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  • Book Launch: Michael Whelton at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Friday, 6 September 2019 Back to News > Book Launch: Two Books by Michael Whelton – Friday, 6 September at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork from 12.30pm – Crawford Art Gallery, in the heart of Cork City, is a fitting venue for the formal launch of two recently published books by local author, Michael Whelton. The event takes place on Friday, 6 September from 12.30pm and is open to the public. Michael Whelton, a retired medical doctor who has also dedicated himself to art and literary pursuits, is a native of Cork, having lived and worked there for most of his life. He has also travelled extensively and all of this is very much to the fore in his writings (as well as in the background ...
    Posted 19 Aug 2019, 22:15 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2019 | Beneath Western Skies and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards Back to News > SiarScéal Festival 2019 - Beneath Western Skies Exhibition and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards - posted 7 Aug 2019, 20:53SiarScéal Festival 2019 will take place over two days, commencing on Friday, 11 October and continuing through Saturday, 12 October at Roscommon County Library HQ in Roscommon Town. Further information is available from the festival website. Meanwhile, the closing date for the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards is Tuesday, 10 September and there is every incentive to get your entries in – the Overall Winner will take home a cash prize of €500, with two runners-up each receiving €100. There will also be trophy prizes for Highly Commended entries in the categories of local, national, international. The ...
    Posted 19 Aug 2019, 21:25 by Oscar Duggan
  • Learning about Horses with T.J. Gillespie (Tom na gCapaillín) Back to News > I Want to Really Learn about Horses by T.J. Gillespie – a must-have book for the horse and equestrian enthusiast – posted 30 Jul 2019, 23:39 I Want to Really Learn about Horses by T.J. Gillespie really is a must-have book for any horse and equestrian enthusiast. Whether a person is learning about horses for the first time or, has previous experience, there is so much insight to be gained from this compact volume, coming from a knowledgeable source. More than just a learning aid, it is a book that will serve as a lifelong companion to anyone wishing to share in the privilege of good horsemanship. Recently re-issued, with few, if any ...
    Posted 6 Aug 2019, 14:08 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Much-Maligned Mary Pike by Kieran Groeger (the Rebel County and '98) Back to News > The Much-Maligned Mary Pike by Kieran Groeger – the Rebel County and '98 – posted 16 Apr 2019, 23:28Mary Pike, a wealthy, young Quaker heiress, was kidnapped in July 1797 by a widowed knight, Sir Henry Brown Hayes, intent on forcing her into marriage and getting his hands on her fortune. She was rescued from his house, Vernon Mount, in Cork city. He fled the country but, then decided that public opinion was in his favour and he challenged her to face him in court. He was shocked when Mary Pike won the case and he was soon sentenced to transportation for life in Australia, where the governor was a certain Captain Bligh, lately of the ...
    Posted 19 Aug 2019, 21:26 by Oscar Duggan
  • Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton (an art, music and medical miscellany) Back to News > Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton – an art, music and medical miscellany – posted 3 Apr 2019, 10:16 Was Mozart really buried in a pauper's grave? What role did yellow fever play in the construction of the Panama Canal? How did the painter, Renoir cope with rheumatoid arthritis in his old age? Has history been overly harsh towards King Herod? Just a few of the questions (taken from among a very broad range of subject matter) that are looked at from historical and medical perspectives in Michael Whelton's engaging collection of essays. Through the Pages of History: an art music and medical miscellany is written in a lively style and a manner that ...
    Posted 16 Apr 2019, 15:21 by Oscar Duggan
  • I Declare Before My God: The Brian and James Seery Story by Jack Kiernan Back to News > I Declare Before My God by Jack Kiernan – twin tales of 19th century miscarriages of justice, in Ireland and Australia – posted 16 Mar 2019, 17:33I Declare Before My God: The Brian and James Seery Story is the latest offering from author and historian, Jack Kiernan. In it, he introduces us to not one but, two tales of 19th century miscarriages of justice. The accounts relate to quite separate incidents and events that happened 24 years apart and, even on different continents. However, what draws them together is that they involved the deaths of a father and a son, both convicted and sentenced to hang in questionable circumstances, based on evidence that would hardly hold sway ...
    Posted 1 Apr 2019, 14:52 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Compendium by Brian Corvin – Something a Little Different Back to News > The Compendium by Brian Corvin – something a little different – posted 11 Mar 2019, 21:27The Compendium is author, Brian Corvin's third published book. Whereas his first two – The Dream Journey (2010) and The Unity Project (2016) – were collections of poetry and verse, the present volume offers "something a little different". The first section contains of a selection of neohaikus and social verse while, the second introduces the reader to some quirky short stories, taking on tales of the macabre, turning up some strange and unexpected twists. This is followed by a trilogy of related one-act plays looking at the the issue of clerical child abuse, probing the question of whether forgiveness of the kind ...
    Posted 16 Mar 2019, 10:30 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: Peripheral by Faye Boland Back to News > Book Launch: Peripheral by Faye Boland – poetry with a power to connect – posted 12 Sep 2018, 14:23Peripheral by Faye Boland is the author's debut collection of poems to be formally launched at Tralee Library in Co. Kerry on Saturday, 22 September, starting 2.30pm. Faye Boland's poetry has been described as "a happy combination of musical lyricism and intellectual subtlety" by well-known Irish poet and novelist, Brendan Kennelly. The poem from which this collection takes its title was Overall Winner at the 2017 Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon. It is also from this that the present volume results, as the prize ...
    Posted 11 Mar 2019, 14:23 by Oscar Duggan
  • Just Published: Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton Back to News > Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton – a collection of bittersweet tales – posted 6 Jun 2018, 12:50Life, death and all things in between, including the decisions that we make or have thrust upon us; how we face the consequences and how we allow those consequences to shape our destinies. Such are the themes and narratives that emerge in Portraits of the Past, a collection of short stories and flash fiction from Michael Whelton, which has just been published. Poignant moments and personal epiphanies are skilfully captured in a collection of bittersweet tales that are usually self-contained but often hinting at a larger story. The stories themselves are told with honesty, candour and a sense ...
    Posted 12 Sep 2018, 06:02 by Oscar Duggan
  • It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly Back to News > It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly – positive news journalism for the 21st century – posted 14 May 2018, 19:03A new book by veteran journalist, Seamus Kelly, soon to be launched, addresses both the challenges and opportunities that modern media presents, not just in terms of the form (e.g. how news is delivered) but also in terms of content (how news is presented and reported). In a world of spiralling, almost out-of-control negative media, Seamus Kelly tackled the sensationalised press portrayals of the day by creating and producing a more sensitive, positive journalistic style of news reporting. His reporting of positive news stories in Ireland's national and regional press, including his ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2018, 04:46 by Oscar Duggan
  • John Toland (1670-1722) Centenaries Web Project Back to News > John Toland (1670-1722) – Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker – posted 14 Mar 2018, 21:31 A new website dedicated to the life and work of the philosopher, John Toland (b. 1670), was launched last Sunday, 11 March (the anniversary of his death in 1722). John Toland was an Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker of the early Enlightenment period. He made important contributions to the various fields of philosophy – in what today would be regarded as both the natural and social sciences. "If you would know more of him, search his writings," he wrote in a self-penned epitaph that appeared following his death. The purpose of of this web-based project is to serve as ...
    Posted 6 May 2018, 14:40 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M Back to News > Book Launch: Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M – a collection of morality tales with underlying comedy – posted 7 Mar 2018, 14:53 Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M (the author's fourth published outing to date) will be formally launched on Thursday, 15 March at Parnell's GAA Club in Coolock Village, Dublin, starting 7.30pm. The author's offering is a collection of morality tales, told mostly through verse and delivered with impeccable comedic judgement and effect. The author displays a craftsman-like knack for word play, colourfully illustrating the problems and predicaments drawn from everyday life, which are rarely black and white. Dezi Jay M says that he grew up in a world ...
    Posted 14 Mar 2018, 14:29 by Oscar Duggan
  • Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan | Irish Civil War 1922-23 Back to News > Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan – The Irish Civil War, The Truth, Where and When it all Began – posted 20 Feb 2018, 20:54A new book about the Irish Civil War (1922-23) uncovers shadowy events that took place, shedding important light on the very origins of that conflict, where and when it began. It also offers an assessment that challenges certain assumptions about the course of events, the personalities and leadership dynamics involved. Most people, with any knowledge of Irish history, know that hostilities in the Irish Civil War commenced with the move, by the Provisional Government, to take the Four Courts in Dublin (held by anti-Treaty forces) towards the end of June ...
    Posted 7 Mar 2018, 06:44 by Oscar Duggan
