Seven Towers March 2010


UPDATE:

A first order of business, as soon as I get a chance will be to find out who it is who organises these months, and to have a serious sit down conversation with whomever it is. Take February, for instance; there you are ambling along, Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic is on the 24th of the month so you think there was loads of time between then and the newsletter, and then, before you know it, suddenly the month is over and here I am – frantically trying to get this done for the start of the new month. Something has to be done about it!

Anyway, enough ranting, let’s get going!

February started with fanfare with a lunchtime reading from the always entertaining, usually wry and frequently hilarious duo of Eamonn Lynskey and Ross Hattaway in Chapters Bookstore on 3rd February. Eamonn ended his part of the reading with his gift poem, which was one of Ross’ poems, so Ross commenced his part of the reading flattered and flustered! Fun, great performance and rich words all around as usual, enhanced by the camaraderie of mutual respect.

This was followed by our annual Valentine’s celebration with the Love and Chocolate Themed Reading in Chapters on the 11th February, though I have to say there was more love than chocolate this year! There was an emphasis on love and loss in readings from Pauline Fayne, Anne Morgan, Bernie O’Reilly; Bob Shakeshaft rode the love gauntlet from first flush to breakup; Ross Hattaway had his own version of flowering of love, and recommended that Valentine’s be changed for future reference until later in the year; Ross’ gift poem was Late Victorian Girl from the New Zealand poet Bill Manhire and may have been a love poem! Oran Ryan told of the love between a horse and her master reading Rocinante’s dialogue with Dead Corpse from the longer version of Don Quixote has Been Promoted and Eileen Keane came to the rescue of chocolate – and chocolate came to the rescue of love – in her story specially written for the occasion and entitled Love and Chocolate.

After this came a trip to Stephen James Smith’s Glóir Sessions in the International Bar on the 15th February where Ross Hattaway was one of the featured artists. A mixture of music and poetry styles were strung together by the Stephen’s MCing for a full and enjoyable night all round, with audience and performers travelling from far and wide. Other features included The Poetry Divas and the feature part of the evening is followed by an open mic.

The next lunchtime reading saw Eamonn Lynskey back behind the mic – having just recovered from a trip to hospital. Our delight at his recovery was enhanced by his wry poetic discourses on his experience – in a place where the thought the nurses are all Nightingales, the farewells are always sweetest. (Not that Eamonn would put it in such a twee manner, I just couldn’t resist!). Eamonn was joined in this reading by Orla Martin who introduced us to the need for Whale poems and reiterated her intention to be fabulous when she grows up. We think she’s already fabulous – and anyway everyone knows that growing up is over-rated!

After this it was off to what used to be but is now called Tongue Box. And as always fun, intense and intriguing line up, and featuring multiple talents including Raven and the singer-songwriting talents of Angie McLoughlin, whose voice on the 23rd April stole the evening.

Tongue Box is on the last Tuesday of the month, so that can only be followed by one thing – The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic. And the dreadful weather conditions outside and a temporary heating fault inside did nothing to freeze or dampen the spirits of these hardy literary stalwarts! Proceedings for the evening were opened, as always in a timely and ordered manner by MC Declan McLoughin who we know is always timely and orderly as he wears a tie! However, this month, he disappointed attendees by reneging on his January Valentine’s promise of hugs and kisses – pleading a cold. Whatever the Valentine’s equivalent to ‘Bah! Humbug’ is, insert it here ________.

The first reader of the evening was Ann Tanhem who read prose this evening – a Valentine to Dublin, and brought back memories for me of cycling up and down the Crumlin Road (up is harder!) among other delights; Ann was followed to the mic by Helen Dempsey who read a poem called In Memory of Ann Lovett who died tragically on 31/01/1984 and who then continued with the Valentine’s theme with her moving Valentine’s Day 2010. Helen was followed by Eoin Hegarty who read some poems on a theme we hadn’t thought of – Insects! – reading odes to bees, mosquito nets and gifting Walt Whitman’s poem about the patient spider. He the picked up from Ann’s cycling theme in his two travelling poems. After Eoin Jim Rooney read about his father’s touch, the cage of life and continued the Valentine’s theme with a love poem about his character Molly the Octogenarian lady who negotiates! Xenophon followed Jim to the mic, with an anecdote where a snake was the star, and a suggestion for when the canary sings!

