JULY 2010 SEVEN TOWERS NEWSLETTER


CONTENTS:

1. UPDATE

2. NEWS

3. EVENTS

5. OTHER EVENTS AND INFO TO NOTE

4. LOOKING FORWARD

5. BOOKS

1. UPDATE:

And here we are in July already. 2010 has just flown!!

And as well as being bright and sunny, June was a cheery month for Seven Towers too,. We started it off with a lunchtime reading in Chapters Bookstore and a launch in Cassidy’s Bar together right at the beginning of the month on 2nd June. Unfortunately, the advertised readers weren’t able to make it for the lunchtime gig, but Ross Hattaway and Bernadette O’Reilly gallantly stepped into the breach for an enjoyable impromptu reading. That evening we headed to Cassidy’s Bar in Westmoreland St, to celebrate the launch of Eamonn Lynskey’s wonderful book And Suddenly the Sun Again. With a wonderful speech by Karl Parkinson to set the tone for the evening, and Eamonn following up with a reading from the book, an excellent launch celebration was had by all!! Karl’s speech can be read on the website at http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=190&Itemid=27. The following Wednesday, 9th June, saw a further celebration of the publication of And Suddenly the Sun Again, this time in the wonderful (and wonderfully busy) public library in Lucan, where thanks is due to the staff and to Niamh Bagnell who introduced Eamonn adn his book to those present. Niamh’s speech is also on the website and can be accessed at [insert link]. This was a busy week for Seven Towers, with our regular themed reading in Chapters Bookstoreon the next day the Thursday (10th June) – to which I am happy to say, following a stormy performance outside on Wednesday, Suddenly the Sun cam up trumps as it was suddenly the sun again!! The theme for the reading was Dublin, it being the month it was – with celebrations of Mr Joyce’s Dublin opus and the Dublin writers festival. Karl Parkinson opened proceedings with a Dublin litany, mesmerising the passing audience who gathered around, seated adn standing to witness the performance; Karl was followed to the mic by Neville Keery, Steve Conway, Oran Ryan, Bob Shakeshaft, Eileen Keane, Ross Hattaway, Bernie O Reilly ,and Eamonn Lynskey, bringing us back and forth across the Liffey as each writer explored their memories of their Dublin, and their own writings about Dublin. The following day, Firday the 11th saw us welcome Tralee poet, and publisher at Doghouse Books, Noel King to the Chapters and Verse readings in Chapters Bookstore. Noel was celebrating the layunch of his own first collection, Prophesying the Past which has just been published by Salmon. Noel, and Salmon Books have launched the careers of many a fine poet, many of whom were present for the reading, and it was our great pleasure to be the hosts. The next reading for June fell, quite coincidentally on Bloomsday, which happened this year to be the third Wednesday of the month – meaning we could celebrate with a Seven Towers reading as well as a cycle to Sandycove!! Readers were Pauline Fayne, Eamon Gilmore and Alma Brayden – still fresh from the launch of her beautiful book Prism. The event was hosted by Seven Towers’ Ruairi Conneely making his debut as MC. A fun time all round, and a worthy celebtarion of Dublin literature.

The following day, June 17th saw the return, albeit temporary, of New York based poet Quincy R Lehr to Ireland, and, after a brief stopover in Dublin, he headed to Galway to guest at the Over the Edge Reading, the very successful and internationally respected event run by Kevin Higgins and Susan Millar DuMars. The next Seven Towers event was our now annual reading in Chapters Bookstore to celebrate the Gay Pride Festival in Dublin. The Writers for Gay Pride, and for eradicating homophobia, this year were Oran Ryan who read Chinese poetry and Ezra Pound (!), who was ground breaking in his own way; Mike Igoe who shown his versatility as a poet and a performer reading old and new, and also shorter poems – and of course there was the moustache!; Orla Martin – organiser of the wonderful Winding Stair Bookshop Open Mic – who was outing her desire to become a gay icon!!

The following Wednesday Quincy Lehr returned for this first reading in quite a while in Dublin, and entertained a rapt audience in Chapters Bookstore. Quincy then briefly relocated to Cork, where he was the guest reader at the wonderful Ó Bheal open mic there.