  • Reflections by Verona Pentony. Now Available in Kindle Editions Back to News > Reflections by Verona Pentony – popular poetry series now available in Kindle editions – posted 24 Jan 2018, 12:57 The Reflections series by Verona Pentony – two volumes of poetry previously available only in print editions, that have just been made published in Kindle – will be free to download on Amazon this coming weekend, from Thursday 25th to Monday, 29th January. Verona Pentony is a poet with a love of humanity and of nature: a love nurtured and distilled from her childhood experiences growing up on a farm in north Co. Dublin and from summer holidays in Co. Leitrim. Spirituality, political events, leadership and world peace are among the chief concerns and abiding themes of her poetry. In making ...
    Posted 18 Feb 2018, 05:59 by Oscar Duggan
  • Festive Season's Greetings from The Manuscript Publisher Back to News > Festive Season's Greetings to All Our Friends and Followers – from The Manuscript Publisher – posted 24 Dec 2017, 12:42 Festive season's greetings go out to all of our friends and people who followed us in 2017. It was another busy year for us, that saw some great new titles hit the bookshelves but also, plenty more to follow in 2018 – watch this space! Before we down tools and take a short break, there is just enough time to alert you to the inaugural Smashwords End of Year Sale 2017. From December 25, when you wake up on Christmas morning, to January 1, 2018, when you ring in the New Year, thousands of titles will be ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2018, 05:01 by Oscar Duggan
  • Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan: Pulse and Hearts above Zero Back to News > Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan – Pulse and Hearts above Zero – posted 5 Dec 2017, 12:03Poetry that fears not to go wherever the heart leads it is what the reader can expect in the forthcoming, second volume by William Tiernan, soon to be released. Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero has just been published and will be on general sale from Saturday, 9 December, when the book will be formally launched at a special reception in the Galway village from which the book takes its title. William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions, as well as strong ...
    Posted 24 Dec 2017, 04:33 by Oscar Duggan
  • Our Halloween Literary Offerings: read them and weep! Back to News > Halloween Literary Offerings – tales of ghosts, ghouls and haunted locations – posted 29 Oct 2017, 11:17The Ghost in My House – a short story by Susan R. Murphy – "Welcome to your new home, Donald. I died in this house and cannot leave, and so shall it be with you and your family." A treat (not a trick!) awaits horror fans this Halloween. The Ghost in My House is a short story by Susan R. Murphy that has just been published in Kindle edition and is on sale now on Amazon. However, as part of a special Kindle promotion, readers can download it for free during Halloween. This offer ends at the stroke of midnight on 31 October ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2017, 04:01 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2017: Exciting News for Authors in October Back to News > SiarScéal Festival 2017: – Exciting News for Authors in October – posted 3 Oct 2017, 23:23Previous SiarScéal Festivals Rose Morris reads from her winning entry at the 2014 SiarScéal Hanna Greally International Literary Awards. As Overall Winner, her prize was to see her book published professionally, resulting in The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox (see below), a whimsical adventure story with a cautionary ecological message, told in the form of children's illustrated verse. The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris Published by The Manuscript Publisher (2015) and available to buy online in print and e-book editions A last call for entries for the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 has just gone out ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 by Oscar Duggan
  • A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary: follow up to a bestselling memoir by Trevor Simpson Back to News > A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary – the follow up to a bestselling memoir – posted 21 Aug 2017, 15:13 Almost 50 years ago to this day, a Cornish fishing trawler pulled into the harbour of Dunmore East, the famous fishing village on the south-east coast of Ireland. It carried a crew of two, who had just completed a marathon journey across the Irish Sea. Their adventure would be recounted many years later, in all of its heart-stopping detail, in the concluding chapter of a memoir entitled Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967. At the time however, author, Trevor Simpson and his crewmate, Martin, would have felt only relief: I had been staring into ...
    Posted 3 Oct 2017, 15:20 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 Back to News > SiarScéal Festival and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 – Overall Prize Winner to take home Publishing Package Deal worth €2000 – posted 16 Aug 2017, 15:38 The Overall Prize winner in this year's Hanna Greally International Literary Awards will see his or her book published professionally, in print and e-book editions, as part of a publishing package deal valued at €2000. This is being organised as part of the SiarScéal Festival 2017, which takes place Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October. The venue is Roscommon County Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. If the Overall Prize is not enough to entice you, there is also a First Prize – a cash prize of €700, sponsored by ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:19 by Oscar Duggan
  • Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale July 2017: 1000s of e-Titles Significantly Reduced Back to News > Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale – 1000s of e-Book Titles Significantly Reduced – posted 7 Jul 2017, 10:57Looking for a summer read this weekend? Then Smashwords is the place to begin your search – now and until the end of July. Thousands of e-book titles are significantly reduced for the duration of the Summer/Winter Promotion, which is run every July by the world's largest online retailer of independently published e-books. And here at The Manuscript Publisher, we are happy to participate once again, by offering you 50% off all of our e-book titles. Just use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout to avail of this offer, which applies only to titles of participating ...
    Posted 15 Aug 2017, 08:18 by Oscar Duggan
  • Twin Tales by Ray J.F. Moore Back to News > Twin Tales by Ray J.F. Moore – the magic and mystery of childhood re-discovered – posted 11 May 2017, 23:02Ray Moore says that he "just started to write children's stories one boring Sunday morning", at the prompting of his friend, Michelle Hopkins, who asked him to write a story for her little girl, Amber. The collaboration has borne fruit in two new books: the first in an enthralling series that exult in the joy of childhood experience, vividly describing the world as it appears to those who are taking their first steps on the journey of discovery, where everything is a new adventure, a mystery waiting to be uncovered. MacDaddy Spider lives in a ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:18 by Oscar Duggan
  • Read an e-Book Week 2017, March 5th to 11th. Big Discounts on 1000s of e-Titles Back to News > Read an e-Book Week 2017 - March 5th to 11th. Big Discounts of 1000s of e-Titles - posted 6 Mar 2017, 15:27 Get 50% off all our e-book titles (and thousands of other titles) during Read an e-Book Week on Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of independently published e-books. Just use the coupon code RAE50 at checkout, to claim your discount when you buy. Read an e-Book Week is a global celebration of e-books. For one week only, readers can gain access to thousands of free or deeply discounted e-books, from the world's biggest indie authors. E-Book titles published by The Manuscript Publisher embrace all genres of ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 by Oscar Duggan
  • New Year, New Resolve but Where to Begin (Again)? Back to News > New Year, New Resolve but Where to Begin (Again)? - How Life Coaching will Empowers us to solve to our Personal Challenges - posted 20 Jan 2017, 01:08Time and tide wait for no man - Chaucer January is that time of year when it feels as if the wheel has turned once more. Winter is the season when we like to reflect upon what has come to pass. In fact, taking time out helps us to renew our focus and re-dedicate ourselves to getting what we want out of life. Yet, there are times when it might feel as if the only thing that is stopping us from achieving our goals is OURSELVES – Our Attitude is the ...
    Posted 3 Mar 2017, 17:22 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire (Book and DVD) Back to News > The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire - Ireland's Haunted Heritage captured on Book and DVD - posted 7 Dec 2016, 00:27 A journey into the heart of haunted Ireland awaits the reader in The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan and Jenifer Kerrigan, published by The Manuscript Publisher. The authors belong to a team of paranormal investigators (GhostÉire) based in the south-west of Ireland who describe their goal as being to find spiritual and scientific reasons for the paranormal, the supernatural and similarly unexplained phenomena. Their pursuit of this objective has taken them to locations the length and breadth of Ireland, investigating possible hauntings and supernatural occurrences. In this report of their ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2016, 14:42 by Oscar Duggan
  • Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin - 1960s Semi-Rural Ireland Back to News > Brightening Over Dillon’s by Liam Nevin - 1960’s semi-rural Ireland and a schoolboy’s view of life growing up there - posted 2 Nov 2016, 00:36 Brightening Over Dillon's by Liam Nevin is the just published volume of memoirs that offers an authentic, first-hand account of life growing up in Ireland during the decade of the 1960s. In telling this story, the author has drawn upon his own experiences and those of others too. What we get is a coming of age tale framed within the setting of a country that was also in transition, embracing modernity, rising to the challenges and opportunities that this brings in its wake. "Conditions weren't always ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2016, 10:48 by Oscar Duggan
  • FrightFest Season: Books for Halloween Back to News > FrightFest Season: Books for Halloween - brought to you by The Manuscript Publisher - posted 27 Oct 2016, 21:38 FrightFest Season is upon us once again as Halloween celebrations take hold across the world. In Christian liturgy, Halloween (or All Hallow's Eve) is dedicated to 'remembering the dead' but it is recognised as having its origins in earlier, Gaelic and pagan customs, and the Festival of Samhain in particular, which traditionally marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. In the spirit of the season, however or whichever way you choose to observe it, we bring you the following literary offerings on ghostly, ghastly, scary and otherwise otherworldly themes. A Riveting Read! We ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2016, 17:15 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: The Unity Project by Brian Corvin - a book, a vision, an idea Back to News > Book Launch: The Unity Project by Brian Corvin - a book, a vision, an idea - posted 25 Sep 2016, 13:00 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 ...