After Xenophon, Steve Conway went to the mic, with half his life flashing before him. The 24th February 2010 was exactly 23 years from the 24th February 1987. the day he first became the news reader on Radio Caroline. And, apparently the 23rd birthday of Steve Conway, as in keeping with Caroline tradition, he changed his name on the ship. So he has a secret identity . . . hmmmm . . . more on whether there is a cape later, perhaps! Steve read the pertinent piece from Shiprocked of course, telling us how he sucked, how life sucked, how other things kinda sucked, but the bed was great!! Just like any other first day!

After Steve newcomer to the open mic Alan Maguire read about his terrifying trip to Bangalore, with more life flashing before eyes, in what the next reader Eamonn Lynskey described as Steve Conway with fear. Alan was homesick in his sleep, and discovered that extreme sport practitioners don’t die, they retire to even greater extremes on the roads of India!

As I said, Eamonn Lynskey followed Alan at the mic. He continued his word war with Ross paring down words to produce can-tanka-rous (and hilarious) haiku, as well as poems about war photography, a Blitz memorial walk around London, and hospital and what guardian angels do when waiting! After Eamonn Anne Morgan read about the cleansing and healing power of water and an ode to Elizabeth Barrett Browning in recognition of upcoming International Women’s Day. After Ann, Ash Fox came to the mic performing Winter Blues and mixing Valentine and anti-Valentine sentiment in Tone of Love and Synergy. Ross Hattaway followed Ash, with a new title for his forth coming collection (could he be trying to bully his publisher? Never!). This one is Songs of Mild Irritation, though that’s probably changed by now too. He read his election manifesto for the prose party – who are ‘Tough on rhyme, and the causes of rhyme’ as well as the possibly Valentine’s related Barrier – thought the new poem ‘The Must, may be more Valentine’s appropriate, at least for elephants! There was also a colour riddle – thrown in. His gift was the Go Between’s song ‘Spring Rain’. Ross was followed by Bernie O’Reilly who read for her aunt who died as a teenager in the 1930s, but continued to remain a presence down the generations, as well as two poems remembering her mother, and also about unsung heroes and ways of communicating in ‘He Asked’.

Bon Shakeshaft was next, whispering into the mic, as he braved a cold and sore throat and used what little was left of his voice to perform his work! He sustained and read about recognition, fear in a dream and a re-worked version of Village past, He also gifted us with a chillingly read Samuel Beckett piece.

Ines Dillon was next to the mic and picked up once again on he Valentine’s theme with her humorous and romantic take on the day; though it is the 8th day and not Valentine’s that was her favourite day; she finished up with a short poem on Death – that got lots of laughs. Eileen Keane read the next, and final instalment of her ‘anti-story’ from the previous month, with input from the male narrator, who either doesn’t car enough – or doth protest too much (Hmmmm?!) . Eileen was followed by Karl Parkinson who read a poem about his father’s final hours, ‘The Tear’, and about his class in school, which he shared with Mr Lovely, Roger the Rabbit, and a secret love for poetry – which is not so secret now! He also read his Valentine’s poem, Love is like a Butterfly – and insisted on his hug from Declan- though I missed it with my camera! Damn!! Oran Ryan read after Karl and read a number of poems – quoting Joe the Astronaut, passing time in Buffalo, and dialoguing with Mr Hyde (or is that Dr Jekyll?). The evening was then rounded off by Delta O’Hara who stepped into the shoes of the various people in her office, with her performance piece about working on the phone sex line, that managed to be both hilarious and sad!

All in all a really enjoyable night!.

NEWS:

And in this month Steve Conway’s Shiprockedmuch like the ship in question, remained firmly anchored in the tides of book sales – as it spent most of the month in the top 5 of his category on Amazon – no running aground for this book! And Steve will be reading from the book in the UK and fundraising for the RNLI at the end of the month – see below in events.

