September2010 Newsletter


CONTENTS:

1. UPDATE

2. NEWS

3. EVENTS

5. OTHER EVENTS AND INFO TO NOTE

4. LOOKING FORWARD

1. UPDATE:

So August was a nice month for Seven Towers, bringing the wonderful, hot, sunny summer we have had to a close.

The lunchtime reading opening the month with David Ray, Judy Ray and Raven of course snuck into the July newsletter, so this one begins with the reading the following day where Alma Brayden joined David Ray and Judy Ray in Deansgrange library for a wonderful well attended reading of their work – nice audience, nice library, nice staff and wonderful readers – what more could be asked for! David and Judy have headed back to Tucson, so we look forward to their return for more readings, as there will be more from Alma over the next few months. Our next reading was the following Thursday where we had a full house – of readers and audience for our themed reading – on the theme of ‘moonlight’ – pre-empting the recent beautiful harvest moon. Mooning around in chapters Bookstore on the night were Niamh Bagnell, Helen Dempsey, Pauline Fayne, Eileen Keane, Eamonn Lynskey, Bernie O’Reilly, Maeve O’Sullivan, Karl Parkinson, Raven, Oran Ryan and Bob Shakeshaft – and Eamonn Lynskey even managed to find a link between the moon and his day light book – And Suddenly the Sun Again!!.

This was followed by the next lunchtime reading on the 18th August which saw Alma Brayden reading with Tony Gilmore – an event hosted and mc’d by the multitalented Mr Lynskey. And as if this wasn’t enough, the same Mr Lynskey jetted off to London along with Steve Conway where they joined up with Graham Buchan and Yetibetty and a few others for a reading and open mic in our favourite London Pub the Hammersmith Ram. Unfortunately, we couldn’t all make the trip, so Eamonn has blogged it for us 9see multi-talented!!) at http://tvivf.wordpress.com/2010/08/ so check that out.

Eamonn remained in London on holidays, but Steve jetted back to read at our Last Wednesday Series on 25 August. And I have to say our resident roadie and sound man Oran Ryan surpassed himself tonight – plugging into the house sound system!  I think we could be heard, in perfect cadence all the way to Brooklyn! Declan opens telling people that it is not fight club so you can talk about it – but can’t beat up the writers if you don’t like!
Helen Dempsey was the first reader to the mic, reading from her series of poems about Windows and also about Jazz, about a tragic suicide bombing in Iraq and Coco – a tribute to Ms Chanel. Next up was Jim Rooney, who read about a dangerous Liaison in a November Dublin; about Mikey Byrne homeless in O’Connell St and about Morning and the difficulties getting out of bed! Bob Shakeshaft was next up with three sonnets – starting with ‘The Button Box’ about his mother’s button box – mine’s a tin but apparently his father made a nice wooden one for his mother. Also about winter mornings, and Silver Stream – where his mother used to bring him on picnics as a child. Always generous with the work of other new writers, Bob’s gift was from Frances one of the readers in the Ardgillan writers group – ‘I am from’.

After Declan had fun at the mic playing with the sound system – and calling in the writers – Oran Ryan read about ‘The Decline and Fall of Arthur Kruger’ who was blocked by his success in spite of his best attempts to fail.  And I would like to remind all readers that Oran is NOT Arthur Kruger.

Then there was a ‘Quick break for a word from our sponsors’ – a gentle reminder to support us by buying some books!
Sandra Harris was next – with a short story that is about to be published in Ireland’s Own!  About moving into the technological age and finding love at computer class – If You Can’t Beat ‘em!! (Although maybe I should have written that – f u cnt bt m!!)  Next Phil Lynch came to the mic with a nostalgic theme. – with ‘The Night of the Swallow’ – remembering a brief encounter from the past in a love poem; ‘Guernica’ after a visit to there a few years earlier; a short poem ‘Against the Wind’ and then a poem about a close friend who emigrated many years before. Next up was Edward Lee, making a welcome return to the Las Wednesday Series.  Edward’s collection is ‘Playing Pooh sticks on the Ha’penny Bridge’ and tonight he read some new work – ‘the in-between is nothing’; ‘Envy’ – which he’s fond of in spite of the clichés! Poem replying to someone who objected to a poem that he read – a poem answering an answer to a poem! He finished with ‘Ready for my close up’ – about an illicit dream of Nicole Kidman! He finished, fittingly with ‘Sleep’ – though it was about insomnia!

