Newsletter March 2011


NEWS

 

I cannot believe I am so late with this newsletter! My defence is reorganisation and extreme busy-ness in February – what with setting up the Frozen Mic newletter, [http://wp.me/p1pFcn-4] and changing the format of blogging readings – as they occur now on the Literary Scene blog [http://wp.me/p1eJ5R-4], and then there was some event or other of national importance (or is that impotence?) that apparently had us all distracted. At least that’s done with for another year!!

And of course, planning our programme for an incredibly exciting March which sees us all running around like well, like artistic march hares – or might that be squirrels waking from hibernation as we unearth artistic chestnuts? One of the highlights of March for us will be Off the Street – Library Ireland week at DIT Kevin Street , with a week long words and visuals exhibition with artist Colm Desmond and writer Oran Ryan, and a reading event every night – including Ross Hattaway, Eamonn Lynskey, Greagoir O Duill and Steve Conway.

The New Newsletters:

And so – for us, to firstly The Frozen Mic. This is our new newsletter about the open mic events. The ‘Frozen’ bit is from the fact hat it will be a bit of direct reporting, so that it will amount to a newsletter where the open mic events will, in fact, be frozen in time in print, with (a) everything being reported as it happens and (b) the ‘Stranger than Fiction’ section which will publish some works read at the event, as they were read. And who knows, maybe as we get more technologically adventurous, we will even include recordings and videos, thereby even freezing performances, fashion, and hairdos in time, alongside the words!

Added to this, of course, is the new open mic venue, and the new open mic.

The ‘Stranger than Fiction theme for February was ‘Unions’ – so click across here to see some of the resulting work, and for information about next months theme.

 

Event News

Firstly, in reverse order, the new open mic. Continuing our relationship with nicely balanced things, and prime numbers (7 Towers!) we have added a third mic to our amp (or some similar appropriate idiom, which would reflect the sense, rather than the reality, given that the mic is borrowed, and it is actually the event and the amp that are new {:-/ – detour ends) with our Chapters and Verse Reading and Open Mic at the wonderful Hammersmith Ram in Hammersmith in London. Full reportage of this event in our favourite London pub (www.hammersmithram@youngs.co.uk) at [insert link].

And, just ‘cos we like keeping it exciting, we also have moved the Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic in Dublin to the spicy Twisted Pepper in Middle Abbey Street, where we can be seen, heard and met upstairs in the Mezz, complete with stage and spotlights. Of course the Twisted Pepper Building in Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 is also where we have our lunchtime reading on the First Wednesday of each month [(see Press release at http://chaptersandverse.wordpress.com/)

] and our weekly book market – Where it’s At – the Bookshop in the Coffee Shop – every Saturday 1-6pm – specialising in Irish books and art. And when both the lunchtime reading and Bookshop are one, the best coffee in Dublin (possibly the world, but I cannot confirm that as there are some coffees in the world I have yet to sample, though I can confirm Dublin, and a good chunk of Ireland) is prepared and served by the award winning baristas at 3fe at the Twisted Pepper (www.3fe.com).
And, February saw the return of the last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic New York, to Rocky Sullivans in Red Hook in Brooklyn (www.rockysullivans.com) thanks to the relenting, finally, of the snow monster, or the real-life character who inspired some of the Marvel writers, with his evil, interfering-with-literature snow machine. That is to say, we were delighted to finally return to Rocky’s after it having been snowed in for the previous two months!

And, for the 1000 Book Challenge, we’re launching a bigger and even better challenge for 2011 – it will still be a 1000 book challenge, as each 1000 books sold enables us to continue publishing wonderful writers – but for 2011 – we’re looking to make it a sale total of 2011 as quickly as can be done!! See the synchronicity.

And to make it easy for you to support the challenge – we’ll be selling our books at easy to access venues – including Where it’s At – the Bookshop in the Coffee Shop  – every Saturday 1-6pm at 3Fe in the Twisted Pepper at Abbey Street, we’ll be continuing with our recession busting offers of books at a spectacularly reduced €10 each or any three for €20. So in a win-win situation – you get to own and read wonderful books, we get to make enough sales to keep publishing wonderful books to you to own and read – what more could you ask for?