And 2010 will also see the publication of Steve Conway’s second book (currently a bit of a secret – but not about Radio Caroline (the sequel will be later), though following one’s dreams, and/or making them, could be in there!) And lots and lots of other things on line – though kind of secret and to be revealed as the year goes on.

But – to give you a hint – his ‘missing bits’ may play a part! Intrigued? Well watch this space!

And of course lots of other books to look forward to for 2010 – and 2011! Hotly anticipated publications of 2010 are And Suddenly the Sun Again by Eamonn Lynskey the debut poetry collection of Alma Brayden, R Nemo Hill’s A Gumbo Abandoned, Rick Mullin’s Huncke and Greagoir O Duill’s Gracenotes. And of course Census 3 which will be open for submissions from March 2010.

And remember – all of these publications will be 1000 Book challenge Publications, so by buying a Seven Towers Book today you can all make a significant contribution to the publication of new work in 2010.

And two big news stories for March – our collaboration with READ IRELAND is up and running, so you can buy out books there now by clicking on the link on our website – and supporting us and this great independent bookseller.

And, while we’re at it with sales news, look out for our anywhere and everywhere, and coming to a site near you sales guy Ruairi Conneely who will be bringing Seven Towers’ Books to you!

And Chapters Bookstore Parnell St, who will be selling our Irish published and printed books all through the St Patrick’s celebrations and beyond.

We are also excited to announce that singer, performer, poet, filmmaker Raven has joined our ranks. Hailing from San Francisco, Raven has now settled in Dublin and we will see him performing, recording and publishing in the near future. Welcome to the nest Raven!

AND – World Book Day – see below about our exciting participation there

We are also delighted to announce an addition to our website for 2010 – enabling our friends in the art world to add their events to our calendar. Events will be put in as friend’s events and once confirmed by our webmaster will be seen on our website

Instructions below:

1.      On the Bottom Left hand column of the Seven Towers web Page (www.seventowers,ie) is a small calendar icon. Underneath the icon there is a link which says “post new event” Click it.

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3.  Input a brief description of the event at the “event Details – whether it is an open mic or a reading   And in the larger text box underneath give a description of the even in greater detail and the names and bios of the readers if needed

4.  Select the category “Open Mic/Reading run by Colleagues “  – it is the last category on the colours and it is Brown in colour.

5 choose the date ( i.e.  18 jan 20 10 ) and the time ( i.e.  08 00 pm  and the length of time (  i. e. 0 Days 2 hours 30 mins ) the event is due to last. Please do not select repeat event.

6   When you are done inputting at the bottom select ADD EVENT button. If you have inputted the fields correctly you will be told the event has been accepted and needs approval by the administrator. Don’t worry, the event should be up on the web page within  the hour depending on  web traffic. Thanks !

And a sneak preview of 2011 – this will see new work from Oran Ryan, Ross Hattaway, Quincy R Lehr, Ray Pospisil – in a Second Coming for many of our writers!!

And of course, the great open mic adventure continues:

Since the Last Wednesday in April 2009, The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike will run simultaneously in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland 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 scene 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, Cassidy’s 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 dinks and tea/coffee available and each venue also have good food menus. We encourage all patrons to drink sensibly.

EVENTS:

Wednesday 3rd March Chapters and Verse Lunchtime reading sees

the return to the lunchtime readings with Clair Ni Aonghusa, Pauline Fayne and Greagoir O’Duill reading at 1.15 in Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1.

Cláir Ní Aonghusa was born, reared and educated in Dublin and is a member of the St Stephen’s Green Writers’ group. Her short stories have been published widely. She has a degree in English and Irish, is an award-winning poet and short story writer and has twice been short-listed for the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Emerging Fiction Writer Award. Her first novel, Four Houses and a Marriage, was published by Poolbeg in 1997 and her second novel Civil and Strange was published in the USA by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2008. Penguin Ireland published the UK edition of Civil and Strange in 2009. She lives in Dublin.