After Declan making an executive decision to give us an avalanche of readers he handed over to Steve Conway to start the avalanche, which he did – but somewhat unconventionally from a hot-air balloon – talking about his experience in an early morning hot air balloon in Bristol – with breasts and foreplay (you had to be there!)! Karl Parkinson was next to the mic reading new material – ‘Hard Man’, about an en-track suited ‘hard-man’ communing with his Budweiser bottle! Then ‘I have a dream’ – from some dead guy – so he can’t sue him – for the future – with poetry for headlines, sunshine and happy love affairs in soap operas! He finished with ‘Nothing more to say’ and ‘The Future of Irish Poetry’ – on not being a fake Irish rapper!
Next up was Martin Duffy, making his Last Wednesday debut, reading a piece that he wrote at the open mic – Captain Jack’s Conscript about a high functioning alcoholic between paydays. Anne Tanhem was next up fresh from her holidays with a poem about siblings – ‘Between Us’. And then we had George Sweetman making a return after last months debut with a sonnet.  And after Declan reminisced about older quieter notes, the next reader, also making a Last Wed debut, Padraig Nolan, with ‘Kinship’ – about his experience with his queuing comrades waiting on public transport! Then ‘Found Sunlight’ – about sunlight soap – and the Sunlight Yearbook from 1897! Then ‘Dispatches’ (from the war years), and ‘Spark’.

All of which brings us nicely into September and back to everything!!

  1. NEWS:

The big news for July is our signing of Texas-based poet Mike Alexander for publication in 2012. Mike Alexander was born in 1959 in New York City. He has worked in bookstores, banks, liquor stores, and corporate offices. He passed through a few New Jersey rock bands in the 1980s.  Since 1990, he produced a number of chapbooks, the most recent of which was We Internet in Different Voices (Modern Metrics). His poems have appeared in numerous print journals, from the likes of Abridged, Atlanta Review, Borderlands, Circumference, Heavenbone, and Iota, to Link, Measure, Newark Review, Other Poetry, Raintown Review, River Styx, and Texas Review. Online, he has participated in such sites as Barefoot Muse, Capriole, Chimera, Folly, MiPoesias, Now Culture, Scheherazade’s Behest, Shit Creek Review, and Worm; for more than ten years, he administrated “The Sonnet Board,” an on-line poetry workshop dedicated to the sonnet. His work has been anthologized in Mutabilis Press’ The Weight of Addition, & TimeSlice; Dos Gatos’ Texas Poetry Calendar; and in Open Poetry’s Hand Luggage Only. Alexander has presided over hundreds of readings, from Paterson, New Jersey, to Houston, Texas. He lives with his wife, the poet, K. A. Thomas.

And other news – is the event (see below) we are honoured to host to celebrate the publication of Frightening New Furniture by Kevin Higgins (Salmon 2010) and Dreams for Breakfast by Susan Millar Dumars.

And then of course there is the exciting news that Seven Towers writer Eileen Keane has been short listed for the Over the Edge 2010 New Writer of the Year. So congratulations Eileen!!

And of course, Huncke by Rick Mullin, remain news – with a number of US readings listed below – as does the change of venue for Last Wednesday in Dublin and Steve Conway continuing to be a slut!!

The Last Wednesday Series continues in the upstairs room in Chaplin’s 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, continues to 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.

The three books, , Huncke by Rick Mullin, And Suddenly the Sun Again by Eamonn Lynskey and Prism by Alma Brayden are part of the 1000 book challenge – which you can check out on www.seventowers.ie and on FaceBook, and below. They are, in fact the first 3 1000 Book Challenge books that we have published, and we look forward to selling these to enable us to publish the next three titles, which include work from Greagoir O Duill as well and new work from Quincy R Lehr and Ross Hattaway.

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 –

Since the Last Wednesday in April 2009, The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike is running 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.

3. EVENTS

Wednesday 1st September 2010 Chapters Bookstore, Pauline Fayne, Ross Hattaway and Eamonn Lynskey

http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=426

Thursday 9th September Chapters and Verse Reading 6.30pm Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 reading with on the theme ‘’Coming Home’ with Steve Conway, Helen Dempsey, Jarlath Gregory, Ross Hattaway, Eileen Keane, Eamonn Lynskey, Liz McSkeane, Karl Parkinson, Oran Ryan, Bob Shakeshaft

http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=422

Saturday September 11 Rick Mullin with Paul Weingarten, celebrating the publication of Huncke with a reading in Frenchtown NJ.  More details onthis to follow.