    Posted 26 Oct 2016, 16:40 by Oscar Duggan
  • Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion - 50% Off on All of our e-Book Titles in July Back to News > Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion 2016 - 50% Off on All of our e-Book Titles in July - posted 10 Jul 2016, 19:08Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion 2016 e-Book Titles Published on Smashwords by The Manuscript Publisher Fiction Children's Fiction Non-Fiction Memoirs Irish History Sport & Recreation Personal Development Poetry and Anthologies 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 ...
    Posted 25 Sep 2016, 06:45 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book of the Month in June: Domestic Violence - One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy Back to News > Book of the Month in June - Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy - 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 ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2016, 03:39 by Oscar Duggan
  • 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 - 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:01 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 - posted 21 Apr 2016, 00:53A 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:03 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, 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:04 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, 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:05 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 6 Jun 2016, 13:05 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, 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:07 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris Back to News > Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris 6pm Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ posted 28 Oct 2015, 20:38The 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:09 by Oscar Duggan
  • Greeting Cards for All Occasions - exclusive collection of themes and motifs Back to News > Greeting Cards for All Occasions - an exclusive selection of themes and motifs - posted 1 Oct 2015, 18:10The 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. 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:11 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2015 including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards Back to News > SiarScéal Festival 2015 including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards (now accepting entries) posted 8 Sep 2015, 23:03 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 ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:12 by Oscar Duggan
  • Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: a heart-warming, coming of age tale Back to News > Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden - a heart-warming, coming of age tale - Posted 8 Dec 2014, 14:08By 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. "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 ...
    Posted 8 Sep 2015, 14:56 by Oscar Duggan
  • 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
  • Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story - New Evidence Presented in a Revised and Updated Edition Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story New Evidence unearthed in the case of a century-old Irish Murder Mystery"Is It Me? What do I know about it? I know nothing about it." The last words uttered by Joseph Heffernan as a free man, as he was being charged for the murder of Mary Walker in Mullingar, which happened one July day in Mullingar in 1909. He was subsequently tried and convicted of the crime, becoming the last man to hang in Kilmainham Gaol the following January. New information in the case of Joseph Heffernan is contained in the revised and updated edition of Jack Kiernan’s Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story, which has just been published ...
    Posted 10 Sep 2013, 09:10 by Oscar Duggan
  • A History of Tobacco Growing in Ireland History of Tobacco Growing in Ireland Recalled The Kells Lecture Series that is to take place next Wednesday (31st July) will feature a talk by Liam Nevin on The Tobacco Fields of Meath. Liam is the author of the book by the same name. The lecture will take place in Donaghpatrick Hall at 8pm. Full details about the event are available to download here. Earlier this week, Liam spoke to Daire Nelson of LMFM, about the background to the book and the history of tobacco growing in Ireland. A podcast of the interview is available to listen to online.Liam's interest in the subject stems from the fact that his grandfather, John Nevin, was a key figure in the ...
    Posted 28 Aug 2013, 05:13 by Oscar Duggan
  • Summer Reads this July and August at The Manuscript Publisher Summer Offerings, E-Book Promotions, New and Forthcoming Titles Whether you are going away or staying at home this summer, you are never far from a good read. The advent of e-publishing has meant that the books which we want to read are always close at hand. These days, more and more books are electronically produced and stored remotely, so that they are capable of being accessed from anywhere, at any time. Here at The Manuscript Publisher, we have plenty to offer the hungry reader this summer, including several new books and titles that have either just been published, or are coming soon in print and e-book editions. See our Online Bookshop for more information. Special Offer on ...
    Posted 10 Jul 2013, 08:40 by Oscar Duggan
  • Roscommon Writing for Publishing Course Successfully Concluded Last Thursday (23rd May), saw the successful conclusion of the Writing for Publishing course, which we had been running at Roscommon County Library since April. The course was sponsored by Roscommon VEC and supported by SiarScéal, with assistance also from Roscommon County Library, who provided us with the venue and equipment.  A healthy attendance was in evidence throughout the eight-week run. Over 60 people in total turned out, with an average of about 30 participants for each night of the course, which addressed all the most important and pertinent aspects of writing and publishing today. The attendance figures, along with the lively discussion that took place each night, were most encouraging: testimony to the degree of interest and the ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:01 by Oscar Duggan
  • St. Patrick's Day: a Feast of Irish Books and Literature With St. Patrick's Day approaching it is as good a time as any to showcase the veritable library of books and literature, from the land of saints and scholars, which have seen the publishing light of day in recent times here at The Manuscript Publisher. The festivities around St. Patrick's Day are about connecting Irish people from near and far: people who were born or have come to live in Ireland, Irish people who have moved abroad, people in other countries who claim Irish descent.  Where Did They Get You? is the title of an absorbing memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell. It is the story of one who travelled the globe, as a member of the Irish diaspora ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:19 by Oscar Duggan
  • Read and E-Book Week - a global celebration of the written word in digital format Read and E-Book Week kicks off today and runs till Saturday, 9th March. This global celebration of the written word, in digital format, has been running every year since 2004. The twin aims are to encourage readers to give e-books a try and to give authors an opportunity to gain exposure of their work electronically. See the official website for more information about the background to this event. We are marking the occasion by taking part in a special promotion on Smashwords for the duration of the event. All of our titles will be available at 25% discount for one week only, and only when purchased on Smashword. Thousands of other titles are available at similarly discounted rates ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 15:30 by Oscar Duggan
  • Guest Post: Why Write, How to Write, When to Write by T.J. Gillespie (Tom na gCapaillín) Writing is a release of creative energy. Talking about what I am going to write dissipates that energy. Writing is a means of communication. Literacy as in speech, sign language, (gestures), painting, sculpture, music. Speech has a long pedigree; proficiency has traditionally been valued and honoured. A successful orator would have possessed and cultivated certain skills and mannerisms. It is commonly believed that writing gives you, the quieter, more sensitive soul, a voice. So let you write. Let the Inner You write of some incident, some idea, some thought in your mind that won’t go away. Seeing it in your mind's eye, write about it as graciously as you can, choosing words that flow, that glow with colour ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:39 by Oscar Duggan
  • Writing for Publishing: Course Dates announced for Roscommon in April and May Roscommon County Library (Abbey Street, Roscommon - get directions here) is the venue for the first, of what we hope will be many, in our series of Writing for Publishing courses. Commencing Thursday, 4th April the course will run every Thursday (6pm to 8pm) until 23rd May - a total of 8 weeks. Full details of the course outline, including modules and how you can book your place are available from the Writing for Publishing website (see Calendar of Events).  Writing for Publishing is an educational initiative sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher and aimed at authors and writers interested in honing their skills to write for a public audience. It emphasises the important connection between writing and publishing; seeing each as separate ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:44 by Oscar Duggan
  • New Title: The Echo of a Troubled Soul by Joy C. Agwu The Echo of a Troubled Soulby Joy C. Agwu The Echo of a Troubled Soul is the debut novella by Nigerian-born author, Joy C. Agwu. It is both a fascinating and insightful story that remains uplifting and life-affirming even as it delivers a cautionary tale. "Always wear knowledge like a wristwatch: bring it out when you need it because, when you stop learning, you will start dying. Life is too short and it is easier to forgive than to take the path of revenge." Following a spate of tragedies Tom is left alone; weighed down by bereavement and consumed with grief. He goes in search of comfort and companionship and, unfortunately, finds them in alcohol. However this ...
    Posted 27 Jan 2014, 06:50 by Oscar Duggan