Pauline Fayne was born in 1954 and lives in Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Her first collection Journey was published in 1979 by Sheveck Press. Her second collection Killer of Fishes was published by Stonebridge Publications in 2001. A third collection I’m Fine, Really was published by Stonebridge Publications in October 2005. Her fourth collection Mowing in the Dark will be published by Stonebridge in 2010. Pauline’s work has been included in several anthologies, including: The White Page (edited by Joan Mc Breen and published by Salmon Press); Four Urban Voices (edited by Dermot Bolger and published by Raven Arts Press); Rainbows and Stone (edited by Michael Bouchier and published by Real Ireland). Her work has also been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4.

Greagoir Ó Duill was born in Dublin and grew up outside Belfast. He has published nine collections of poetry, two anthologies, a critical biography and a collection of short stories, and he has taken prizes in poetry, short fiction and criticism. He writes in both Irish and English and his w work is widely anthologised and has been translated into the major European languages – most recently with a full-length collection of versions of his Irish poems in English by Bernie Kenny called Gone to Earth. He has read from Cork to Stornoway to Palermo to New York. His own most recent collection New Room Windows (Doghouse, 2008) is in English and a new collection Gracenotes will be published by Seven Towers in autumn 2010

Thursday 4th March will see WORLD BOOK DAY with copies of Seven Towers books left in various places around the City as part of the BookCrossing promotion (www.bookcrossing.com) : Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger by Oran Ryan will be released to the wild on that day at Bagel Bar in Poolbeg St and the Central Library in the ILAC Centre (BCID: 724-7834743); Old Men Forget by Doog Wood will be released onto the wild in Connolly Station and Pearse St Public Library (BCID: 363-7836238); The Gentle Art of Rotting by Ross Hattaway will be released into the wild in the Canteen at the Department of Health and Children in Hawkins St and at Heuston Station (BCID: 963-7836246); The Death of Finn by Oran Ryan will be released into the wild in Dell in Cherrywood and in the AIB in Grafton St (BCID: 725-7836251); Living Streets, Anthology of the Ranelagh Arts Festival will be released into the wild on a LUAS from St Stephen’s Green and in the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre (BCID: 929-7836258); Census, The First Seven Towers Anthology will be released into the wild in Dublin Airport and in Busarus in Dublin (BCID: 667-7836317); Across the Grid of Streets by Quincy R Lehr will be released into the wild in Busarus in Dublin and on a LUAS leaving Connolly Station (BCID: 978-7836345); The Bell by Ray Pospisil will be released into the wild on a Meath Bound Bus Eireann Bus and on a Northbound DART leaving Tara St Station (BCID: 115-7836352); The Origami Crow, Journey Into Japan, World Cup Summer 2002 will be released into the wild on a LUAS heading towards the Point Depot and in the restaurant at Newbridge Silverware in Newbridge, Co Kildare (BCID: 879-7836364); Scattering Day, 21 Sonnets and Other Poems by Noel O Briain will be released into the wild at the Abbey Theatre and in the IFI in Temple Bar (BCID: 102-7836376­); Census, The Second Seven Towers Anthology will be released into the wild in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St and the Gresham Hotel (BCID: 902-7836382); Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline by Steve Conway (Liberties Press 2009) will be released into the wild on the Cill Airne Pub Ship and in Howth (BCID: 588-7836407); and the Little Tower Pocket Books Eamonn Mac Gearalt, The Forgotten Bard (BCID: 021-7836422), William Montgomery’s Guide to New York by Quincy R Lehr (BCID: 792-7836427), Arthur’s Primer by Oran Ryan (BCID: 323-7836432), Selections from “Giovanni Seipi at Home” by Joe Finn OHF by Oran Ryan (BCID: 473-7836443) will all be randomly released into the wild in Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St.

Tuesday 9th March 7pm sees Steve Conway reading from and signing copies of Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline and fundraising in Baldoyle Public Library.