 

 

Featured Book

 

As part of the Where it’s At – The Bookshop in the Coffee Shop we are going to have a regular featured book. And, our first featured book was The Death of Finn by Oran Ryan

Oran Ryan’s novel The Death of Finn concerns the sudden and untimely death of Joe Finn, a brilliant and eccentric young monk, and traces the impact of his death on the people around him, in particular his one-time best friend Frank, himself an ex-monk. The Death of Finn is a love story and a story of friendship. This beautifully written novel traces the relationship between Frank Ryan and Joe Finn, and the effect that this relationship, Finn’s life and death has on Frank and on other people in their lives. It explores love and its absence as well as the power of institutions over individual relationships. Finn manages to be a truly Irish book while simultaneously evoking an internationally recognisable sense of place. It is also evocative of the past while being truly modern. Resplendent with beautiful one-liners and carefully drawn characters, it is sure to become and to remain one of the classics of Irish literature as Oran Ryan will become and remain one of its voices. Extracts from Giovanni Seipi at Home Underlying the main text of The Death of Finn is a sub-text concerning a book, Giovanni Seipi at Home that the main character of the novel, Joe Finn, has written. In a unique venture, Seven Towers has produced a miniature version of extracts from this book to accompany the publication of The Death of Finn, Extracts from Giovanni Seipi at Home. This miniature book is in the form of an academic biography and is written in the voice of Joe Finn.

Reviews of The Death of Finn Seamus Cashman , (author, poet and founder of one of Ireland’s leading literary and cultural publishing houses, Wolfhound Press ) described Oran as a new and powerful voice in Irish literature. He praised The Death of Finn for the fine detail of the writing, and the clarity and simplicity of expression and phraseology and described it as 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. 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” Irish Emigrant (www.emigrant.ie ) The book covers . . . evoking memories of vintage Penguin design . . . will excite the collectors amongst us who believe the concept of the first edition has long expired. Extra marks to whoever had the great idea of issuing the miniature companion piece to the novel . . . such attention to detail will go far.” Ronan Browne, Village. (www.villagemagazine.ie )

Already read The Death Of Finn? Add your comments below.

Not read the Death of Finn Yet? Click http://www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=240&Itemid=1 for sample pages, and then email us at info@seventowers.ie or call into the Where It’s At bookshop for the special deal this week – or go to www.readireland.ie to buy the book online, or Chapters Bookstore in Parnell Street during the week to buy the book.

AND THE WHERE IT’S AT SPECIAL DEAL?

Buy one of the special offer The Death of Finn packs for just €25 (+ postage is appropriate)

The Packs are:

  • A Signed copy of The Death of Finn by Oran Ryan  
  • with a signed companion pocket book Sections fro Giovanni at Home by Joe Finn OHF (written by the main character in The Death Of Finn

AND

  • A signed copy of Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger by Oran Ryan  
  • with a signed companion pocket book Arthur’s Primer

AND

  • Either a copy of Census 1: The First Seven Towers Anthology, OR Census 2, The Second Seven Towers Anthology OR Living Streets, Anthology of the Ranelagh Arts Festival all of which feature Oran’s work

OR

  • A white t-shirt featuring the quote from the book ‘ The Freaks Shall inherit the Earth’.

for Just €25!

And, in other news:

 

Well, as said above, March is a busy month – it is a busy book filled month – what with World Book Day, the Dublin Book Festival, Library Ireland Week, it’s books books books everywhere – just the way we like it! And we’ll be front and centre in the city centre with our bookshop on Saturday – where we celebrate books every week. And Oran Ryan will be reading at the Dublin Book Festival with Jeannette Rehnstrom of the Irish Writers Exchange. Both will be reading their stories from the recently published anthology Dublin, Ten Journeys, One destination. And of course we’ll be there everyday of Library Ireland Week in the DIT Kevin Street. And this is along with our regular events – lunchtime readings and themed reading in chapters see below.