And all that brought us to our monthly open mic, the lead up to which was interrupted in Dublin by the abrupt closure of our beloved venue Cassidy’s Bar in Westmoreland St. And for once the recession (are we allowed to say that word out loud?) work in the favour of the arts, and we were able to find a new venue at short notice, upstairs in Chaplins Bar in Hawkins St – a venue that was liked by all out attendees – new and regulars. We hope to bring you more on the history of Chaplins Bar, but can’t help wondering at this time if the name is related in any way to the fact that Charlie Chaplin once performed on the stage of the Theatre Royal which would have been across the street from Chaplins.

We were thrilled to note that word of the new venue spread quickly and the open mic on 30th June was well attended by regulars, visitors and soon to be regulars. The evening was opened as always by our MC Declan McLoughlin who started of fin flying form, continued throught he evening of alternately praising and welcoming and then insulting Quincy Lehr!! Though, I have to say, his counting is much improved and he did not miss one number for the evening – so maybe it was something to do with Cassidys . . . Only time will tell. Anyhoo, first to the mic to read was Oran Ryan, who read from the opening pages of his currently-being-edited novel One Inch Punch, bringing frost, cold feet and Christmas into the summary and sunny room! Steve Conway followed Oran, telling us of the girlfriend that should never have been, boiling oil and coffee and defending castle and self from onslaughts, Cahir Castle being the castle in this excerpt from Steve’s forthcoming book. After Steve, Susan Roe made her last Wednesday – and open mic – debut, reading from her completed work – introducing us to her character – lost in jungle, bloodied and with gun before making us wait till next month! After Susan, Phil Lynch took to the stage reading is a topical world cup poem, a poem called ‘Street Prayer’, a poem based on his experience of Belfast in 1970 and a poem called ‘Generation Game’ about grandfather, father and son. After Phil we heard from Ross Hattaway who continues with his mission to insult everyone, by reminding us that NZ qualified for the World Cup Finals and we didn’t. Then he announced this would be an all edit night as he tried out work from his up coming collection Pretending to be Dead and he read Aisling, Barrier –about groups with a particular interest in his tackle, Samuel Marsden; and series of tanka, Songs from the Battle of Normandy; continuing with his reading song lyrics vas a gift, read Jesus I Was Evil by New Zealand musician Darcy Clay.

After Ross, Bob Shakeshaft took the mic reading Dublin Throng; Among the Dreams , Remains of a Day remembering children swinging on lampposts in an older Dublin, with a bit of singing in there too!! As a gift he read work by a fellow member of the Ardgillan Writers Group, On Peace.