Steve Conway is an Irish broadcaster and writer, formerly of the offshore pirate station Radio Caroline and most recently a presenter on the Dublin rock station Phantom105.2. He started his radio career on a small London rock music pirate, South East Sound before moving to Radio Caroline in 1987, where he rose to the positions of Head of News and Programme Controller. In 1991 he was one of the final crew members rescued from the Caroline ship Ross Revenge when it ran aground on the Goodwin Sands. His memoir about his time on Radio Caroline, Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline was published by Liberties Press in March 2009, to both popular and critical acclaim. He is currently working on his second book which combines a memoir from a different aspect of his life with an invitation for others to make their own memories.

Wednesday 10th March 7pm sees Ross Hattaway, Eamonn Lynskey, Seamus Cashman and Anamaria Crowe Serrano reading in the Library at DIT Kevin St with Brendan Devlin.

Ross Hattaway was born in New Zealand and has lived in Ireland since 1990. He has published poetry in periodicals and collections, including Writings (Wellington), Life Beyond the Louvres (Northern Territory Anthology), Poetry Australia and The Raintown Review’. His readings include the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series, Anna Livia FM, Between the Lines (Belfast), Chapter and Verse, the Last Wednesday Series, Ó Bhéal and The White House Poets. His first collection of poetry, The Gentle Art of Rotting, was published by Seven Towers in 2006 and he is currently working on his second collection due out in 2011. In 2008 Ross was a guest at the Poetry Spring Festival in Lithuania, becoming the first Irish poet to guest at that festival. Part of The Gentle Art of Rotting was translated into Lithuanian and published as part of the festival celebration. Also in 2008, Ross was a guest of the Live Poet’s Society in Sydney. In 2009 Ross was a guest reader at the Saturn Sessions in New York.

Éamonn Lynskey has had poems published in many magazines. He was nominated for the Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Poetry in 2006 and one of his poems featured on the 2009 OXFAM calendar. His first collection Dispatches and Recollections was published in 1998 and 1.His second collection And Suddenly the Sun Again will be published in 2010. Éamonn, who holds a Diploma in Italian Language and Culture, has also translated the works of modern Italian poets into English. He is also a long time contributor to the open mic scene in Dublin.

Seamus Cashman comes from Conna in County Cork. He founded Wolfhound Press, the leading Irish literary and cultural publishing house, in Dublin in 1974, and was

publisher there until 2001. He had two well received poetry collections published, Carnival (Monarchline, 1988) and Clowns & Acrobats (Wolfhound Press, 2000) and his third

collection, That Morning will Come: New and Selected Poems was published by Salmon.

Anamaría Crowe Serrano is Irish and lives in Dublin with her family. She has worked at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin, and is currently a freelance translator and teacher of Spanish language. She has published several translations of poetry including Valerio Magrelli’s Instructions on How to Read a Newspaper (Chelsea Editions, 2008). Other work includes a collection of short stories, Dall’altra parte (Leconte, Rome, 2003), a one-act play, The Interpreter (Delta3 Edizioni, 2003), and a collection of poems, Paso Doble, (Empiria, Rome, 2006) written as a poetic dialogue with the Italian poet Annamaria Ferramosca. Her first full length collection of poetry, Femispheres, was published by Shearsman, UK, in March 2008.

Brendan Devlin works in the Library in DIT Kevin St where he has arranged and taken part in a number of poetry readings.

Thursday 11th March,: 6.30pm, sees our regular themed reading in Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 on the theme of STARS! Those reading from their work about STARS will be broadcaster and writer Steve Conway, Dublin poet and translator Anamaria Crowe Serrano, New Zealand born poet Ross Hattaway, Kildare novelist and short story writer Eileen Keane, Dublin poet Eamonn Lynskey Dublin novelist, screenwriter and playwright Oran Ryan, North Dublin poet bob Shakeshaft.

Steve Conway is an Irish broadcaster and writer, formerly of the offshore pirate station Radio Caroline and most recently a presenter on the Dublin rock station Phantom105.2. He started his radio career on a small London rock music pirate, South East Sound before moving to Radio Caroline in 1987, where he rose to the positions of Head of News and Programme Controller. In 1991 he was one of the final crew members rescued from the Caroline ship Ross Revenge when it ran aground on the Goodwin Sands. His memoir about his time on Radio Caroline, Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline was published by Liberties Press in March 2009, to both popular and critical acclaim. He is currently working on his second book which combines a memoir from a different aspect of his life with an invitation for others to make their own memories.

