitled, Alligator Days. He has also written novels, short stories and plays and in 2004, was writer in residence to the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.

The festival will conclude with an evening classical concert with recitals, to take place in St. Coman's Church of Ireland, Roscommon Town.

More information about SiarScéal Festival 2014, including the full Programme of Events and competition entry details for the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, are available from the festival website - www.SiarSceal.com

I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu. Available in Print and E-Book Editions.

posted 18 Mar 2014 07:48 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 18 Mar 2014 10:31 ]

I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu

exploring themes of individual autonomy and human rights, in context of family, tradition, modernisation, social change

From the pen of Joy C. Agwu comes a timely work of fiction, dealing with the problems that arise when traditional societies and patriarchies are confronted with demands for modernisation. I Live by the Gun is Joy’s third published work and first full-length novel. Set in modern-day Nigeria, it tells the story of a family torn apart by conflicting ideas and loyalties, as they pertain to social and family relations.
I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu. Published with the assistance of The Manuscript Publisher, 2014.

When Edward, a successful, caring family man is gunned down one day by violent criminals, he leaves behind a widow with two young children. They continue to enjoy the support of Edward’s wider family circle after his death. Turmoil enters their ranks however, when Robert, Edward’s older brother, announces his intention to move into the family home of his late brother, citing local traditions. Robert’s own family, from whom he is estranged, oppose his bid. His father also strongly warns against this course, "Lest tragedy and pestilence befall you." He advises Robert that, "Any tradition that does not add value to our lives has to be thrown away."

In I Live by the Gun, Joy C. Agwu continues her preoccupation with themes of family, faith, community and the ties that bind, which are much in evidence in her previous work. With I Live by the Gun however, she takes these themes a step further however, championing the cause of individual autonomy, which is invariably threatened when society perceives it to be a threat to its own values and traditions.

This thoughtful and considered account can be read as an affirmation of human rights, as they pertain to women and children in particular, weighed down by the expectations of 'culture and traditions'. Such claims, when invoked in an anachronistic sort way, often serve as a pretext to impose conditions of servitude upon people.

I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu is published by The Manuscript Publisher, in print and e-book editions, which are available to buy online as well as in all good bookshops. RRP €10.99 plus P&P for the print edition. The e-book editions are currently available at a special introductory price of US$2.99 (subject to local taxes and currency exchange rates).

Further information is available from the website of The Manuscript Publisher and from the author’s official website.

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simspon

posted 28 Jan 2014 05:48 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 16 Jun 2014 04:58 ]

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967
A new memoir recalls life in a Cornish Fishing Village in the 1960's

Back in the early 1960s, Trevor Simpson realised his dream, when he got himself aboard as a crewman on a small lobster boat, working out of the Cornish town of Newquay. For Trevor, the sea was always in his blood, having spent nine years in the Royal Navy, which he joined at the age of 16. He had already sailed many high seas and visited distant shores before his demobilisation in 1956.
Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simpson. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2014

As he set about in earnest to learn to craft of sea-fishing - making pots, mending nets, rising early and working late - he also began keeping a diary:

"... to record the weather and the numbers of crawfish and lobsters we caught. Basically that, together with the areas we fished, was supposed to be all of it. It just kind of grew then so that before very long, I was adding scraps of information about what was happening to other fishermen besides us. As the year advanced, more and more details were added. Snatches of conversations were included and sometimes stories recounted to us by other people, were faithfully written up."

The diary records his impressions of life in a small fishing community, adventures on sea and on land, battling with hostile elements, both natural and man-made. It also charts his own progression, from crewman to skipper of his own boat, the growing challenges of raising a young family and his decision to move to Ireland.

Overfishing, the result of diving for shellfish, pollution caused by oil spillages, an unsympathetic officialdom all combined to make life difficult for people who depended on the sea for their livelihood. A meeting in Dublin with representatives of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (the Irish Sea Fisheries Board), resulted in an invitation to move operations to the south coast of Ireland.

The final chapter records the voyage of the Reaper, a 34" 6' St. Ives gig, on a nerve-tingling journey across the Irish Sea. The two-man crew eventually made landfall at 7pm on 22 August 1967, arriving at Dunmore East harbour. The diary ends there but the reader is left with the feeling that the story does not. There is an air of intrigue as to what might have followed and the author himself has hinted at the possibility of a sequel.

The diary itself lay in an attic for about 40 years, before it was dusted off, edited and now presented to the reading public.

"Just reading through it has triggered so many memories. Suddenly, I am 'down harbour' again and standing on the yellow sand. The sun is baking the seaweed on the harbour wall and it smells good. The boats are all made of wood and smartly painted. As the tide floods into the harbour, the boats come afloat. The crews slip their moorings and the boats head out to sea, their mizzen sails are barked canvas, red-brown in colour. Ropes are made of manila or sisal. The skippers and the crewmen are young and strong. The diary shines a light on those times and on our working lives."

Generously illustrated with photographs, drawings and diagrams, complete with a glossary of nautical and fishing terms, it doesn’t just introduce us to the life of the seafarer, it invites the reader in.

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 is published by The Manuscript Publisher (ISBN: 978-0-9576729-2-5). It is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions, as well as in all good bookshops. RRP €14.99 (print edition).