  • Two New E-book Editions Available to Buy Now through all Major Online Retailers We are pleased to be able to announce two new additions to our growing catalogue of e-book titles that are available to buy through the e-stores of all major online retailers. SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection published last year is now available for distribution through Smashwords, complementing the Kindle edition which was also released last year. The anthology represents the fruit of over five years of poetry, prose and short stories submitted to the Hanna Greally Literary Awards. This takes place annually in March and in conjunction with the SiarScéal Festival. Copies of the print edition are still available and can be bought online. RRP €12.95 plus P&P for the print edition.  Speaking of SiarScéal ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:28 by Oscar Duggan
  • New Year, New Beginning and a Time to Plan for the Road Ahead January is that time of year when people like to make resolutions - to embark on new projects, fulfil a lifelong quest, learn new skills, adopt healthier lifestyles, make all-round self-improvements and so on. It goes back to the ancient Romans who began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. Those who find themselves in the frame of mind to make 2013 the year that counts towards achieving their goals and personal fulfilment, will find no more rewarding a read than Nuala Duignan’s Charting Your Life’s Roadmap in an Uncertain World: Choose Happiness Daily which has just been published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is a book ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 15:00 by Oscar Duggan
  • Happy New Year 2013: two new titles to usher in the year We would like to extend to all of our friends and followers our very best wishes for the New Year, and success in all of your endeavours. For our part, we are pleased to be starting into the new year in the spirit and stride that we intend to continue: by bringing you the best in independently published literature - fiction, non-fiction, poetry and prose.  Already we are off to a flying start with the publication of two new titles, by authors who are making their book publishing debut but who each have a wealth of experience, literary and storytelling talent behind them. Their books are available to buy now from our ever-expanding online catalogue as well as in ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:45 by Oscar Duggan
  • With all the Best Wishes of the Season from The Manuscript Publisher The Manuscript Publisher would like to extend warmest seasons greetings to all of our customers, colleagues, friends, well-wishers, everyone who has been with us and part of our story over the last twelve months.  2012 was a year in which we achieved more than we could possibly have hoped for when we opened for business the previous autumn. We had the opportunity to work with dozens of authors, writers, independent publishers, from Ireland and further afield, producing along the way a total of six new print titles (available to buy from our online catalogue), seven new e-book editions (on sale throughout the Christmas period on Amazon and Smashwords), among other projects and works in progress. None of this ...
    Posted 21 Jul 2013, 02:05 by Oscar Duggan
  • Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland: New Edition of John Toland’s 1714 pamphlet now available in Kindle and Print-on-Demand John Toland, Irish rationalist philosopher and freethinker was born on this day (30 November) in 1670. Though largely forgotten in his home country, Toland was and is a philosopher of international renown as well as a prolific writer on important political and religious issues of his day. As the website of the Humanist Society of Northern Ireland remarks: No one has made a greater contribution to the development of Freethought in Ireland than John Toland (1670-1722), and it is the responsibility of the modern secular movement to publish and popularise his writings which have been sadly neglected in his own country and in Britain. Despite his reputation as a thinker and writer of the stature of David Hume, his ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 15:32 by Oscar Duggan
  • Successful Launch of Bridget P. McDonnell’s memoir Where Did They Get You? at Roscommon County Library A lively attendance was evident at Roscommon County Library on Thursday (15th November) for the launch of the eagerly anticipated memoir, Where Did They Get You? by Roscommon writer, Bridget P. McDonnell. More than 80 of Bridget’s family, friends and neighbours, colleagues from her nursing days, members of her local golf club and other invited guests turned out for what proved to be a great celebration. Introducing the proceedings, the author, Bridget McDonnell, thanked everyone for coming and handed over to Oscar Duggan of The Manuscript Publisher. He went on to speak about the background to the book, how it came to be published, its resonance and importance for Ireland of today. He said that the writing of a ...
    Posted 21 Jul 2013, 02:02 by Oscar Duggan
  • Recommendations: Best Book Buys this Christmas from The Manuscript Publisher 2012 has been another very good year for self-published authors and writers. The Manuscript Publisher is pleased to offer you these recommendations from our ever-growing catalogue of independently published titles and books, including printed and e-book editions. Choices include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and anthologies and range from biography, autobiography and memoir; history including Irish history, social history, hidden history and historical mysteries; humour, satire, commentary, romantic comedy in the form of fairy tales and fisherman's tales. Each of these titles represent a veritable labour of love by the authors concerned. They have been professionally published with the same dedication and attention to the discerning demands of book lovers everywhere and anyone in search of a ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 15:55 by Oscar Duggan
  • E-books and the Future of Publishing (part iii) Feel free to share this article or forward the links to anyone you know who may be interested in E-publishing as a cost effective and affordable publishing solution for the modern era. The Free and Open Form of Publishing. But is it the Future? In recent years e-publishing has emerged as an exciting and entirely new type of market for books and the literary form of writing in general. Authors, writers, independent publishers are naturally excited by these developments. Having laboured so long, usually on the fringes, often in the shadows of success, a whole new playing field has opened up, and a level playing field at that. The danger of course is that this sort of excitement ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:28 by Oscar Duggan
  • New Title: Where Did They Get You? a memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell Where Did they Get You? is the title of a fascinating memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell. It recounts the story of one woman’s experiences: from growing up in Ireland in the 1940s and 50s; emigration while still in the prime of her youth; a career in nursing that spanned five decades and which took her to eight countries, as well as travels the length and breadth of the globe. The past, as they say, is another country. This is also the story of the Irish Diaspora and the important, formative yet largely unacknowledged role which they played in the modernisation of Irish society. We are reminded of a time when choices were not as plentiful, doors were not always ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:58 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2013: Celebrating The Gathering The programme of events for the seventh annual SiarScéal Festival has just been announced. The festival celebrates the culture and heritage of Roscommon, recognising in particular its unique landscape dominated by the river basins and lakes of the Suck and the Shannon. The festival has gone from strength to strength since its inception. At the same time, submissions are also being accepted for the Hanna Greally Literary Awards, which take place every year in conjunction with the Festival. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded for the poem with the best sense of 'Pride of Place'. Previous entries to this competition were published last year in a volume entitled Roscommon in Reflection, which is available to buy online from ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:10 by Oscar Duggan
  • E-Books and the Future of Publishing (part ii) E-Publishing: The Statistics Tell a StoryContinuing our series on E-Books and the Future of Publishing (the first instalment, in case you missed it, is available here) we examine certain notable trends that have emerged with the advent of e-books; both in market terms and as a reading option.  A recent survey from the US has been made available in the very helpful format of an inforgraph by Schools.com (see below). What this illustration helps us to do is to discern the key trends, as well as what cognisance authors, writers, independent publishers should give to them where their own writing and publishing ambitions are concerned. There are no startling conclusions presented here, in the sense ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:31 by Oscar Duggan
  • Writing for Publishing: A New Initiative for Authors, Writers, Independent Publishers a creative writing course for the modern age Writing for Publishing is the title of a new educational initiative being spearheaded by The Manuscript Publisher and designed specifically for authors, writers, independent publishers. It aims to equip authors and writers with both the tools and the skills necessary to write and reach a public audience in today's publishing environment.  It is a creative writing course with a difference, in that it emphasises the important connection between writing and publishing: how one informs the other and how the two operate in today's era of digital media and mass communication. Prospective authors and writers will learn how develop their writing skills with a view to getting published. They will learn ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:42 by Oscar Duggan
  • Free Kindle Promotions on Amazon all this Weekend All this weekend, until Monday, included among the hundreds of Kindle editions available to download for free on Amazon are these intriguing titles:  A Woeful Tale by Derrick Cranpole. A volume of poems and sketches from the man who is generally regarded as the conscience and voice of seafarers and coastal communities. Cranpole has been described as "a man fond of a bit of ironic, sometimes blunt poetry or ditties." (Tom MacSweeney, Marine Times). Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre by Sorcha Duggan. Fiction. A modern day fairy tale. It's a story of love, chivalry, honour with humour aplenty. A book that will appeal to young and old alike; especially those who are young at heart and everyone who ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:36 by Oscar Duggan