After Bob, Sandra Harris made her Last Wednesday Debut, where things got blown, including chunks, but in an artistic way , with tempered lines and some rhyme!! After Sandra Eamonn Lynskey read from And Suddenly the Sun Again (and yes it was sunny outside), about the haunting place that is Dachau; and also, in anticipation of his next book, read a new poem – What People Say. Apparently if Eamonn asks for a little favour . . . After Eamonn, came Quincy R Lehr. He read his 2009 sonnet and about an experience at a really bad arthouse French movie. He then told us of his pact with Ross involving blood where he agreed to read a song lyric and read Stuart – from the Dead Milkmen, which involved,landing strips for gay martians! Quincy dedicated the song to Oran Ryan, which is a long story, but suffice to say that Oran is not like the other writers in the slush pile! After Quincy we heard from Helen Dempsey who read Holiday from Poetry, inspired by a friend telling her he was taking a holiday from poetry, Semi Detatched from a series of poems based on windows and a bird poem Swift. After Helen Patrick Chapman made a welcome return to Seven Towers events reading work from his new collection out in September The Darwin VampiresGolden Age of Aviation with flight nostalgia and cigarettes nostalgia (also published in Census)’; the title poem The Darwin Vampires which was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize and a poem about a dream he used to have as a child Gloria Mundi. After Patrick, was Damian Kennerk, also back after a long break; who read about a friend who died at 15 from cancer, Jobless written when he was unemployed, Schooldays – St. Fintan’s and Darfur – written for a gig in aid of situation in Darfur. After Damian Anne Tannam picked up the theme thread of nostalgia reading about the dress in the back of the wardrobe, and Jeremy – her father, carried with her in memory; Memories, with post excavation analysis and a little guess work, and also Paradise Lost and Found. After Anne it was the turn of Karl Parkinson with Mushrooms, Fishin’ picking up an earlier thread of vomit!! (Yeh I know Uuuuggghh). He finished with a tribute to artists and writers through the ages, the good, the bad and the leaps forward in contribution, but the memory left. Eileen Keane followed Karl, and is back teasing us again, and this time rubbing it in with a story called Waiting about a B&B land lady and number 4 What was the first line on the letter – and what is the story with number 4? A whole month before we can find out! After Eileen Eoin Hegarty returned to nostalgia, with Time and Again about memories from the smell of rain, A Prism Song and Fairytales in the Botanic Gardens. Christodoulos Markaris followed Eoin to the mic making his debut at last Wednesday and reading about Donna Immobile – as described to him by a friend all things to all men, travelling around the world, and also took us on a round the world travel, keeping kind of world cup topical! Christodoulos is the Irish regional editor of Succour Magazine and also runs open mic events in Balbriggan, including one which was on the beach near Balbriggan. More details at http://yesbutisitpoetry.blogspot.com . After Christodoulos, the evening was ended with Melissa Petrarkis visiting Ireland, and Last Wednesday. She read A Small Scale War about her mother’s battle with cancer and also a gift from an Australian writer.

And this occurring at the very very end of the month, and ending close to midnight – can’t get closer to the end of the month than that (!) brings us straight into July.

Meanwhile, across the pond, we are thrilled to note that Chris Binchy best selling Irish author was the guest at the Last Wednesday event in Rocky Sullivan’s, Red Hook in Brooklyn.

2. NEWS:

News, of course, is the upcoming launch of Huncke by Rick Mullin, the change of venue for Last Wednesday in Dublin and Steve Conway being a slut!!

June was the arrival fresh from the presses of the beautiful Huncke a book length poem by Rick Mullin with work from artist Paul Weingarten. This will be launched in Manhattan in July (see below for more details) and we look forward to Rick’s return to Dublin for a launch celebration here, to be announced.

The Last Wednesday Series will be in the upstairs room in Chaplins Bar in Hawkins St for the foreseeable future, and we are working on bribing the bronze usher in the square outside the Screen Cinema to direct people our way if they have any difficulty locating us. Upstairs is a nice intimate setting, complete with open fireplace (maybe for the winter?) So do come and visit us in our new home!

And as for Steve Conway – our intrepid author, journalist, adventurer, and broadcaster, now can be heard in Dublin (and on the internet) on Phantom 105.2FM, in the UK and internationally on Sky channel 0199 on Radio Caroline (online at www.radiocaroline.com) and in Holland, the UK and Tenerife on Radio Seagull (on line on www.radioseagull.com) He is on Seagull on Saturday, Phantom on Sunday and Caroline on Monday. More details shortly on www.seventowers.ie.

And of course we are continuing with our 1000 Book Challenge. This is a challenge we have set ourselves and you in support of independent publishing in general – and this independent publishing house specifically. Many independent publishing houses publish, as we do, books that can be only described as necessary, usually poetry, short stories and literary fiction. First runs can be relatively small and overheads are usually kept to a minimum so money is spent mostly on producing the books. Most small independent publishing houses can sustain future publications by selling a few thousand books a year, and to highlight this, we have initiated this 1000 Book Challenge to see how long it will take us to sell 1000 books. And, in order to thank you for your help in participating in this challenge, we are offering reduced rates to all who buy book directly from Seven Towers – at any of our non-store events, from our website or by contacting us on 1000bookchallenge@seventowers.ie. The offer prices are listed with the books at the end of this mail.

AND REMEMBER – for every 1000 Books we sell we can publish 2-3 more titles, and all future titles will be 1000 Book challenge titles.

