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The Unity Project, the title of the recently published second volume of poetry and verse by artist and poet, Brian Corvin, will be formally launched at The Irish Writers' Centre on Thursday, 6 October starting 6:30pm.
Brian’s first book, The Dream Journey, published in 2009, took him 50 years to write. This second volume has taken him just five years, which, he describes, as "progress of a kind". In The Unity Project, he sets out to complete the task that he set himself with his first outing.
The book takes its title from the long anchor poem contained within, itself inspired by the writings of Abdul Baha (1844-1921) who, over 150 years ago, put forward the view that 'the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens'. It was with the intention of exploring the ramifications of such ideas that set Brian Corvin on his own journey.
"I wrote the poem, The Unity Project, about the next step in our evolutionary development, to give voice to my beliefs and hopes for a better world," says Brian.
The conclusions that he has come to are set forward in the two volumes of poetry that have been published to date. They are also presented, in summary form, on a website that is being launched to coincide with the new publication. This, he hopes, offers a platform that can "develop and morph into a people’s power movement, which can and will work for real and fundamental change on three levels: the individual, the communal and the global."
The Unity Project by Brian Corvin is published by The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. Further information is available from the websites of the author and the publisher.
Signed copies will also be available at the launch to take place at the Irish Writers' Centre on Parnell Square, Dublin on Thursday, 6 October starting 6.30pm. Make a note in your diary. Download your invitation here. See map (below) for directions to the Irish Writers' Centre.
posted 10 Jul 2016, 19:08
Thousands of e-book titles are selling on Smashwords at significantly discounted prices during July - including many that you can download for free. Smashwords are the world's largest distributor of independently published e-book titles. Self-published authors and independent publishers are taking part in this, their eight annual Summer/Winter promotion:
"Here in the Northern hemisphere, it's mid-summer. Readers everywhere are loading up their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations. But what about our good friends South of the equator, who are now in the middle of winter? They deserve to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good read too! That's the story behind our Summer/Winter promotion, and as a Smashwords author or publisher, this is a great opportunity to reach new readers!"
Readers and lovers of good books have a rare opportunity to stock up on titles. Meanwhile, the self-published authors and independent publishers behind these titles gain exposure, helping to promote their work to a wider readership with the potential for a knock-on effect on future sales. Participation in this promotion is open to all authors who have published Smashwords. Smashword titles are available in all common e-book formats, making them suitable for reading on all of the popular e-reading devices and apps.
If you have not yet published but are interested in exploring the world of e-Publishing, talk to us today. Find out how our services, as they relate to e-Publishing and all aspects of the publishing process, can assist you, just as we have assisted others.
Here at The Manuscript Publisher, we are offering 50% off on all of our e-book titles published on Smashwords during July, as part of this promotion. To avail, simply visit our Smashwords catalogue or see below to choose from our range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and anthologies (including memoir, history, Irish history, personal development and self-help). Then, use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout to claim your 50% discount.
We hope that you will avail of this offer - remember, it only comes around once a year. We would also like to receive your feedback on the titles that you purchase, perhaps in the form of a review, which can be posted to Smashwords, to our Online Bookshop, or your own websites and blogs.
|Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre
by Sorcha Duggan
by Seamus McCrudden
|The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
by Rose Morris
|The Stories Of Molly's Never Ending Adventures:
The Magic Through The Glass Door
by Samantha Ann Robinson
|Diary of a Cornish Fisherman:
by Trevor Simpson
|The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha'
by James Linnane
|Melodies at Eventide
by Rex Lee
|Where Did They Get You?
by Bridget P. McDonnell
|Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story
by Jack Kiernan
|John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic
by J.N. Duggan
|The Tobacco Fields of Meath
by Liam Nevin
|I Want to Really Learn about Horses
by T.J. Gillespie
|Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World:
Choose Happiness Daily
by Nuala Duignan
Roscommon in Reflection
|The Potless Generation
by James Linnane
|The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
by Rose Morris
|The Unity Project
by Brian Corvin
|A Woeful Tale
by Derrick Cranpole
posted 6 Jun 2016, 21:20
Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy describes, not just the personal experience of spousal abuse and marital breakdown but also, what to do about it. Candidly written, the author reflects upon a traumatic issue in a manner that is self-affirming and positive. In her case, strength came from within but also from the networks and organisations that exist to support sufferers of domestic violence. It gave her the endurance, not just to survive but to rebuild her life.
"Let me start by telling you that, like many women, I never thought it would happen to me but, unlike so many women out there, I decided to do something about it."