Anamaría Crowe Serrano is Irish and lives in Dublin with her family. She has worked at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin, and is currently a freelance translator and teacher of Spanish language. She has published several translations of poetry including Valerio Magrelli’s Instructions on How to Read a Newspaper (Chelsea Editions, 2008). Other work includes a collection of short stories, Dall’altra parte (Leconte, Rome, 2003), a one-act play, The Interpreter (Delta3 Edizioni, 2003), and a collection of poems, Paso Doble, (Empiria, Rome, 2006) written as a poetic dialogue with the Italian poet Annamaria Ferramosca. Her first full length collection of poetry, Femispheres, was published by Shearsman, UK, in March 2008

Ross Hattaway was born in New Zealand and has lived in Ireland since 1990. He has published poetry in periodicals and collections, including Writings (Wellington), Life Beyond the Louvres (Northern Territory Anthology), Poetry Australia and The Raintown Review’. His readings include the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series, Anna Livia FM, Between the Lines (Belfast), Chapter and Verse, the Last Wednesday Series, Ó Bhéal and The White House Poets. His first collection of poetry, The Gentle Art of Rotting, was published by Seven Towers in 2006 and he is currently working on his second collection due out in 2011. In 2008 Ross was a guest at the Poetry Spring Festival in Lithuania, becoming the first Irish poet to guest at that festival. Part of The Gentle Art of Rotting was translated into Lithuanian and published as part of the festival celebration. Also in 2008, Ross was a guest of the Live Poet’s Society in Sydney. In 2009 Ross was a guest reader at the Saturn Sessions in New York.

Eileen Keane’s first short story won the Cecil Day Lewis fiction prize in 2004 and in 2007 her short story Tryst was one of 14 chosen through a competition on Seoige and O’Shea on RTE or an anthology called Do the Write Thing (Poolbeg Press). In 2008 she won first prize in the humorous essay competition at Listowel. In 2008, her story
The Cave was published in Census, the First Seven Towers Anthology. She is a visual artist, a member of K.A. (Kildare Artists), Clane Writer’s Group and a founder member of the Leinster Printmaking Studio at Clane, Co. Kildare and has just completed her first novel.
Éamonn Lynskey has had poems published in many magazines. He was nominated for the Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Poetry in 2006 and one of his poems featured on the 2009 OXFAM calendar. His first collection Dispatches and Recollections was published in 1998 and 1.His second collection And Suddenly the Sun Again will be published in 2010. Éamonn, who holds a Diploma in Italian Language and Culture has also translated the works of modern Italian poets into English. He is also a long time contributor to the open mic scene in Dublin.
Oran Ryan is a novelist, poet and playwright from Dublin. He has had poems, short stories and literary critical articles published in various magazines. His first two novels, The Death of Finn and Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger were published by Seven Towers in 2006.His play Don Quixote has Been Promoted featured in 2009
Ranelagh Arts Festival. Oran won a 2008 Arts Council Bursary Award for his current work in progress New Order from Zero.
Robert Shakeshaft was born in 1949. In 2004 he attended a creative writing course run by Skerries poet, Enda Coyle Green. At this event he wrote his first poem, called ‘February Field’. He has since written a number of poems, has performed at open mics in Inchicore, at the Inchicore Village Festival, and has had work published in the journal Riposte.

Sunday 14th March sees Ross Hattaway as the featured guest with Niamh Bagnell on Liffey Sound 4pm and podcast on http://sundayscrapbook.blogspot.com if you miss it,