For the rest of the year the 1000 book Challenge will be coming to a place near you – and will be coming to Chapters Bookstore in Parnell St, so keep watching!!

And – As Always –

From the Last Wednesday in April 2009, The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike will run simultaneously Chaplin’s Bar, Hawkins St, Dublin 2 and Rocky Sullivan’s, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York City on the last Wednesday of every month. We believe this exciting event will help to establish an ongoing sharing and twinning relationship between the vibrant writing scenes in both communities and also provide an established space in Dublin for writers visiting from America and in New York for Irish writers visiting there. We would like to thank Fáilte Ireland for their help and encouragement in this venture.

Details are available at www.seventowers.ie

Any visiting writers wishing to attend and/or writers wishing to publicise their books at either event can contact Seven Towers at lastwednesday@seventowers.ie in advance of the event and their details will be circulated with event publicity notices.

Each venue, Chaplins Bar and Rocky Sullivan’s give their space free of charge to this event, so we encourage you to support them. There is a full bar, including soft drinks and tea/coffee available and Rocky Sullivan’s also have great pizzas! We encourage all patrons to drink sensibly.

2. EVENTS

So, we have admitted a little cheat in including our first October event as though it had been September, but we know we’ll be forgiven when you see the October events.

Wednesday 7th July: Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading 1.15 Chapters Bookstore Eileen Keane and Anne Morgan http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=412 ]

Thursday July 8th Nightingale Lounge Manhattan Launch of Huncke by Rick Mullin, with artwork by Paul Weingarten http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=193&Itemid=27

Thursday 15h July Chapters and Verse Reading 6.30pm Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 reading with on the theme ‘Animals’ with Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eileen Keane Eamonn Lynskey, Karl Parkinson, Raven, Oran Ryan, Bob Shakeshaft http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=413

Wednesday 21 July: Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading 1.15 Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 Pauline Fayne, Alma Brayden http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=414

Wednesday 28th July Last Wednesday Series DUBLIN Reading and Open Mic 7.30pm in Chaplins Bar, Hawkins St, Dublin 2

Wednesday 28th July Last Wednesday Series BROOKLYN Reading and Open Mic 7pm in Rocky Sullivan’s Red Hook Brooklyn with Lisa McLaughlin

4. Other Events and Info to Note

Tongue Box performance poetry event with Raven, with, Harry Moschops and Angie McLaughlin. Always a wonderful event, with jazz, blues, poetry, atmosphere! – Cobblestone in Smithfield last Tuesday of each month

And Glóir Sessions every Monday night at 9pm in the International Bar in Dublin; and Mike Igoe’s open mic event in Feile every Second Wednesday.

The Caca Milis cabaret in Wexford www.cacamilis.org

Also don’t forget about other events around the country – www.whitehousepoets.ie Limerick; www.obheal.ie, Cork; overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com, Galway.

Boyne Writer Group open mic in Trim

5. LOOKING FORWARD

Advance Notice for:

Themed reading ‘Coming Home in August.

Upcoming releases –

2010

Grace Notes by Greagoir O Duill

2011

Pretending to be Dead by Ross Hattaway, with artwork by Paul Hattaway

Obscure Classics in English Progressive Rock

Other Publications News:

General submissions for Census The Third Seven Towers Anthology are now open.

All you need to do is read at a Seven Towers event to be eligible to submit your work for consideration.

Submissions are open until September 2010, when decisions will be given.

Please note that submissions will be accepted by email and should be mailed to submissions@seventowers.ie with ‘Census Submission’ in the subject field.

And remember to support Irish publishing and writing – Buy an Irish Book today!!

Remember that all of our publications depend on the success of the 1000 Book challenge and for every 1000 books we sell we can publish 2 – 3 further titles!

6. BOOKS:

Census, The First Seven Towers Anthology is available for sale and €1 from each book will be donated to AWARE.  Submissions to 2nd Census will be accepted from Open mic in March 2009.