Confronted by the reality that she was in an abusive relationship, she describes how came to the decision to leave her family home, with the accompanying heartbreak of having to leave her eldest child behind. Initially, she did not know what help, if any, was available. She entered a battered women's shelter and commenced a 30-day program that would see her get her life back on track. When she left the shelter, upon completion of the program, it was with a mixture of pride and sadness that she was able to observe:
"Out of all the women in the shelter, myself and one other woman were the only ones who left and started new lives. The rest of the women all went back to their abusive partners."
It is not often that a personal account dealing with these kind of issues manages to strike such a life-affirming tone but Susan achieves this, and quite admirably too because. Central to her story is the assertion that nobody asks for victimhood. Dark events that happen in our lives need not cast a shadow over the rest of our lives.
This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced domestic violence or knows someone who may be going through the experience. It is available buy online, in print and e-book editions.
The print edition can be purchased through retail outlets that include:
The e-Book edition is available from:
Susan R. Murphy is an author and writer born in Columbus, Ohio but has lived all over the USA and currently resides in California. She writes across genres that include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories. Her previously published works include The Immortals: thrills, chills and tales of the macabre, a collection of "truly terrifying tales" that is available to buy online in print and e-book editions, including from some of the sources mentioned above.
posted 8 May 2016, 13:10
As the title may suggest, Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is a volume of poetry that has had a long gestation period. At the same time, it also reflects a certain kind of soul-searching that comes with finding one's voice, having one's eyes opened and the discomfort with feeling mute in the face of difficult or challenging situations. The author chooses neither to to embellish nor to mitigate and this results in candid observations that demonstrate a rare and remarkable perceptiveness, informed by a characteristic candour and honesty.
I stood in my doorway and told a storyAs tall as tall can be,Aware that in running from the children’s gaze,I know how cowardly… I am.
The very least I can give these soulsThat stand in the line to die,Is an honest account of why I won’t,Not some pathetic lie.
Shame on me.
- Liar by Ian R. Braddock, from the volume Sorry for the Silence, published 2015
So who then is Ian R. Braddock? In his own words, he was born in in Manchester, England, had an 'unremarkable childhood', left school at sixteen to a series of dead-end jobs and found himself moving constantly sideways in terms of a career trajectory. Personal fulfilment, such as he found, was sought out in various degrees of hedonism but also, in writing and the pursuit of knowledge. Fortunately, it was the latter that eventually won out and has borne fruit in this, his first volume of poetry, which he describes as "the completion of a jigsaw, made up of answers found in libertarian/anarchic thought over years of 'pondering'."
During these pointless years, he started to write, especially at night when he could not sleep, which was frequently. It was the timbre of words/letters that hooked him: the internal rhythms, how it flowed and so forth. These were the years that hip-hop was fresh, so called ‘punk’ poets were hacking to bits his perceived stuffiness of their intellectual forefathers.
Sorry for the Silence is his visible answer to the problems of conscience. It is an urban answer and it is, along with his guilt, a driving force for the worthy idea of a better world. It is a collection of poetry that will be enjoyed by anyone who is not afraid to look at the world around them, acknowledge it qualities and its flaws, viewing both with a sense of equanimity until we can discern "the dichotomy of the human predicament: the relationship between what we want, what we need and the price paid for it."
Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. The print edition can be bought through retail outlets that include:
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For more information about Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock, please visit our website (Online Bookshop)
Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events
- Charlotte Brontë, Earth Day, Passover, Shakespeare, World Book Day, Easter Rising -
posted 21 Apr 2016, 00:53
A number of important milestones, anniversaries, centenaries and events fall together within a short period of just the next few days. While in some cases, it may appear merely coincidental, from a literary perspective and taken together, it could be regarded as a confluence of events, carrying with it a certain symmetry that has an almost poetic air.
Today, Thursday 21 April, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. The eldest of the 19th century literary sisters whose body of work remains enduringly popular, just as it was in its day. Charlotte is perhaps best remembered for her novel, Jane Eyre, published in 1847.
While the literary legacy of Charlotte, Emily and Anne may forever be associated with the Yorkshire countryside, where they grew up, they were in fact relative newcomers to that area, being born of an Irish father and a Cornish mother. The Brontë family's ancestral connections with Co. Down remains a source of great pride in the area. Charlotte herself is known to have visited Ireland: she honeymooned in Banagher, Co. Offaly and it has even been said that she spoke with an Irish accent!
Another example of an Irish-Cornish cross pollination that has borne literary fruit can be found in Trevor Simpson's best-selling, Diary of a Cornish Fisherman. As an account of life in a Cornish fishing village from the period 1962-1967 (before the author relocated to the south-east coast of Ireland, where he lives today), it contains a unique and fascinating insight into that time and place, with plenty of humour, anecdotes and fishing lore thrown in for good measure.