Wednesday 15th September: Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading 1.15 Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 Anamaria Crowe Serrano and Raven

http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=427

Wednesday 22 September 7pm Festival Gallery, Main Street, Lucan, Poetry & Prose at the Lucan Festival Art
Exhibition, Lucan Village, Douglas Newman Good building, 7.00pm , Wednesday
22nd Sept. featuring local writers and guests from the Seven Towers Agency,
Dublin. Admission free and all welcome. Come along and hear contemporary
writing from Lucan and elswhere.  Featured writers are Niamh Bagnell, Ross Hattaway, Eamonn Lynskey, David Mohan, Louise Phillips, Raven, Oran Ryan, Triona Walsh. 

http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=439

Saturday 25th September Chaplin’s Bar, Hawkins St, 5pm the Dublin launch of

Two marvellous collections of poetry Frightening New Furniture by Kevin Higgins and Dreams for Breakfast by Susan Millar Dumars Both published by salmon poetry 

Dowload the invitation here -à

www.seventowers.ie

Wednesday 29th September Last Wednesday Series DUBLIN Reading and Open Mic 7.30pm in Chaplins Bar, Hawkins St, Dublin 2 http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=429

Wednesday 29th September Last Wednesday Series BROOKLYN Reading and Open Mic 7pm in Rocky Sullivan’s Red Hook Brooklyn with Lisa McLaughlin

http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=428

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 ‘Spooks and Ghouls’ in October.

Charity event in aid of Cats Aid in November

Upcoming releases –

2010

Grace Notes by Greagoir O Duill

2011

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

Obscure Classics of 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.

Huncke by Rick Mullin

And Suddenly the Sun Again by Eamonn Lynskey

Prism by Alma Brayden

August Update from Seven Towers August 2010


CONTENTS:

1. UPDATE

2. NEWS

3. EVENTS

4. OTHER EVENTS AND INFO TO NOTE

5. LOOKING FORWARD

1. UPDATE

And it’s August, heading into harvest moons and . . . Didn’t that go so fast!

As usual, July started off with a lunchtime reading in Chapters Bookstore on the 7th. This time the month was opened by Eileen Keane and Anne Morgan – and the event was ably mc’d by Eamonn Lynskey. And, in the spirit of continuing enthusiasm, Eamonn was among the readers at the always wonderful open mic event in the Liffey Arms in Newbridge, run by the Clane Writers Group. Very warm and friendly event – not least due to the wonderful MC Rita. There were 19 readers in all who gathered with the listeners in the cosy lounge of the Liffey arms at this now regular event. Dominic Cogan was first to the mic, reading Haiku and prose – and wondering if we (or he) were having fun yet! After Dominic Una Ni Cheannagh (apologies for spelling, working phonetically!!!) made her debut at the reading and read about ‘Tintown’ in response to a documentary about Internment in the Curragh and also reading about the Burren and about the Disappeared. Una was followed by Lillian Webb who read a piece she had written about the last open mic event (!) and the work read – including hot air ballooning and caterpillar rescuing. After Lillian it was the turn of Kevin Corrigan who read a piece about a ‘Spirit Tree’ he had written for an assignment to write about something in nature. He also read about having a ‘man about the house’. After Kevin Debbie Thomas read a poem about surfaces- and how they hold us all together – and cover up stuff too!! Sure, as she said, where would we be without them! After Debbie our own Steve Conway took to the microphone, and read the introduction to his second book, currently a work in progress, mentioning the curse of the flat tyre and the magic of the lights of Mitchelstown! After Steve it was the turn of Eamonn Lynskey who read from his book, And Suddenly the Sun Again about true born Irishmen (including a bit of singing!!) and also a new poem about ‘What People Say’ (and then what they really mean – adapted with thanks to Mr Conway! Eamonn finished by thanking us for holding – also from the book. After Eamonn Niamh McSweeney told us about her experience about a lock-in in Tralee, and then about the not-so-surprise surprise party! And then it was the turn of Eileen Keane, with her micro-story about carrying and losing baggage! After Eileen, Oran Ryan read from Census, the Seven towers Anthology about alternative Christmas, and also a letter written from the Dead Zone from his novel Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger. After Oran, Margaret Roe read about the longest day of the year and the sacred (and men only) art of barbequing (unfortunately Ross Hattaway couldn’t be at the event – as I am sure he would have had a thing or two to say about that!! After Margaret Bob Shakeshaft took us from Adam’s soil to Old Rope, and, not to be out done by Eamonn, added in his own singing bit! Then Helen Dempsey read from Census 2 about life on the merry-go-round, then about the view of Lambay from her kitchen, and finally about this years experience of airport delays. Helen was followed at the mic by Paddy O’Byrne who read about waiting, and about the local area, and the experience of returning to hometown after a number of years, and what has changed and what hasn’t. Marie Gallagher then told us some secrets from a bank vault after which Sylvia Hickey told us about first light and children – as in watching the dawn when nursing the baby, and they watching the dawn when nursing fears over the young adult! Mae Leonard then told us about Arthur Guinness coming to dinner on a childhood Saturday and Patricia Phelan followed this with fun in the doctors surgery after which Martin Malone brought the evening to a close, assuring us that this time, Eliot really was dead!! A full day of literature and fun!