The Origami Crow, Journey into Japan. World Cup Summer 2002 by Eamon Carr

"I can’t praise it enough” John Waters
"It’s a gem" Stuart Clarke, Hot Press
"witty and very readable." Eugene Masterson, The Sunday World

Across the Grid of Streets by Quincy R Lehr

"intellectually rigorous and displaying a serious engagement with poetic form" Michael O’Loughlin
"a wonderfully strong and powerful collection." John W Sexton
"One of the finest poets I have had the pleasure of knowing". Liam Aungier
"[Quincy’s] long, busy poems demonstrate much energy and narrative talent."
Fiona Sampson, The Irish Times.
" the poems display Lehr’s unflinching intelligence and sharp-edged wit". David Yezzi

Scattering Day: 21 Sonnets and Other Poems by Noel Ó Briain.

"We are lucky today to have such a collection of work at our disposal" Gerard Mannix Flynn

The Death of Finn by Oran Ryan

"Oran is a new and powerful voice in Irish literature . . .the fine detail of the writing, and the clarity and simplicity of expression and phraseology . . . a serious and entertaining and perceptive novel of relationships and ideas and a book which will hold readers enthralled and awakened as they journey through it". Seamus Cashman
"Ryan brings a self-assured tone to this his debut novel"
Sunday Tribune
"The Death of Finn succeeds well as a study of the search for faith and the inner workings of monasticism as seen from the Irish Catholic viewpoint, while also addressing the question of honesty with self and with others" Book View Ireland, Irish Emigrant (www.emigrant.ie).

Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger by Oran Ryan

“a stimulating, enjoyable and challenging novel that made me chuckle with its wry Beckett-like humour.” Frank Kelly

The Gentle Art of Rotting by Ross Hattaway

"An exciting new collection of poetry" Sunday Independent

Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline

By Steve Conway (Liberties Press 2009) €12.99

Gareth O’Callaghan, also a former Caroline DJ praises Steve’s “wonderful ability to tell stories and create pictures” and said “no movie script can ever better or overshadow the story that you tell so finely and so passionately”.

“he writes with a contagious sense of wonderment . . . reads like the radio obsessive version of Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch”,

The Bell By Ray Pospisil

Stark and haunting first collection by the late New York poet.

Old Men Forget by Doog Wood

Disturbing humorous, poignant and definitely unique first collection by North Carolina poet Doog Wood.

Living Streets Anthology of the Ranelagh Arts Festival

A collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art works from the annual Ranelagh Arts festival

1000 Book Challenge Prices:

Books bought directly from the Publisher only

Across the Grid of Streets by Quincy R Lehr PB €9.99 (RRP €14.99), HB €14.99, RRP €19.99

Highly acclaimed first collection by New York based Oklahoman poet, Quincy R Lehr.

The Bell by Ray Pospisil PB €9.99 (RRP €12.99)

Posthumous first collection from New York poet and journalist.

Census, The First Seven Towers Anthology PB €10.99 (RRP €14.99)

Anthology drawn from work read at Seven Towers spoken word events.

The Death Of Finn by Oran Ryan PB €5.99 (RRP 9.99) HB €12.99 (RRP €19.95)

Debut novel by Dublin novelist, playwright and screen writer, tells of love life and death in a fictional religious order.

The Gentle Art of Rotting by Ross Hattaway PB €9.99 (RRP €14.99) HB €14.99 (RRP €19.99)

First collection of High Country poetry by New Zealand born Irish poet, Ross Hattaway.

Living Streets Anthology of the Ranelagh Arts Festival €12.99

Old Men Forget by Doog Wood PB €9.99 (RRP €12.99)

Debut collection from North Carolina poet and classicist

The Origami Crow, Journey Into Japan, World Cup Summer 2002 by Eamon Carr €9.99 (RRP €14.99) HB €14.99 (RRP €19.99)

First book by Meath poet, musician, journalist and broadcaster.

Scattering Day, 21 Sonnets and Other Poems by Noel Ó Briain PB €9.99 (RRP €14.99) HB €14.99 (RRP €19.99)

Debut Collection by Wexford based producer, director, actor and poet.

Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger by Oran Ryan PB €5.99 (RRP 9.99) HB €12.99 (RRP €19.95)

Critically acclaimed second novel by Dublin novelist, playwright and screenwriter.