Our News Service
publishing news for the digital age

News Archive - past and present posts

  • Subscribe to this News Service to keep abreast of all that is happening in the world of publishing, in both print and digital media. You will also receive advance notification about new titles available to buy from our online catalogue.

    We also regularly post links to items of interest to authors, writers, independent publishers through our Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linked In accounts. We invite you to follow us there too.

    Click on the links or scroll down to read posts in full
  • Book of the Month in May: Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock Back to News > Book of the Month in May: - Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock - 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 story ...
    Posted 8 May 2016, 07:23 by Oscar Duggan
  • Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events Back to News > Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events - Charlotte Brontë, Earth Day, Passover, Shakespeare, World Book Day, Easter Rising - 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 ...
    Posted 24 Apr 2016, 07:30 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee. A Memoir about Overcoming Disability Back to News > Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee - A Memoir about Overcoming Disability in Ireland - Posted 2 Feb 2016, 20:10 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 ...
    Posted 20 Apr 2016, 15:21 by Oscar Duggan
  • Happy New Year! Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016 Back to News > A Happy New Year! Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016 Posted 1 Jan 2016, 16:49 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 ...
    Posted 20 Apr 2016, 15:22 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris: a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable Back to News > The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris - a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable - posted 10 Dec 2015, 10:23The 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 ...
    Posted 1 Jan 2016, 06:21 by Oscar Duggan
  • Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: now available in e-book editions Back to News > Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: - now available in e-book editions - Posted 2 Dec 2015, 12:01 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 ...
    Posted 1 Jan 2016, 06:20 by Oscar Duggan
Showing posts 1 - 6 of 57. View more »


You Can also Find Us on:





Book of the Month in May: Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock

posted 8 May 2016, 05:10 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 8 May 2016, 07:23 ]

Book of the Month in May:
- Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock -

Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock
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 story
As 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 souls
That 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:

The e-Book edition is available from:
  • Amazon (Kindle edition)
  • Smashwords (all common e-book formats including ePub, mobi, PDF)
  • Apple (iBooks)
  • Kobo (ePub format)
  • other online retailers and e-book distribution platforms

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

posted 20 Apr 2016, 16:53 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 24 Apr 2016, 07:30 ]

Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events
- Charlotte Brontë, Earth Day, Passover, Shakespeare, World Book Day, Easter Rising -

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.
Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simpson
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

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.

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Karolina Smorczewska
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.

Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland by John Toland (1670-1722)
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.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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."
Easter Rising. Proclamation of the Irish Republic, 1916

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.

  • Visit our Online Bookshop for books and titles representing some of the best in Irish and independent publishing. We also stock DVDs (coming soon) and Greeting Cards for All Occasions.
  • Visit Amazon between now and Monday, 25 April to avail of the free promotion of the Kindle edition of The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris.
  • For regular news updates, visit and subscribe to Writing & Literary, the recently launched online journal that covers writing, literary, publishing matters while also serving the wider arts community.

Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee. A Memoir about Overcoming Disability

posted 2 Feb 2016, 11:18 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 20 Apr 2016, 15:21 ]

Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee
- A Memoir about Overcoming Disability in Ireland -

Posted 2 Feb 2016, 20:10
Memories at Eventide by Rex Lee. Memoir.
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.

Directions to Kells Library, Co. Meath

Happy New Year! Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016

posted 1 Jan 2016, 06:16 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 20 Apr 2016, 15:22 ]

A Happy New Year!
Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016

Posted 1 Jan 2016, 16:49
Happy New Year 2016! Out with the old, in with the new.
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)

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

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

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

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.
Art is Everything, Art is Life by Cormac Baker

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 DVD

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.

Happy New Year 2016!

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris: a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable

posted 10 Dec 2015, 02:23 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 1 Jan 2016, 06:21 ]

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'.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris. A children's book of illustrated verse.

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.

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: now available in e-book editions

posted 2 Dec 2015, 02:58 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 1 Jan 2016, 06:20 ]

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden:
- now available in e-book editions -

Posted 2 Dec 2015, 12:01
Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden. Available now in e-book editions.
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

posted 28 Oct 2015, 13:38 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 27 Nov 2015, 17:31 ]

Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris
6pm Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ

posted 28 Oct 2015, 13:38
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.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

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.

Roscommon County Library HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon

Greeting Cards for All Occasions - exclusive collection of themes and motifs

posted 1 Oct 2015, 10:10 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 26 Oct 2015, 13:36 ]

Greeting Cards for All Occasions
an exclusive selection of themes and motifs

The Manuscript Publisher is pleased to unveil its exclusive collection of Greeting Cards for All Occasions that include Christmas, festive, seasonal, winter solstice, secular and humanist greetings that also depict a stunning array of nature and wildlife themes and motifs. We also offer blank greeting cards, for your own, personalised greetings.

Yuletide Logs greeting cards for all occasions
A Touch of Frost greeting cards for all occasions
Bog Garden greeting cards for all occasions
Bog Pool in Winter greeting cards for all occasions
Into the West greeting cards for all occasions
Winter Snow greeting cards for all occasions
Garden Visitor greeting cards for all occasions
Moonlight Shadows greeting cards for all occasions
Outstanding in the Field greeting cards for all occasions
Valentia, Co. Kerry greeting cards for all occasions
Water Falls greeting cards for all occasions
Delicately Woven greeting cards for all occasions

Our cards come in A6 size (105mm by 148mm or 4.13 inches by 5.83 inches), portrait and landscape. They come in packs of six with envelopes included. Choose from the range of themes and motifs and personalise it with your choice of greeting (Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Winter Solstice Greetings). We will supply the finish product. Our cards cost just €3.99 plus P&P for a pack of six cards with envelopes.