The next event for us was the following day although, due to an intervening body of water, we could listen with longing and attend in spirit – I refer, of course, to the launch of book length poem by Rick Mullin with work from artist Paul Weingarten in the Nightingale Lounge in Manhattan. The book was launched by George Witte of St Martin’s Press, and a link to George’s speech on the night can be found at http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=208&Itemid=71 .

And, if this wasn’t enough there was the always popular Animal Themed reading on the following Thursday (15th) in Chapters Book Store, which saw the return of Catherine Ann Cullen to the Chapters and verse readings – with the Badger and other animals! Other readers on the night included Eileen Keane, Eamonn Lynskey, Karl Parkinson (really Karl, how did the get the mule up to the 60somethings floor?),

Raven, Oran Ryan and Bob Shakeshaft.

Catherine Ann Cullen also featured at the final lunchtime reading of the month alongside Pauline Fayne in Chapters on the 21st.

Which brings us neatly to the end of the month and the Last Wednesday Series. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond control et al, the New York leg of the event had to be cancelled in July, but we had a full house in Chaplins Bar in Dublin – and rest assured, NYC s event will be back in full swing next month. Anyhoo, on this side of the pond, the event was opened by Jim Rooney and his guitar playing octogenarian prostitute, Molly with a brief interlude from Jake Earwig. Jim was followed at the mic by Richard Marsh a retired professional poet and story teller having once made a living reading in coffee houses in USA originally from Michigan, but living in Ireland for the last 30 years. Reading from his new work told us about what trainee priests got up to, and what happens to a good man who has no shadow. After Richard Tom Cunningham and George Sweets performed a poetic duet, all about seduction and why big is sometimes best?! After Tom and George it was over to Oran Ryan who, after asking the listeners to think of him as a small lady, read ‘The Lady of the Portrait’ a monologue between a female viewer and a portrait (Lady Lavery) in the National Gallery. After Oran, we were treated to some of Steve Conway’s missing bits (no don’t go there!) and a story about the MV Sheen an elderly river boat, with a wizened old man as captain and soot blackened crew members (had taken 3 days instead of the usual 2 hours to reach the Ross Revenge – having got lost and ended up on the Thames at Gravesend – without a compass! And a story of what Steve gets up to when his drink is spiked! After Steve Pauline Fayne made her Last Wednesday debut with ‘Rewind’, combining images from a graveyard and memories. Pauline handed the mic over to Bob Shakeshaft who, in a nice bit of continuity read ‘Dying embers’ a poem whose title had been suggested on FB by Pauline Fayne He also read about a fisherman and about holidaying in Italy in May. Keeping with his gift tradition, he read A.A. Milne – ‘The End’ – on being 6 for ever and ever. Bob was followed at the mic by Sandra Harris who followed on from her unexpected (for all concerned) climax last month to dividing the spoils after ‘The Break-Up’ this month and also read about that post break-up period when you’re a single female and all the guys you would like are gone and all the creeps flock around -‘All the hot guys are taken’. Helen Dempsey followed Sandra to the mic with ‘To Venus’, a kind of homage to the goddesses, ‘The Dove of Rome’ and a poem inspired by her daughter’s scan of her 16 week old baby, which came in a little envelope saying ‘this is me, I can hear you’ 16 weeks’. After Helen (with a brief interlude when Declan had to check his notes to follow the number sequence!!) Noel O Briain made a welcome return to Last Wednesday after a long absence, citing our move from the basement to the 2nd floor (going up in the world), and giving us a few sets of 14 lines on the 3 score and ten – decaying fruit and returning from Tir na nOg from his collection Scattering Day, 21 Sonnets and Other Poems and then showing his roots on the stage as he embodied in verse and gesture, Mr Mac Liammoir and brought the house down! After Noel, Eoin Hegarty took his turn at the mic, and, having had painting and sculpture, he moved onto music and video and with some painting too – Mahler’s Adagio and Jackson Pollock ‘Two Encounters’; ’Sobriety’; ‘Tattoos’ images, experiences and memories. Eoin was followed at the mic by another Last Wednesday First Timer, Roger Hudson who read a holiday poem; poem about grief, ‘Commuter Zombie’ – we’ve all been one and a poem inspired by a TV documentary about Benedict Kiely he had made. Roger handed the mic over to Susan Roe continuing where she left off last month, with Jenny’s first flashback, from the US to Dublin; complete with guns, bullets, questioning and forensics. After Susan, Anne Tanham shared echo of her own mother caring for her when ill as a child in her care for her child with measles; about hearing the sea from her landlocked home and gave us her Curriculum Vitae! Anne was followed by Niamh McAllister another first time reader at last Wednesday who read Glendalough, about the really important stuff that goes into relationships; The Old Mattress, about a skip in Phibsboro with a large mattress on top; and a brand new poem, ‘Winter Morning’. After Niamh it was the turn of Ines Dillon who this time read two prose pieces ‘The Birds’ about that terrible 5am Dawn Chorus during which magpie and other birds cornered her cat Zorro; and a letter to the paper! about a dominant cob swan and a family of swan relying on the kindness of strangers!! The night was ended by a spirited performance by Amanda daSouza from South Brazil, who doesn’t write but performs other people’s work – this one in Portuguese from when South Brazil was divided – between Spain and Portugal, performer of other people’s work. Wonderful ending to the evening, at once ancient and new.