The e-book edition is currently available at a special introductory price of US$2.99 (actual price may vary, depending on country and currency) for a limited time only, from Kindle, Smashwords and all major online retailers.

Christmas Greetings from The Manuscript Publisher

posted 24 Dec 2013 03:17 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 18 Mar 2014 07:42 ]

Greetings of the Season
- wishing you a very merry Christmas, a peaceful and prosperous New Year -

We would like to extend to all of our friends, followers, authors, publishers, readers, colleagues, co-workers, well-wishers a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

2013 was a year in which many great strides were made. Thank you to everyone who has been involved. 2014 promises to be no less exciting. Already, we have several new books ready to launch in the New Year. These include:
Diary of a Cornish Fisherman by Trevor Simpson. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2014

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman by Trevor Simpson is a fascinating account of life in a Cornish fishing village in the 1960s

I Live by the Gun by Joy C. Agwu. Published with the assistance of The Manuscript Publisher, 2014.
Author Joy C. Agwu's first full length novel is entitled I Live by the Gun. Set in modern day Nigeria, it is a story that deals with the issues that arise when traditional hierarchies are confronted with the demands for modernisation and individual autonomy.

Also, we are very pleased to welcome our youngest writer to the publishing world. Sandra Agwu is just 8 years old but her story, Mark the Genius is without doubt, an unprecedented literary achievement.


All of these titles are available to pre-order from our Online Catalogue, along with other previously published titles, many of which are also available to buy in e-book format. If you are not already on our mailing list, we strongly recommend that you sign up, as we have an exciting programme of events planned for 2014, including special offers for readers - details of which will be announced.

Also in 2014, we will be announcing details of our Writing for Publishing workshops, to take place at venues across the country.

To keep in touch with all of our activities:

New Edition of John Toland's An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover (1705)

posted 29 Oct 2013 18:32 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 30 Oct 2013 03:47 ]

An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover
by John Toland (1670-1722)

- New edition now available in print and e-book formats -

A new edition of John Toland’s early 18th century pamphlet, An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover, has just been published in print and e-book editions by The Manuscript Publisher.

The appearance of this new edition will be of interest to students of Irish and European history of the early Enlightenment period, as well as anyone familiar with the life and work of one who has been described as ‘Ireland’s forgotten philosopher’. Its availability in modern, accessible formats, will further popularise the writings of one who is largely unknown in the English-speaking world and sadly neglected in his home country.
An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover by John Toland (1670-1722). Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2013.

John Toland, who was born in Co. Donegal in 1670, was notorious in his lifetime for his fiery polemics that challenged political and ecclesiastical authority of the day. At the same time, these Accounts also show him to be a capable chronicler and a keen social observer. Even after 300 years, they remain highly readable and continue to be cited by historians of the period.

“What we get from reading them is an engaging and accessible picture of life in those German courts, and of the people who inhabited them at the turn of the 17th to 18th Century.” - J.N. Duggan, General Editor and author of John Toland: Ireland’s Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic (2010)


Having left Ireland (for good as it happened) following the controversy surrounding his first book Christianity not Mysterious, Toland found himself in England, eking out a living from writing pamphlets that championed various Whig causes. One such pamphlet, entitled Anglia Libera published in 1701, supported the Act of Settlement of the same year. This led to Toland being invited to travel to Hanover, as part of Lord Macclesfield's delegation, which delivered the Act to Sophia, Electress of Hanover. The Act named Sophia and her Protestant descendants as heirs to the British throne, should Queen Anne die without a successor.

In Hanover, Toland was well received, especially by the Electress Sophia:

... it was noted that during the daily walks around the gardens of Herrenhausen, Sophia and the Irishman would distance themselves from the attendant courtiers so that they could talk in private. - from John Toland ... by J.N. Duggan (2010)


He was also introduced to the court philosopher, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who thought him to be “a man of esprit and is not lacking in erudition, but he pushes things too far.” (see J.N. Duggan, 2010)

Toland visited the court of Berlin the following year, where he made a similar impression on the Electress’s daughter, the Queen in Prussia, Sophia Charlotte. The two had a lot in common and struck up a warm friendship. Toland even addressed one of his books to her: Letters to Serena published in 1704. In the Accounts, she is referred to as having, “so just an Idea of Government, that in all Germany they call her the Republican Queen.”

Toland’s support for the Hanoverian succession might appear contradictory, given his staunch Republican leaning, which expressed itself in opposition to the Divine Right of Kings. In common with other Whigs however, Toland based his support on the assumption that ultimately, real power would be vested in Parliament:

"I have always been, now am, and ever shall be persuaded that all sorts of magistrates are made for and by the people, and not the people for or by the magistrates ... and consequently that it is lawful to resist and punish tyrants of all sorts ... I am therefore avowedly a Commonwealth's man" - John Toland, Vindicius liberus (1702)


An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover; sent to a Minister of State in Holland by John Toland is published in print and e-book editions by The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online.


Other works of John Toland that are published by The Manuscript Publisher are available to buy online, in print and e-book editions, along with the historical biography, John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic by J.N. Duggan, who is General Editor of this project to publicise and make available Toland's writings. J.N. Duggan's official website can be found at BooksbyJNDuggan.com

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