  • 3 New Kindle Titles Published on Amazon: Tales from the Land, the Sea and all you Want to Know about Horses We are pleased to able to announce the publication of three new Kindle e-books, and to recommend these titles to your list of summer reads. While the weather conditions which we have been experiencing of late are not conducive to exploring the great outdoors, it is all the more reason to have a good book to hand, as a fall back. In Ireland, complaining about the weather is something of a national pastime. But we are also a nation known for our strong interests in literary pursuits. Could the two be related? Each of these books have been independently published, by authors with distinguished background and knowledge in their chosen areas and disciplines. All of these titles are are ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:07 by Oscar Duggan
  • Competition: Win a Copy of 'Ireland's First Real World Cup' by David Needham This competition is now closed. The first correct answer drawn came from Co. Waterford. The correct answer of course was Bulgaria. Thank you to everyone who participated. Copies of David Needham's account of Ireland's First Real World Cup are still available to buy from our Online Bookshop. It is a mighty good read. The result in Poznan wasn't exactly the start Ireland desired to its Euro 2012 campaign. Our chances of progressing further in the tournament have taken a blow; unless they can pull off something extraordinary against Spain and Italy. In a bid to lift the mood of the country - and get us all behind the team for the important matches coming up - we are offering ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:17 by Oscar Duggan
  • E-books and the Future of Publishing (part one in a series) This video that we came across recently on YouTube is reminiscent of the 2006 film A Night at the Museum; which includes the likes of Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke among an all-star cast from past and present (see IMDB for complete listings). This one however is set in a bookshop, without a cast of characters. Instead we are treated to an empty, deserted scene, which is entertaining nevertheless. A world of interest and intrigue but no one there to witness it.  Of course some might say that this is the future which the advent of e-publishing holds for the book retail trade. So are bookshops really about to become a museum ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:32 by Oscar Duggan
  • Ireland's First Real World Cup: the Story of the Forgotten Pioneers of Irish Sport A new book recalls the unsung heroes of Irish soccer and Olympic history Thousands of Irish soccer fans will be traveling to Poland and Ukraine for this summer’s European Championship. Many more will be tuning in to watch on TV. Among the younger fans will be those who were not even born, or will barely remember, the euphoria of the moment when Ray Houghton ‘put the ball in the England net’ to secure a memorable victory in Stuttgart at Euro 1988. It heralded the dawn of a new era in Irish soccer, yet it was not the first time that an Irish team competed in the final stages of an international tournament. That achievement belongs to the Boys in ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:54 by Oscar Duggan
  • Coming Up: Free Promotions of Amazon Kindle Books in May Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre A romantic comedy told in the style of a modern day fairy tale. It is a story that appeals to young and old alike, especially anyone who is young at heart.  Now in its second printing, it has also been selling well in e-book format on Amazon's Kindle platform since February of this year. This was at a special introductory price of US$0.99 which, like all things introductory, must shortly expire. From Monday, 21st May the new price will be €3.99 or local currency equivalent. Which means you only have one more week to purchase the Kindle edition of Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre on Amazon at the ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:14 by Oscar Duggan
  • Your Three Steps to Self-Publishing Success If you are an author considering the independent route to publishing your works of fiction, memoir, poetry, etc. you cannot have failed to notice the abundance of publishing platforms today, offering you the opportunity to do just that. In fact you are probably inundated with offers from people who are willing to publish your book; provided you are willing to pay the price! But what is the price that you should be prepared to pay? The principle of let the buyer beware operates just as much in publishing as in any other business.  So while the opportunities are there to be grasped, planning and preparation are still key to your success. An article in the Huffington Post earlier this year ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:07 by Oscar Duggan
  • Sixth Annual SiarScéal Festival Successfully Concluded The annual SiarScéal Festival, now in its sixth year, took place over four days from 22-24th March at venues around Roscommon. Even the sun came out for the proceedings which included poetry readings, music, art, cinema, workshops and much more.  The annual Hanna Greally Literary Awards, which runs in conjunction with the Festival, were presented by Richie Farrell and Cllr Eugene Murphy, Roscommon's County Librarian and Mayor respectively. The Mayor also formally launched the SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection which celebrates five years of work submitted to the Hanna Greally awards. The Mayor paid tribute to the anthology and congratulated all involved. He said it was testimony to the literary talent and and endorsement of Roscommon's ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2013, 15:15 by Oscar Duggan
  • Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre: A Modern-Day Fairy Tale Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre is the title of what can only be described as a modern-day fairy tale. It is a story that is truly original in every sense of the word. It is well worth the read, if only for the fact that it is unlike any book you will have read before. Written and illustrated by Sorcha Duggan, it tells the story of Charles, the titular character whose pre-occupations include girls, music and books in that order. Only his closest friend, the writer and philosopher knows the true source of his unrest. She contrives a way to bring his dreams to life. What follows is a fast-paced, quirky tale of honour, chivalry, romance ...
    Posted 5 Jul 2013, 05:38 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Anthology 2012: Roscommon in Reflection. On Sale Now. Roscommon in Reflection is the title of this year's collection of poetry and prose from SiarScéal, a historical and cultural collective of people who live around the rivers and lakes of the Shannon basin.  It has just been published, in advance of the SiarScéal Festival, which takes place every year over four days in March. The anthology celebrates five years of work submitted to the festival's annual Hanna Greally Literary Competition.  In his Foreword to this anthology, well-known poet, playwright, novelist, Dermot Bolger says: "This is a book that emanates from Roscommon and resonates with the landscape and varied stories of Roscommon, but, like all good writing, it slips free of all boundaries and borders to speak ...
    Posted 21 Jul 2013, 02:02 by Oscar Duggan
  • Life of 18th Century Irish Philosopher re-told through the Power of the E-book John Toland was an Irish born philosopher of the early Enlightenment period. An original thinker in the truest sense of the word, he was actually the first person to be ‘labelled’ a freethinker - by his fellow Irishman Bishop Berkeley. A prolific writer of books and pamphlets on all manner of contemporary politics, philosophy and religious concerns, historians of the period consider Toland to be among the leading intellectuals who laid the groundwork for the Age of Enlightenment; which had clearly emerged by the end of the 18th century. His contributions to public discourse were not always welcome however. His first book, Christianity Not Mysterious (1696) was denounced in the English and Irish parliaments and publicly burned in Dublin. Toland was ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:56 by Oscar Duggan
  • A Fisherman's Tale of Pride and Woe A Woeful Tale is the title of an eagerly awaited collection of poetry and illustrations from retired sea fisherman, Derrick Cranpole. Together in one volume for the first time, it includes work that has previously been published in various anthologies, magazines, periodicals as well as being performed on radio. People who go to sea are notorious for telling tall tales. But Cranpole’s wry observations and humourous anecdotes make the mind boggle, not because they are too fantastic, but because they are all too real. The irony of an island nation turning its back on what could potentially be its greatest resource has been alluded to before. But Cranpole offers an insider’s perspective, and with a knack for understatement ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:11 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2012 Programme of Events Announced SiarScéal Fesitval 2012, hosted by Roscommon County Library Services will take place from Thursday, March 22nd to Sunday 25th 2012. Full details of the programme of events can be downloaded here.  Included among the activities that will take place over the four days are:  a screening of Bloomsday Cabaret featuring James Joyce and how his love for music influenced his written work poetry to music workshop launch and readings of Siarscéal Festival Anthology 2012 classical recital held in St Comans Church Heritage/Culture tour to Rathcroghan the Royal Celtic site of the Warrior Queen Maeve and the Cruachan Aí Centre Hanna Greally Literary Competition 2012. Closing date for entry is Friday January 27th 2012. Details available here. 
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 16:08 by Oscar Duggan
  • Introducing The Manuscript Publisher Publishing Solutions for the Digital AgeMainstream publishing has always been an exclusive affair. But these days the publishing opportunities for authors and writers willing to explore the independent route have never been more plentiful. A new enterprise, The Manuscript Publisher offers professional and affordable services that assist in the goal of getting your books into the public domain. And while the venture may be new, the personnel behind it have a wealth of experience in publishing, marketing, editorial services and design.  According to Oscar Duggan, the group's founder and General Manager: "We have worked with dozens of authors, writers, independent publishers from Ireland and further afield, helping to produce quality self-published titles which have been well received ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2013, 14:51 by Oscar Duggan
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Book Launch: Michael Whelton at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Friday, 6 September 2019