Now, of course having had a great July, I blame the summer feeling (and the soggy brain from all of the rain) for the delay here, but it appears that July has slipped into August and we are already at the end of the first August week, with one lunchtime reading under our belts. And a great reading to open the month with it was too – with Raven strutting his stuff and thrilling the crowd with ‘Ugly American’ and ‘Buffalo’ among other works (you can check www.seventowers.ie for the video) followed by visitors to Ireland, and to the Seven Towers’ readings, David Ray and Susan Ray, sharing their works from their different, unique and fascinating experiences. The rest of August’s readings are below.

2. NEWS:

Of course, our recent publications, Huncke by Rick Mullin, And Suddenly the Sun Again by Eamonn Lynskey and Prism by Alma Brayden remain news, as does the change of venue for Last Wednesday in Dublin and Steve Conway continuing to be a slut!!

The three books, , Huncke by Rick Mullin, And Suddenly the Sun Again by Eamonn Lynskey and Prism by Alma Brayden are part of the 1000 book challenge – which you can check out on www.seventower.ie and on FaceBook, and below. They are, in fact the first 3 1000 Book Challenge books that we have published, and we look forward to selling these to enable us to publish the next three titles, which include work from Greagoir O Duill as well and new work from Quincy R Lehr and Ross Hattaway.

The Last Wednesday Series continues 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. Friend us on Facebook 

And as for Steve Conway – our intrepid author, journalist, adventurer, and broadcaster, continues to 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 –

Since the Last Wednesday in April 2009, The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike is running 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.

1. EVENTS

Thursday 5th August, Deansgrange Public Library Alma Brayden, David Ray, Judy Ray, 6.45 http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=438

Thursday 12th August Chapters and Verse Reading 6.30pm Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 reading with on the theme ‘Moonlight with Niamh Bagnell, Steve Conway, Helen Dempsey, Pauline Fayne, Ross Hattaway, Eileen Keane, Eamonn Lynskey, Maeve O’Sullivan, Karl Parkinson, Raven, Oran Ryan, Bob Shakeshaft http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=418

Wednesday 18th August: Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading 1.15 Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 Alma Brayden, Tony Gilmore

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Sunday 22 August 6pm Hammersmith Ram, King St Hammersmith, London, Steve Conway, Eamonn Lynskey, Graham Buchan and Beth Pearce – and an open mic so all voices are welcome.

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Wednesday 25th August Last Wednesday Series DUBLIN Reading and Open Mic 7.30pm in Chaplins Bar, Hawkins St, Dublin 2

Wednesday 25th August 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 September.

Also visit at end of September by Paul Weingarten and Rick Mullin to Dublin

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!