And, in addition to all this, keep an eye on our Facebook Seven Towers Agency page – for features books, special deals and a chance to post your reviews of our books as well as take part in our ongoing discussions ‘Why Does Poetry matter? and Selling Independent Publications. [insert relevant links]

And congratulations still to Rob Brown, formerly of Chapters Bookstore who is continuing to brave the economic elements in his quest to spread great literature far and wide with his venture The Market Bookstore. At the moment, Rob can be found at the market in the St. Andrew’s resource Centre in Pearse Street – a wonderful market that had now added abundant words to its organic fruit and vegetable stalls. So do call in and support Rob there as he brings Irish book sales back to the front line, with real people taking to real people about really good literature.

Well, I think that’s all for the moment – but isn’t that more than enough. I, for one, can’t wait to jump into the rest of the year!

And from January 2011 – a new added excitement to our open mics will be the ‘Stranger than Fiction’ event. This will be where we will take an event in the news – either a current event or an interesting/strange story and invite open mikers to write a piece of short fiction or a poem on the item. This will be read at the open mic and then we will post in alongside the newsletter following that open mic. Pieces will be posted as read, without editing or censorship – only pieces that are particularly offensive or bigoted will not be posted. It will be a kind of virtual open mic following the actual open mic. Submissions will be taken from open mics in Dublin, New York and London; though, in each case the news subjects may be slightly different, picked from local locations, except when the stories have generic or international appeal. And participants are welcome to suggest their own stranger than fiction storylines too.

And – As Always –

Since the Last Wednesday in April 2009, The Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mike is running simultaneously Dublin and Brooklyn New York, in The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 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. And our added attraction, on the last SDunday of each month – Chapters and Verse Goes to London, over at the Hammersmith Ram, in Hammersmith in London.

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, Twisted Pepper, Rocky Sullivan’s and the Hammersmith Ram 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 both also great food! We encourage all patrons to drink sensibly.

 

EVENTS

 

Wednesday 2nd March Twisted Pepper, Abbey Street Dublin 1, 1.15 Anne Tannam, Richard Halperin, Castherine Ann Cullen [insert link]

 

Saturday 5th March, Where It’s At, The Book Shop in the Coffee Shop, Twisted Pepper Abbey Street 1-7pm, buy Seven Towers’ Books at those recession beating prices!! [insert link]

Monday 7th March – 14 March: OFF THE STREET With Library Ireland Week – DIT Kevin Street Library – with an exhibition all week and readings every evening at 6pm. [insert link]

Thursday 10th March Chapters and Verse Themed Reading 6.30pm Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 reading with on the theme of ‘Green Shoots’ with Ross Hattaway, Eamonn Lynskey, Elizabeth McSkeane, Orla Martin, Bernadette O’Reilly, Maeve O’Sullivan, Anne Morgan, Karl Parkinson

Saturday 12th March, Where It’s At, The Book Shop in the Coffee Shop, Twisted Pepper Abbey Street 1-7pm, buy Seven Towers’ Books at those recession beating prices!! [insert link]

Saturday 19th March, Where It’s At, The Book Shop in the Coffee Shop, Twisted Pepper Abbey Street 1-7pm, buy Seven Towers’ Books at those recession beating prices!! [insert link]

Saturday 26th March, Where It’s At, The Book Shop in the Coffee Shop, Twisted Pepper Abbey Street 1-7pm, buy Seven Towers’ Books at those recession beating prices!! [insert link]

 

Sunday March 27th 6-8pm Chapters and Verse goes to London Reading and Open Mic at  the Hammersmith Ram, King Street, Hammersmith, London. [insert link]

Wednesday 30th March Last Wednesday Series DUBLIN Reading and Open Mic 7.30pm in THE MEZZ at the Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 [insert link]

 

Wednesday 23rd February 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:

 

UP COMING PUBLICATIONS:

 

2011

Grace Notes by Greagoir O Duill

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

Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock

Census the 3rd Seven Towers’ Anthology

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