posted 19 Aug 2019, 22:14 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 19 Aug 2019, 22:15 ]

Book Launch: Two Books by Michael Whelton
– Friday, 6 September at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork from 12.30pm –

Crawford Art Gallery, in the heart of Cork City, is a fitting venue for the formal launch of two recently published books by local author, Michael Whelton. The event takes place on Friday, 6 September from 12.30pm and is open to the public.

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton
Michael Whelton, a retired medical doctor who has also dedicated himself to art and literary pursuits, is a native of Cork, having lived and worked there for most of his life. He has also travelled extensively and all of this is very much to the fore in his writings (as well as in the background), providing as it does, the setting for many of the short stories contained in his collection, Portraits of the Past, which was published just last year.
Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton

Through the Pages of History: an art, music and medical miscellany is his more recently published collection of essays, which looks at the lives of historical figures and addresses landmarks in human history, scientific achievement, artistic excellence and so on. Subjects covered include events like the Black Death, medieval witch hunts, capital punishment while Mozart, Renoir, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Kings John and Richard III of England, Herod the Great of Biblical fame are just a few of the names that crop up in this engrossing read.

Both books are published by The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online as well as certain bookshops and, are also available in e-book editions.

Signed copies will be on sale at the launch, which is hosted by Friends of Crawford Art Gallery. Entry is free and refreshments will be served. Make a note in your diary:

Venue: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork – for directions, see Google Maps
Date: Friday, 6 September 2019
Time: 12.30pm

Michael Whelton Book Launch Invitation – Crawford Art Gallery

SiarScéal Festival 2019 | Beneath Western Skies and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards

posted 7 Aug 2019, 12:53 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 19 Aug 2019, 21:25 ]

SiarScéal Festival 2019
- Beneath Western Skies Exhibition and the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards -

posted 7 Aug 2019, 20:53
SiarScéal Festival 2019 will take place over two days, commencing on Friday, 11 October and continuing through Saturday, 12 October at Roscommon County Library HQ in Roscommon Town. Further information is available from the festival website.
SiarScéal Festival 2019 programme of events brochure

Meanwhile, the closing date for the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards is Tuesday, 10 September and there is every incentive to get your entries in – the Overall Winner will take home a cash prize of €500, with two runners-up each receiving €100. There will also be trophy prizes for Highly Commended entries in the categories of local, national, international. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded to a local writer or school with the best sense of place or identity. Full details of how to enter the competition (including theme, rules of entry and so on) are available from the SiarScéal website – see Competitions.

Also showcasing at this year's festival is a Beneath Western Skies exhibition, which will be formally launched on Day One of the festival. It will subsequently go on tour and be on display regionally at libraries in Leitrim and Sligo during October and November. The exhibition features photography and poetry by Anni Wilton Jones, who will also host this year's SiarScéal festivities.

Day Two of the festival will include presentation of the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards. Guest poet at this year's festival is Faye Boland, author of Peripheral, who will also adjudicate the Awards. She was overall winner in 2017.

Festival-goers will then be treated to a choral recital from the Galway-based Write-On Group.

An open mike session, from 1.30pm to 4.50pm, will close off the festival. People interested in performing their work are asked to send a short text message or SMS to 086 1649756 (if dialling from outside Éire-Ireland use Int + 353 and drop leading zero from prefix). This will help the organisers to ensure that everyone is accommodated.

Full details about the festival – including programme of events, how to get there, etc – is available from SiarScéal website. There is also a festival brochure that is free to download and share.

Learning about Horses with T.J. Gillespie (Tom na gCapaillín)

posted 30 Jul 2019, 15:39 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Aug 2019, 14:08 ]

I Want to Really Learn about Horses by T.J. Gillespie
– a must-have book for the horse and equestrian enthusiast –

posted 30 Jul 2019, 23:39
I Want to Really Learn about Horses by T.J. Gillespie
I Want to Really Learn about Horses by T.J. Gillespie really is a must-have book for any horse and equestrian enthusiast. Whether a person is learning about horses for the first time or, has previous experience, there is so much insight to be gained from this compact volume, coming from a knowledgeable source. More than just a learning aid, it is a book that will serve as a lifelong companion to anyone wishing to share in the privilege of good horsemanship.

Recently re-issued, with few, if any changes, T.J. Gillespie’s book has been in constant demand since first published in 2011. It is now available in both print and e-book editions, providing for a continuity that will allow successive generations to benefit and gain insight from the author's lifelong passion.