Only time will tell if it will achieve quite literary status accorded to the Brontë sisters but it has garnered quite a following since first publication in 2014. The author is currently working on an eagerly-awaited follow up memoir, dealing with his time in Ireland. For now, Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay 1962-1967 will have to suffice the reader. It is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.
Friday, 22 April marks Earth Day, an event celebrated annually and observed throughout the world since 1970. This year, it even coincides with a full moon: a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris is a children's book of illustrated verse that was published late last year to great acclaim. It is a book that carries an important ecological message. To celebrate Earth Day and the launch of the e-book edition of this globe-trotting, action-packed adventure tale, we are making the Kindle edition free to download over the next five days. Visit Amazon to download your free copy to your Kindle device or app. The print edition is also available to buy online. RRP €9.99 plus P&P.
Friday also marks the commencement of Passover, the Jewish festival that commemorates the story of the Exodus, as described in the Hebrew Bible in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt, some 3300 years ago. Fast forward a few thousand years and we find that in 1714, the Irish philosopher and man of letters, John Toland (1670-1722), publishes a landmark work in the movement for emancipation of the Jewish people, advocating full citizenship and railing against anti-Semitic prejudices of the day - "a dog will run at a stone, when he dares not attack the man that threw it."
Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland continues to be studied today by scholars of various disciplines. It has been re-published, along with other works by and about John Toland, in print and e-book editions.
Another important literary milestones falls on Saturday, 23 April, with the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the most recognisable names in English and indeed, world literature. William Shakespeare breathed his last on this day in 1616. He was born in 1564, quite possibly on the same day. While his exact date of birth is not recorded, there is strong reason to believe that he died on his birthday. As if to further drive home the significance surrounding this date, the birth/death of England's national poet also coincides with St. Geroge's Day, the feast day of England's patron saint.
World Book and Copyright Day also falls on Saturday and this not coincidental. It was inaugurated by UNESCO, in 1995 and the date was chosen in recognition of the anniversaries that fall on this day. "It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo."
Last but by no means least, Sunday 24 April marks the 100 anniversary of the Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. In case you thought that this centenary had already passed, while the event is traditionally celebrated over the Easter period that gave the rising its name, Easter, of course, is a moveable feast. In 1916, Easter Monday fell on this date, making it the date for the actual centenary. Often referred to (and occasionally dismissed) as a 'Poets' rebellion', it was an event of immense importance for Irish people but one that also had worldwide ramifications, which did not go unnoticed at the time. Then as now, literary men and women were to the fore in the events that unfolded and which deserve to be studied, remembered and discussed.
We join with all who recognise the significance of these events, not just in celebrating them but also drawing inspiration as we go forward, setting new milestones and standards in literary endeavour and achievement. At The Manuscript Publisher, we provide services and support to authors, writers, independent publishers who continue in these proud traditions. Visit our website or contact us any time for free, no-obligation consultation and advice.
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posted 2 Feb 2016, 19:18
In the days before scientific advances and the accompanying rise of modern conveniences made life easier, people born with severely limiting disabilities relied very much upon compassion, understanding and networks of support in order to make their way in the world. A soon to be published volume of memoirs, Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee, is a personal account of someone who overcame disability, never allowing it to limit his outlook or narrow his horizons.
Out of desperation was born the motivation to embrace the philosophy of physical and mental compensation: by finding a faculty for the one he lost or never had. Rex is living proof that this can overcome most obstacles to leading a normal and independent life. It has in his own words been ‘a privileged existence’. - friend and colleague, Peter McKevitt (from the Foreword to this edition)
Rex’s story is also the story of Ireland as a country striving to assert itself on the world stage, overcoming barriers and obstacles that history had put in the way. Indeed, it is a story that charts the changing and ever-evolving nature of Irish society. His account spans much of period following Independence. Through his own involvement and activism (including work with organisations such as Macra na Feirme and the Irish Farmers' Association), he both witnessed and played a part in the making and shaping of the Irish society that has been handed down to us today.
Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee is published by The Manuscript Publisher. The book will be formally launched by Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos Ireland, on Tuesday, 9 February at Kells Public Library (corner of Maudlin Street and Carrick Street, Kells, Co. Meath). Details can be downloaded here. The evening commences at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available and copies of Rex’s memoir will be on sale. It can also be pre-ordered online.
posted 1 Jan 2016, 14:16
A big Happy New Year to all our friends, followers and to authors, writers, independent publishers everywhere. We hope that 2016 will offer up all that you can wish for in terms of bringing your publishing dreams and ambitions to fruition. For our part, we pledge to continue bringing you all of the relevant and pertinent news, as it relates to publishing in the digital age.