Thursday 18th March sees Ross Hattaway and Oran Ryan featuring at the Trim Readings Run by the Boyne Writers Group, Reading and Open Mic in The Village Hall of the Knightsbridge Retirement Village, Longwood Road, 8pm
Ross Hattaway was born in New Zealand and has lived in Ireland since 1990. He has published poetry in periodicals and collections, including Writings (Wellington), Life Beyond the Louvres (Northern Territory Anthology), Poetry Australia and The Raintown Review’. His readings include the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series, Anna Livia FM, Between the Lines (Belfast), Chapter and Verse, the Last Wednesday Series, Ó Bhéal and TheWhite House Poets. His first collection of poetry, The Gentle Art of Rotting, was published by Seven Towers in 2006 and he is currently working on his second collection. In 2008 Ross was a guest at the Poetry Spring Festival in Lithuania, becoming the first Irish poet to guest at that festival. Part of The Gentle Art of Rotting was translated into Lithuanian and published as part of the festival celebration. Also in 2008, Ross was a guest of the Live Poet’s Society in Sydney. In 2009 Ross was a guest reader at the Saturn Sessions in New York.
Oran Ryan is a novelist, poet and playwright from Dublin. He has had poems, short stories and literary critical articles published in various magazines. His first two novels, The Death of Finn and Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger were published by Seven Towers in 2006.His play Don Quixote has Been Promoted featured in 2009 Ranelagh Arts Festival. Oran won a 2008 Arts Council Bursary Award for his current work in progress New Order from Zero.
The Boyne Readings and Open Mic sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month. Anyone who would like to read their own material at any of the sessions is very welcome.

Friday 19th March 1.15p, sees us making a slight deviation from our regular Wednesday lunchtime readings, in honour of St Patrick’s Day and temporarily turning Fridasy into Wednesday! This lunchtime reading will see Galway poets Celeste Auge and Orla Martin strutting their stuff behind the mic.

Celeste Augé is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Tornadoes for the Weathergirl (with the support of Galway County Council) in 2006, and Smoke and Skin (joint collection with Aoife Casby), which was published by Lapwing in Belfast, 2008. Her first full-length collection of poetry The Essential Guide to Flight has just been published by Salmon Poetry.
Orla Martin was born in Donegal but spent her formative years in Galway and graduated with a B.A. Degree in English and French from the National University of Ireland Galway. A. Currently based in Dublin, publications include N.U.I.G. magazine Alpha ’89, Cuirt Poetry Journal ’98, the women’s’ anthology of poetry Jumping the Bus Queue 2001 and the Cathal Bui 2001 anthology of poetry, The Cuirt Annual 2003, The Scriobh Poetry Anthology 2006 and The Stony Thursday book (no 5), Census, the Second Seven Towers Anthology. She has read as part of Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Her poetry has been highly commended at the South Tipperary Festival of Writing ’98, the Clogh Poetry Festival 2000 and Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2007 and also 2004 and Short-listed at Scriobh.

Sunday 21st March sees Steve Conway as the featured guest with Niamh Bagnell on Liffey Sound 4pm and podcast on http://sundayscrapbook.blogspot.com if you miss it,

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Saturday 27th March sees Steve Conway returning to the scene of his crime (and rescue, and arrest!) when he reads from Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline in a fundraising ebvent for the RNLI at Ramsgate Public Library at 3pm.

Sunday 28th March sees Steve Conway, Eamonn Lynskey, Donal Moloney read with Alice Lenkewicz at the Hammersmith Ram in King St Hammersmith at a reading event followed by an open mic from 6pm tp 8pm.