Growing up in Sligo, on Ireland’s western seaboard, T.J. Gillespie (aka Tom na gCapaillín) saw horses all around him and took them for granted. Some enchanted day, he knew he must learn more so, he listened and watched and read and, thought out the prevailing wisdom. He put theory to the test, devising and presenting a series of Horse and Pony Management courses, thereby gaining insight into other owners’ problems and points of view.

I Want to Really Learn about Horses represents a summation of that lifelong learning, imparted with an enthusiasm that is infectious, written in a warm and engaging style. In no more than 80 pages, the author shares his wealth of experience with an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, punctuated with illustrations and diagrams throughout. The subjects covered are wide ranging but always to the point.

I Want to Really Learn about Horses by T.J. Gillespie is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. RRP €9.99 (print edition) plus P&P.

The Much-Maligned Mary Pike by Kieran Groeger (the Rebel County and '98)

posted 16 Apr 2019, 15:28 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 19 Aug 2019, 21:26 ]

The Much-Maligned Mary Pike by Kieran Groeger
– the Rebel County and '98 –

posted 16 Apr 2019, 23:28
Mary Pike, a wealthy, young Quaker heiress, was kidnapped in July 1797 by a widowed knight, Sir Henry Brown Hayes, intent on forcing her into marriage and getting his hands on her fortune. She was rescued from his house, Vernon Mount, in Cork city.
The Much-Maligned Mary Pike by Kieran Groeger (the Rebel County and '98)

He fled the country but, then decided that public opinion was in his favour and he challenged her to face him in court. He was shocked when Mary Pike won the case and he was soon sentenced to transportation for life in Australia, where the governor was a certain Captain Bligh, lately of the Bounty.

Sadly, the history books tell us that the subsequent ordeal was too much for Mary Pike – she suffered a nervous breakdown and died in a mental hospital.

The author, Dr Kieran Groeger, delights in stripping away the layers of documentation, analysing legends, old newspaper accounts, piecing together the clues to reveal a truly astonishing story.

The 1798 Rebellion of the United Irishmen features as backdrop to these events. To people who might ask, ‘did nothing happen in Cork during this period?’, the author’s unequivocal response would be that a lot happened. The city is brought to life in this much anticipated volume.

The Much-Maligned Mary Pike: The Rebel County and '98 by Kieran Groeger is published by The Manuscript Publisher and on sale now. It is available to buy online as well as in all good bookshops. RRP €14.99.

The book will be launched on Friday, 10 May at 12.30pm in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, where originals of illustrations featured in the book are on display. The event is hosted by Friends of Crawford Art Gallery and all are welcome to attend.

Kieran will also be speaking at the subject of "The Abduction of Mary Pike and that fateful night in Vernon Mount, Cork" at Dromana House and Gardens on Sunday, 5 May as part of a day-long programme of talks and lectures that runs from 10.30am to 4pm.

Kieran Groeger, author of The Trial and Execution of James Cotter, the Little Book of Youghal, along with other books and articles on Irish and local history, is a retired teacher, avid Francophile and regular cyclist.

Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton (an art, music and medical miscellany)

posted 3 Apr 2019, 02:16 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 16 Apr 2019, 15:21 ]

Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton
– an art, music and medical miscellany –

posted 3 Apr 2019, 10:16
Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton (an art, music and medical miscellany)
Was Mozart really buried in a pauper's grave? What role did yellow fever play in the construction of the Panama Canal? How did the painter, Renoir cope with rheumatoid arthritis in his old age? Has history been overly harsh towards King Herod?

Just a few of the questions (taken from among a very broad range of subject matter) that are looked at from historical and medical perspectives in Michael Whelton's engaging collection of essays. Through the Pages of History: an art music and medical miscellany is written in a lively style and a manner that will intrigue but also satisfy inquisitive minds.

It is book that will appeal as much to the general reader as to those with specialist knowledge. It is also a book that the reader will not find easy to put down, once started on a journey that trawls through medical annals, to probe popular misconceptions or shed new light on the personalities and events that have shaped history.

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton
Charles Darwin, Ignaz Semmelweis, Marie Curie, Alexander Fleming, Rosalind Franklin all get more than a mention but, the author also casts his trained medical eye over matters and phenomenon such as diseases and epidemics, medieval witch hunts, tattooing, embalming, 'humane' judicial killings. A firm grasp of the facts is exhibited but, always with an good eye for the story or amusing anecdote connected to landmarks in human history, scientific achievement, artistic excellence and so on.

Most importantly, he brings to bear his own scientific knowledge, as a retired medical doctor and in doing so, amply demonstrates how truth is all too often stranger than fiction. Not that he doesn't have experience in this area too. His previous volume, Portraits of the Pasta collection of short stories and flash fiction published just last year – read like Joycean narratives set in his native Cork during the post-war period.

Through the Pages of History: an art, music and medical miscellany by Michael Whelton is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is on sale now. RRP €12.99.

I Declare Before My God: The Brian and James Seery Story by Jack Kiernan

posted 16 Mar 2019, 10:33 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 1 Apr 2019, 14:52 ]

I Declare Before My God by Jack Kiernan
– twin tales of 19th century miscarriages of justice, in Ireland and Australia –

posted 16 Mar 2019, 17:33
I Declare Before My God: The Brian and James Seery Story is the latest offering from author and historian, Jack Kiernan. In it, he introduces us to not one but, two tales of 19th century miscarriages of justice.
I Declare Before My God by Jack Kiernan (the Brian and James Seery story)

The accounts relate to quite separate incidents and events that happened 24 years apart and, even on different continents. However, what draws them together is that they involved the deaths of a father and a son, both convicted and sentenced to hang in questionable circumstances, based on evidence that would hardly hold sway in the courts of Ireland or Australia of today.

Brian Seery was executed in Ireland on 13 February 1846, outside Mullingar Gaol, having been charged and found guilty of the attempted murder of Sir Francis Hopkins, a local landlord. This was in spite of what a contemporary observer (the author, Charles Dickens) described as, "extremely questionable evidence and his own persistent protestations of innocence."

As Seery stood on the gallows, while raising his crucifix, he said in a calm, loud and steady tone, with an emphasis of awful and terrible solemnity:

I declare before my God that I had neither act, hand, part or knowledge in the crime for which I am going to die here!

When Brian Seery died, he left behind a wife and a young family of five, including a son, James, who would later move to Australia, finding work in the goldfields of the Gippsland region of Victoria. Charged and found guilty of the murder and mutilation of a fellow mineworker, he was sentenced to death and executed on 14 November 1870, aged just 33 years. However, many questions surround the circumstances and the evidence provided that led to death of James Seery, just like in the case of his father before him.

Once again, Jack Kiernan carefully assembles the available evidence in a manner that lets the reader decide while, at the same time, leaving no doubt as to the view that he takes. He also offers a stinging critique of the prevailing colonial mindsets and Ascendancy attitudes of the time, which resulted in so many travesties of justice.

Jack Kiernan is an author and investigative historian who specialises in cold cases, murder mysteries and miscarriages of justice. Previously published books include Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story (2014) and Why Did They Lie? The Irish Civil War, the Truth, Where and When it Began (2018). He lives and works in Mullingar, the town where he was born and raised. He is a retired Irish Army serviceman and former National Welfare Officer with PDFORRA.

I Declare Before My God by Jack Kiernan is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is on sale now. It is available to buy online from the websites of the author and the publisher, as well as certain bookshops.

