5. OTHER EVENTS AND INFO TO NOTE
4. LOOKING FORWARD
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
Wednesday 1st September 2010 Chapters Bookstore, Pauline Fayne, Ross Hattaway and Eamonn Lynskey
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
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
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.
Saturday 25th September Chaplin’s Bar, Hawkins St, 5pm the Dublin launch of
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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
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
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 –
Grace Notes by Greagoir O Duill
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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