Artist and writer Alice Lenkiewicz lives and works in Liverpool.
Her books include a poetry collection, Men Hate Blondes (origional plus, 2009) and a novella, Maxine (Bluechrome Publishing, 2005).
Alice Lenkiewicz also publishes and edits Neon Highway, a poetry magazine that supports emerging and established poets.
Below, she talks about the series of events that led to Neon Highway:
http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2010/01/interview-alice-lenkiewicz.html
Further information.
Men Hate Blondes
http://www.poetryinthecity.co.uk/2009/10/alice-lenkiewicz-men-hate-blondes-poems-and-drawings/
http://www.openwidemagazine.co.uk/v2i2/bookreviews.htm
Steve Conway is a journalis, writer and radio DJ,. he is a former programme controller onteh Legendary Radio Caroline. Steve has written a best selling memoir – Shiprocked, Life on the
Waves with Radio Caroline – about the years he spent at sea with Radio Caroline on the Ross Revenge, and the dramatic end to this
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Éamonn Lynskey
has had poems published in many magazines. He was nominated for the Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Poetry in 2006 and one of his poems featured on the 2009 OXFAM calendar. His first collection Dispatches and Recollections was published in 1998 and 1.His second collection And Suddenly the Sun Again will be published in 2010. Éamonn, who holds a Diploma in Italian Language and Culture has also translated the works of modern Italian poets into English. He is also a long time contributor to the open mic scene in Dublin.
Dónal Moloney is a writer and translator from Waterford. The excerpt published here is a version of Chapter 4 of a novella called In The Balance, which he is currently completing. An alternate short story version of Chapter 1 of the novella received a commendation in the 2009 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. An excerpt from his short story The Mask appeared in Census: The First Seven Towers Anthology. He is a regular featured reader at both the Chapters and Verse Reading Series and the Last Wednesday Reading and Open Mic Series.
Seven Towers Agency is an independent, Not for profit literary agency, publishing company and eevnt organiser based in Dublin Ireland.
The Hammersmith Ram is a Youngs Pub at 81 King St in Hammersmith. Like all pubs hosting Seven Towers’ events – it has a great bar menu. it also has a great wine lists nad hosts many wonderful events fully supported by its innovative and enthusiastic manager Rory Murphy, and the great staff. it’s our favourite pub in London! more details about the Hammersmith Ram are available fon www.thehammersmithram.com

And on 31 March at 7.30pm is the Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic – in Cassidy’s Bar, Wedstmoreland St, Dublin and Rocky Sullivan’s, Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Dublin event will feature the usual suspects – some of whom are in the above blog and are reading at other February events as well as our celebrated MC Declan McLoughlin. We are delighted to have Jane Ormerod as our special guest at the Dublin event.

Jane Ormerod was born on the south coast of England and now lives in New York City. She is the author of Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), 11 Films (Modern Metrics, 2008), the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan, and is a founding editor at Uphook Press. She performs throughout the United States, from east to west coasts and everywhere inbetween.

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The New York event will feature a myriad of readers including Creighton Blinn, Oriane Stender, Robert Donohue, Mathew Aquilone, and Quincy R Lehr along with wonderful MC Lisa McLoughlin.

If you would like to read at the lunchtime reading or the evening themed reading or would like us to organise or participate in a reading near you please contact us at info@seventowers.ie.

We try to mix new voices with more established voices for readings and readers can be writers of poetry, fiction, drama or non-fiction, or performers of other, non-copyrighted (available for performance) work. Samples of work and a CV is available should be sent with the request, along with availability details. Also, if you have a publication coming out, as a publisher or a writer, please contact us to read alongside others to help publicise your publication.

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Keep an eye out for other events – including the Last Tuesday of each month RÁ performance poetry event with Raven, Harry Moschops and Angie McLaughlin Always a wonderful event, with jazz, blues, poetry, atmosphere! – Cobblestone in Smithfield

Gloir in the International Bar every Monday Night (www.stephenjamessmith.com)

And check out the White House Poets in Limerick ( www.whitehousepoets.blogspot.com ) and the Over the Edge readings in Galway (www.overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com ) and Ó Bheal in Cork (www.obheal.ie)

And 3rd March open mic in Johnsons Bar in Newbridge.

And Advance Notice for:

April –Orla Martin’s Winding Stair Open Mic on 9th April,

Launch of Alma Braydne’s debut collection and of And Suddenly the Sun Again by Eamonn Lynskey

And watch for the launch of :

A Gumbo Abandoned and The Long View by R Nemo Hill

These remarkable long poems by New York poet R Nemo Hill,

And Suddenly the Sun Again by Eamonn Lynskey

This exciting collection by Dublin poet Eamon Lynskey

New Collection by Alma Brayden

A first collection by Dublin poet and artist Alma Brayden

Huncke by Rick Mullin

This book length poem by New Jersey poet, painter and journalist, Rick Mullin

Other Publications News:

Seven Towers will be accepting submissions for Census, The Third Seven Towers Anthology from the 31st March 2010.

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.

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