The Compendium by Brian Corvin – Something a Little Different

posted 11 Mar 2019, 14:27 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 16 Mar 2019, 10:30 ]

The Compendium by Brian Corvin
– something a little different –

posted 11 Mar 2019, 21:27
The Compendium is author, Brian Corvin's third published book. Whereas his first two – The Dream Journey (2010) and The Unity Project (2016) – were collections of poetry and verse, the present volume offers "something a little different".
The Compendium by Brian Corvin

The first section contains of a selection of neohaikus and social verse while, the second introduces the reader to some quirky short stories, taking on tales of the macabre, turning up some strange and unexpected twists. This is followed by a trilogy of related one-act plays looking at the the issue of clerical child abuse, probing the question of whether forgiveness of the kind that can lead to redemption is ever really possible in such a context.

The volume finishes with an autobiographical fragment – Towards a New World Order – in which he describes how he became a Baha’i, while living in Devon, England back in the 1960s.

"I am still a Bahai though, these days, I sometimes describe myself as a Neo-Bahai. I have never regretted my move to Bahai though, when writing about it, I sometimes feel that I can see similarities to Graham Greene's sardonically tinged attitude to Catholic beliefs and practices. I still believe that Bahai offers an unmatched vision for the future of the species, though we seldom live up to its aspirations and, I certainly feel that it is worth considering in this confusing, pessimistic and negative transitionary period."

The author, Brian Corvin, was born in Dublin, Ireland eighty years ago but, he sees himself as a world citizen. He has been inspired by Bahaullah, the prophet of globalisation but, feels that his writing should be grounded in the here and now of the world that he finds around him.

He achieves this quite admirably and with keen insight. His true talent, it might be said, rests in an ability to faithfully convey the views held by those of a particular mindset, irrespective of whether one might share those views or, even sympathise with them. It comes across in his writing whether he is talking about the European refugee crisis, politics in the era of Trump, the motives that drive people to commit desperate acts.

The Compendium by Brian Corvin is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is on sale now and available to buy online as well as from certain bookshops. RRP €9.99.

Book Launch: Peripheral by Faye Boland

posted 12 Sep 2018, 06:23 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 11 Mar 2019, 14:23 ]

Book Launch: Peripheral by Faye Boland
– poetry with a power to connect –

posted 12 Sep 2018, 14:23
Peripheral by Faye Boland is the author's debut collection of poems to be formally launched at Tralee Library in Co. Kerry on Saturday, 22 September, starting 2.30pm.

Peripheral by Faye Boland
Faye Boland's poetry has been described as "a happy combination of musical lyricism and intellectual subtlety" by well-known Irish poet and novelist, Brendan Kennelly.

The poem from which this collection takes its title was Overall Winner at the 2017 Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon. It is also from this that the present volume results, as the prize, on this occasion, was for the winner to have his or her book published professionally by The Manuscript Publisher, an Irish-based publishing services provider.

In her citation of Boland's winning entry, the adjudicator at the awards, Mary Melvin Geoghegan, drew attention to the author's "economy and freshness of language", which she describes as "riveting – words forming as scaffold to arrest the eye and ear" –

My roof is the sky,
the wind my walls,

Every night it blows
the same words:

Homeless.
Homeless.


Poet, Eileen Sheehan describes Boland's poetry ("recounted from an eclectic range of perspectives") as charting "a restless search for home, for purpose in an era when people feel increasingly disconnected from their own sense of worth."

So, where does one find that sense of self-worth? Our ability to connect is one place to start looking or so this collection of poetry might appear to suggest: the ability to receive and to acknowledge human distress signals, rather than trying to shut them out. Also, from the pleasure to be found in the mundane, reminding us that we are all somehow connected, no matter how dispersed and disparate our lives become.

Peripheral by Faye Boland is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is on sale now and available to buy online, as well as from other outlets. RRP €12 plus P&P.

The book will be formally launched at Tralee Library, Co. Kerry on Saturday, 22 September, starting 2.30pm.

Book Launch Invitation – Peripheral by Faye Boland

Faye Boland will also be performing her work and giving readings at the following public events and venues during autumn 2018:
  • Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 – Thursday, 27 September @ 6.30pm
  • Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare – Friday, 28 September @ 8pm
  • Kinsale Literary Festival – Sunday, 7 October @ 3pm
  • Limerick Writers Centre, The Poetry Circle, Nelly’s Cafe, Nicholas Street, Limerick – Thursday, 18 October @ 7.30pm
  • SiarScéal Festival, Roscommon Library, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town – Saturday, 20 October @ 12pm

Just Published: Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton

posted 6 Jun 2018, 04:50 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 12 Sep 2018, 06:02 ]

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton
– a collection of bittersweet tales –

posted 6 Jun 2018, 12:50
Life, death and all things in between, including the decisions that we make or have thrust upon us; how we face the consequences and how we allow those consequences to shape our destinies. Such are the themes and narratives that emerge in Portraits of the Past, a collection of short stories and flash fiction from Michael Whelton, which has just been published.

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton
Poignant moments and personal epiphanies are skilfully captured in a collection of bittersweet tales that are usually self-contained but often hinting at a larger story. The stories themselves are told with honesty, candour and a sense of humour that always shines through, even as the characters portrayed themselves seem to dwell in a certain twilight.

"She caressed the faded ribbon and thought of returning it to the secret drawer. Realising that this would only perpetuate the dream, she tenderly dropped it. The love knot burned, closing an unfulfilled chapter in her life."

Carefully crafted, written with keen observation and rare insight, the author's style is inviting. In the end, we are left with a powerful sense of the intensity of living in this world, coupled with an understanding of what it means to be alive within the context of it.

Michael Whelton is a retired medical doctor who has lived and worked in Cork for most of his life but, has also travelled extensively. Both of these circumstances are reflected in his writings. It could be said that, much like what Joyce did for Dublin, Michael Whelton does for his own native city, with his naturalistic depictions that allow time to stand still for just long enough to afford the reader a glimpse inside.

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online. RRP €9.99 plus P&P.

Watch out for other books by Michael Whelton coming soon. Through the Pages of History: an art, music and medical miscellany is a collection of essays that will also be published this summer while a volume of memoirs, No Plough Stops, will be coming out in autumn.

It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly

posted 14 May 2018, 11:03 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 04:46 ]

It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly
– positive news journalism for the 21st century –

posted 14 May 2018, 19:03
A new book by veteran journalist, Seamus Kelly, soon to be launched, addresses both the challenges and opportunities that modern media presents, not just in terms of the form (e.g. how news is delivered) but also in terms of content (how news is presented and reported).
It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly

In a world of spiralling, almost out-of-control negative media, Seamus Kelly tackled the sensationalised press portrayals of the day by creating and producing a more sensitive, positive journalistic style of news reporting. His reporting of positive news stories in Ireland's national and regional press, including his own Ballymun Concrete News newspaper, introduces a new concept in journalism.

Is the modern media world open to Seamus Kelly's new concept of positive news and prepared to steer clear of the sensationalised, negative, grizzly, horrific, front-page, in-your-face tabloid press stories?

His book, It's Written in Concrete, shows his successful journey in battling against the odds to have his positive news stories, not only published in his own newspaper but also accepted and reported in national and regional newspapers. Much of this happened against the background of Ballymun's urban re-development programme, the largest of its kind to be initiated in the history of the Irish State.

Seamus' positive stories, over the years, have been widely publicised. He hopes this book will help to stimulate debate in media circles and lead to a different outlook in the reporting of both negative and positive news, in which consideration for their effects on readers and society in general will be of paramount importance.

"Positive news, incorporated into everyday news reporting,” Seamus says, “will have a feel-good effect on readers, acting as a force for community regeneration in the long-term, by presenting to the world a more powerful, positive news media."

It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly is published by The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online as well as certain bookshops. RRP €14.99 plus P&P.

The book will be formally launched at Axis Theatre, Ballymun on 7 June, starting 7pm. Admission is free but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP Axis, who can be reached on 01 8832100. See map below for directions.

Axis Art Centre and Theatre, Ballymun

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