Before saying a final farewell to the old year, we take some time to look back on the books, titles, publications and DVD that announced their presence in 2015. Already, we have plans to bring you plenty more in 2016. Watch this space!
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris (with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska) was warmly received upon its launch at the SiarScéal Festival in November. A children's fable, told in the form of illustrated verse, it is whimsical, globe-trotting adventure story that also carries a cautionary tale about the fate of the planet. Ferdinand, the eponymous hero of the story, is struck one day (both literally and figuratively) with the realisation that if he does not take action to 'end the Earth's sad regression', then who will? It is available to buy online. Watch out for the e-book edition, which is coming soon.
Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is a début anthology of poems that has had a long gestation period (as the title may suggest!). A body of work suggesting a journey and the culmination of a certain quest, to unravel the dichotomy of the human predicament: the relationship between what we want, what we need and the price paid for it. This is a collection of poetry that will be enjoyed by anyone who is not afraid to look at the world around them and discover its flaws, in order to seek out answers on a fundamental level. "It is only because of the factory that we can appreciate the meadow." It is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.
Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy describes, not just the experience of spousal abuse and family breakdown but also, what to do about it. Candidly written, the author deals with a traumatic issue in a manner that is self-affirming and positive. In her case, strength came from within but also from the networks and organisations that exist to support sufferers of domestic violence. It gave her the endurance, not just to survive but to rebuild her life. A must read for anyone who has experienced domestic violence or knows someone who may be going through the trauma. It is available buy online, in print and e-book edition.
Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden, a work of contemporary Irish fiction, was published in e-book during 2015. Praise for Donegal Gymnasts has come from many quarters. It has been described as "a lovely story set in an era where life was simple yet vulnerable to loss and suffering." It is available to buy online in print and e-book editions.
Dare to be inspired and strive to create is the challenge set forth in Art is Everything, Art is Life, the début collection of poetry, paintings and photographs by multi-media artist and poet, Cormac Baker. Tales of heroism and history combine to show how art can be found in everything and everything that we live and do can serve as inspiration, thus aiding our efforts to interpret and re-interpret the world anew. It is available to buy online in print and e-book editions from the author's website.
The Kells Story: an Irish Monastery in a Time of Trouble is a documentary that brings to life the story of one of Ireland's greatest monastic settlements. The story of Kells is integral to an understanding of the monastic period of Irish and European history. It is told here in a lively, inventive, educative and entertaining manner, which will leave you wanting more. It is available to buy online in DVD and Instant Video.
These and other titles are available to buy online.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris: a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris
- a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable -
posted 10 Dec 2015, 10:23
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is the title of a newly published children’s fable, told in the form of illustrated verse by Rose Morris, with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska. It is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is on sale now.
Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. That is, until one day when he receives a message from on high (delivered in the form of a bolt from the blue) that recalls a previous admonition given to him by his Mammy, 'to pull up his socks'.
Accompanied by his Mammy, and soon to be joined by Seagull Sam (a geographer and famous oceanographer) from Amsterdam, together they embark on a mission to help creatures in need and put an end to 'the Earth’s sad retrogression'. Their exploits and adventures climax on the banks of Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh, as it plays host to an important G8 summit of world leaders.
The publication of this tale came about as a result of the SiarScéal Festival, which takes place annually in Roscommon, and the Hanna Greally Literary Awards that form part of the festival's programme of activities. As overall winner in 2014 for her short story, The Wall, Rose Morris was given the opportunity to have her work published professionally by The Manuscript Publisher, who sponsored the prize.
"Rose's story was a popular choice, both with the judges as well as with the festival goers," says Oscar Duggan of The Manuscript Publisher. Set in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and evoking themes of class divide and social taboos, "it surprised a lot of people for its sombre yet powerful storytelling style. What was more surprising however, was the book that Rose chose to follow up on her success with."
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is every bit as whimsical as its title suggests. [Splendiferous (adjective, informal, humorous): meaning splendid; magnificent; fine]. The story however, is underlined by a serious ecological message. It combines themes of folklore, mythology, world cultures into a globe-trotting action-packed adventure. It will appeal to children of all ages but is recommended for reading ages of 7-12 years. A glossary of difficult words is included, while the places visited by Ferdinand are listed in the book and have also been charted on Google Maps, adding an online, interactive dimension to the narrative.