Our specialist range includes Winter Solstice greeting cards, depicting our Heron and Winter Robin motifs and bear the inscription from the poem, Ode to a West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley: Oh Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

Winter Solstice greeting card - heron motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - heron motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - heron motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - winter robin motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - winter robin motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - winter robin motif

Our exclusive range of greeting card motifs can be further customised to your requirements using our Personalised Greeting Card order and delivery service (minimum order quantity - 25 cards). Choose from the themes and motifs that we provide or submit your own artwork. You can also choose between A5 and A6 card dimensions, portrait and landscape. Finally, select an appropriate greeting for your card then submit your order. We will revert to you with a tailored quotation within 48 hours.

For more information about, please visit our online bookshop (greeting cards section). We are ready to take your order now and deliver in plenty of time for the Christmas and festive season that is nearly upon us.

SiarScéal Festival 2015 including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards

posted 8 Sep 2015, 15:03 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 1 Oct 2015, 10:28 ]

SiarScéal Festival 2015
including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards (now accepting entries)

Posted 11 Sep 2015, 07:08
SiarScéal - literary festival celebrating the culture and heritage of Roscommon
SiarScéal Festival 2015 programme of events has recently been announced and, as in previous years, the Hanna Greally Literary Awards features prominently. Entries, in the form or poetry and prose, are now being accepted for this year's awards, full details of which are available from the SiarScéal website. The closing dates for entries is Friday, 23 October. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of €200 with runners-up prizes also being awarded in categories that include national, international, schools, highly commended.

As an added incentive, all entries received will be considered for inclusion in the inaugural SiarScéal/Hanna Greally Literary Journal, to be launched at the 2016 festival, provisionally scheduled for April.

Last year's overall winner of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards was Rose Morris. Her prize was a publishing package from The Manuscript Publisher, to see her book published in print and e-book editions. The 2015 SiarScéal Festival, will kick off with the launch of Rose's book, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox, an illustrated book of verse aimed at children but also carrying a very important message about the fate and well-being of our planet. The action takes the protagonists of this story on an adventure that crosses continents but ends up on the shores of Lough Erne, which, of course, was the venue for a recent G8 Summit of world leaders.

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris will be on sale from November, in print and e-book editions. Signed copies will be on sale at the launch, to take place at Roscommon County Library Headquarters, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town on the evening of Thursday, 5 November, commencing 6pm. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

The Festival continues the following day (Friday, 6 November), at the same venue, with a day-long programme commencing 10am. Opening addresses will be followed by the presentation of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards to the lucky winners. Musical interludes and recitals will accompany the events that also include two workshops. Author and poet, Mary Guckian will present a Writer's Recital and Workshop. This will be followed by a Writing for Publishing workshop presented by Oscar Duggan of The Manuscript Publisher on the theme of Writing and Publishing in the Information Age.

Full details about the Festival and the Hanna Greally Literary Awards are available from SiarScéal. A copy of the programme of events is also available to download and share.

Make a note of the following Dates for Your Diary:

Roscommon County Council crest
  • Friday, 23 October - closing dates for entries for the Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2015. See SiarScéal website for more information
  • Thursday, 5 November - launch of the book, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris at Roscommon County Libraries HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. Evening commences 6pm
  • Friday, 6 November - official launch of SiarScéal Festival 2015 including presentation of the Hanna Greally Literary Awards 2015, followed by writers workshops, music recitals, open mic.

SiarScéal Festival is sponsored by Roscommon County Council

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: a heart-warming, coming of age tale

posted 8 Dec 2014, 14:07 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 8 Sep 2015, 14:56 ]

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden
- a heart-warming, coming of age tale -

Posted 8 Dec 2014, 14:08
By day, Seamus McCrudden is a popular local taxi-driver, based in Ballybofey in the Irish county of Donegal. Previously, he had dabbled in creative writing, submitting work to local newspapers, taking part in literary festivals and competitions, as any aspiring writer might do.
Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2014.

"I was always writing bits and pieces at night," he tells Connie Duffy of Donegal Now, "but they usually ended up in the bin. Then, about 15 years ago, I got involved in amateur drama, when local school teacher, Susan Doherty, decided to put on a few plays. I liked it and took part in a few shows, including a few for the nearby Butt Drama Circle in Ballybofey. That gave me the confidence to go on and go public with my writing."


That confidence which he gained has resulted in his first full-length novel, Donegal Gymnasts. It has been described as "an exploration of love and loyalty", according to Books Ireland magazine and, "a heart-warming piece of fiction that will entertain, thrill and take the reader of a journey from one end of the world to the other", by others. It is a tale that stays rooted, even as it peels back the layers and in doing so, manages to reveal the complexities associated with lives that are intermingled with love, loss, tragedy and triumph.

Donegal Gymnasts tells the story of twin brothers of Chinese and Irish descent, growing up in Ireland of the 1960s and ’70s, discovering a natural talent that sets them apart from their peers and how they deal the pressure that ensues. It is a story that entertains on many levels, offering an interesting take on Irish society and recent history in the process. It reads best however, as a work of fiction, by an author who delights in keeping his readers guessing, right to the very end.

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy in all good bookshops as well as online. RRP €9.99.

1-10 of 57