Rose's experience as a primary school teacher is much in evidence throughout this book, using various techniques and devices to reach out to young minds, exciting and provoking a love of knowledge and an interest in learning as the story proceeds. She taught for forty years in her native Roscommon ("Ireland’s overlooked county," as she describes it). She writes in both English and Irish has enjoyed previous literary success at local festivals, competitions and events. While The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox marks her first outing as a published author, it is unlikely to be her last.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris, with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska, is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online. RRP €9.99.
posted 2 Dec 2015, 10:58
What do Donegal, the Tunnel Tigers, Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, the Vietnam War, the Montreal Olympics and a coming of age tale have in common? They are just some of the ingredients that make up an inspired, debut novel from Seamus McCrudden, with a warm and absorbing storyline that will keep you guessing, right to the last page.
Published last year in paperback format by The Manuscript Publisher, it is now available in e-book editions from all of the major online e-book retailers, including Amazon (Kindle), Smashwords, Apple (iBooks), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, to name but a few.
Praise for Donegal Gymnasts has come from many sources since publication. Judging by readers' comments, its popularity and appeal would seem to stem mostly for its freshness of perspective and vision. McCrudden is not daunted by the challenge of telling a story in exactly the way that it needs to be told.
"A lovely story set in an era where life was simple yet vulnerable to loss and suffering," said one reader.
"A wonderful story that captures every possible emotion of Irish life, told in a unique fashion," was how another reader described it.
Certainly, it is a book that will resonate with Irish people of certain generations and the Irish emigrant experience is also well observed and documented - "a must for an exile's book shelf" said one favourable review. It is first and foremost however, a story that recommends itself because it works as a simple, yet carefully plotted and well-structured narrative about people who follow their dreams, no matter what obstacles they encounter. As an exploration of love and loyalty, it easily navigates its way across the contours of comedy, drama, romance, joy and sorrow, the journey from innocence to experience.
Jack and Jake, adopted twin brothers of Irish and Chinese descent, growing up in Donegal in the 1960s, discover a natural aptitude for gymnastics, which sets them apart and also sets them on paths that appear to lead to fame and fortune. The closer they get to their dreams, the more they realise that far off fields are not always green. Nevertheless, they persist and persevere, learning and drawing strength from both the highs and the lows, from their experiences of love and loss and all of the in-betweens. By the end, they are older and wiser but they have learned the true value of family, friendship, community and the network of support that these offer.
Seamus McCrudden hails from the famed county of Donegal, in the farthest reaches of Ireland's north west and continues to work and live there, with his wife and four daughters. He is well-known locally as a bus and taxi driver and says that his inspiration to write derives, in part, from the people whom he encounters during the course of his work. The rest has been due to training and advice that he as received through his participation in local writers and drama groups.
Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden is on sale now, in print and e-book editions. The e-book edition (available in all of the popular formats including Kindle, ePub, PDF) is being launched at a special introductory price of US$2.99*. Copies of the print edition are also available, at the recommended retail price of €9.99 plus P&P.
More information on where you can buy Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden is available from the website of The Manuscript Publisher, where you can also take the time to browse before you buy.
* Slight variations in price due to local taxes and currency exchange rates may occur
Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris
6pm Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ
posted 28 Oct 2015, 20:38
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris will be launched on Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ on Abbey Street, Roscommon Town (see below for directions). We invite you to join us for an evening of celebration and fun, commencing 6pm.
Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. One fateful day, a message from on high, delivered in the form of a 'bolt from the blue', gives him his calling in life. He sets out on a mission to go where creatures are in need, to protect the Earth and ensure its conservation and re-birth.
A children's fable, told in verse and beautifully illustrated by Karolina Smorczewska, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is as wonderfully whimsical as the title suggests, yet underlined by a serious ecological message. It is a story that skilfully combines themes of folklore, mythology, globe-trotting action and adventure. It will be appreciated and enjoyed by children of all ages (and even a few adults) but is particularly recommended for reading ages of 7-12 years. A glossary of difficult words is included, along with maps and charts that allow the reader to follow Ferdinand's progress.
A retired primary school teacher and native of Roscommon, currently living in Elphin, Rose Morris has previously gained recognition for her literary output at local festivals, competitions and events. Her short story, The Wall, was a popular choice as overall winner at the 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards. Her prize, sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher, was to see her book published in print and e-book editions. The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox marks her first publishing outing but will bring to wider public attention, the work of a talented author with an exciting and diverse range.
Signed copies of The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox will be on sale at the launch on Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ, Abbey Street, Co. Roscommon. The book will be on general sale thereafter - RRP €9.99. It is currently available to pre-order from The Manuscript Publisher with an e-book edition coming soon.
Make a note in your diary. Download the details here. For directions to Roscommon County Library HQ, please refer to the map below.
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