SPECIAL READING FRIDAY 29th June 2012 Ross Hattaway and DOOG WOOD TWISTED PEPPER middle abbey street dublin 1


Record Breaking New Zealand Poet Ross Hattaway joins the magically re-appearing, mysterious North Carolina Poet Doog Wood in a poetry reading to entertain, thrill and inspire, lunchtime Friday at the Lort in the Twisted Pepper.

New Zealand born poet Ross Hattaway, currently appreciating the sub-tropical rains in his adopted Irish home, is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections The Gentle Art of Rotting (Seven Towers, 2006) and Pretending to be Dead (Seven Towers, 2012). Lauded by Bill Manhire for his wry humour and romanticism, Ross is an experienced reader, who has combined his readings with many novel experiences – including reading on an ice-breaking ship onthe Baltic Sea. He was the first Irish poet to guest at Poetry Spring in Lithuania where he was the guest in 2008 and his most recent excitement (after the launch of his second collection, of course) was taking part in the Guinness World Record-Breaking reading where he was one of the most writers ever to take part in a continuous reading from their own work!

Doog Wood is a poet, translator, classicist and sometime mirage who descends periodically from the Appalachian Mountains to share his words and wisdom with the wider world. Author of Old Men Forget (Seven Towers, 2010) Doog’s readings and story-telling are an experience not to be missed or forgotten. When not communing with bears and nature in the Appalachians, Doog lives in Brooklyn New York, where he writes, translates, studies and teaches. We are delighted to catch him on this whistle stop trip to Ireland, and advise you to do the same before the mirage fades!

Celebration of launch of 2012 Publication of Paradise Alley by Seven Towers


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East Wall celebrates its history in Paradise

Paradise Alley by John D Sheridan was first published by Talbot Press, Dublin in 1945.

This new edition, published by Seven Towers, includes an introduction by Sarah Lundberg and Joe Mooney with details from the real school records and memories of the pupils who were there – Tommy Devlin, Larry Kane, Maisie Lynch, Teresa Mason, and former Republic of Ireland kitman Charlie O’Leary.

Paradise Alley by John D Sheridan will be launched on 26th June 7.30pm

By Catriona Crowe

At St Joseph’s Co-Ed National School, East Wall Road, East Wall, Dublin 3

Cited as the forerunner to Strumpet City by the Irish Times in 1980 Paradise Alley gives a close up view of the stark poverty in Dublin’s dockland slums in the first half of the twentieth century, as well as looking at the violence of the 1913 lockout, through the eyes of the school master Anthony Domican and the words of those around him, including his pupils. John D Sheridan backdrops the manure factory, coalyards and warehouses of the docklands with sailboats in Dublin Bay, and tempers the pain of everyday life with hope and his characteristic humour.

This publication sees a new departure for Seven Towers, venturing into literary tradition as well as local history.

Sarah Lundberg, publisher at Seven Towers says ‘When we first started Seven Towers we were very conscious that we were stepping into a long established and important literary tradition, and we hoped to honour this tradition’s history while also becoming part of its present and its future. This publication forms part of that, enabling us to bring part of Dublin’s literary tradition into the present, and stretching out non-fiction wings at the same time.’

This book is also an exciting venture for East Wall – local historian, Joe Mooney says ‘East Wall is celebrating Pride of Place this summer and we wanted to do something really important, for East Wall and beyond. Celebrating our community through bringing this literary work to a new audience achieves this, showcasing East Wall and John D Sheridan and what he achieved in literature as well as what East Wallers can remember through his book’

John D Sheridan (1903-1980) was an Irish novelist, poet, short story writer, humourist and journalist. As a young man he taught in the national school in East Wall, basing Paradise Alley in part on his experiences there. Sheridan also worked for the Educational Company of Ireland and contributed to the Irish Independent newspaper

Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last 4 years. She is an Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which published its seventh volume, covering the period 1941-45, in November 2010. She is editor of Dublin 1911, published by the Royal Irish Academy in late 2011.

She is Vice-President of the Irish Labour History Society, and a former President of the Women’s History Association. She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions.

She is Chairperson of the SAOL Project, a rehabilitation initiative for women with addiction problems, based in the North Inner City, and also Chairperson of the Inner City Renewal Group, which delivers employment and welfare rights advice and support to the community in the North Inner City.

She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters.

Sarah Lundberg is the editor and publisher at Seven Towers, a historian and a member of East Wall History Group. She lives in East Wall in Dublin.

Joe Mooney is a community activist, local historian and a member of East Wall History Group. He lives in East Wall in Dublin.

Seven Towers is a not for profit publishing house run entirely by volunteers.

For further information, Sarah Lundberg 00353-(0)872283351; Joe Mooney 00353- (0)876698587; info; slundberg

www.seventowers.ie

QUINCY LEHR’S OBSCURE CLASSICS OF ENGLISH PROGRESSIVE ROCK LAUNCH 13th JUNE IWC


Seven Towers is delighted to be, with the Irish Writers Centre, hosting the Dublin launch of Quincy Lehr’s
Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock

Time 7.oo pm

Date 13th june 2012

Location Irish Writers Centre Parnell Square

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Isbn 978-9571510-4-8 $15.00, €10.00 $15.00

72 pp Paperback 100 gsm Munken

Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock, Quincy R. Lehr’s first collection of poems since 2008’s critically acclaimed Across the Grid of Streets, extends and subtly alters that volume’s vision. By turns witty and serious, gentle and acerbic, concise and expansive, this volume is a deeply personal collection, drawing both on Lehr’s years in Ireland and in Brooklyn. Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock confirms its author’s stature as an important up-and-coming American poet.

―Gifted with truly biting wit, Quincy R. Lehr is equal parts Beau Brummel and Jacques Brel, Lord Byron and John Dryden, Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce. He is an Augustan satirist, of both the Roman and British varieties, with the dash and thrust of a Turkish corsair out for blood. Lehr’s verse amuses, stirs, and wounds all at once. His addictive stanzas—ironic, sophisticated, precise and profoundly moral, always venomous but buoyed by wisdom—serve as splendid and welcome antidotes to the suffocating naivety, sameness, and self-indulgence of so much American poetry. With a Luciferian glint in his eyes, he pierces everyday pieties and commonplace pompousness with a well-honed blade!‖ – Ernest Hilbert

―Quincy Lehr’s is an imagination that keeps poetry keen and on its toes. Free of dogma and not dogged by encomium, his voice "had to be imagined," in the words of Wallace Stevens, "as an inevitable knowledge." – Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Quincy R. Lehr was born in Oklahoma City, and he lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches history. His poems, criticism, and essays have appeared in numerous journals in North America, Europe, and Australia. He is the associate editor of The Raintown Review, and his first book, Across the Grid of Streets , appeared in 2008.

DATES FOR 7 TOWERS LAST WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC SOCIAL FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER 2012


The SEVEN TOWERS LAST WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC reading is a showcase event for published writers from Ireland and abroad, (including self publications) with an opportunity to publicize and sell books, as well as a combined showcase and peer review event for new and upcoming writers. It also, for many of those who come along for the strong social element to this event, a pleasant evening spent in the company of others, and an opportunity to hear many different styles of writing: poetry, short stories, experimental prose, sometimes in many different languages and styles of expression. We encourage all those to purchase a beverage at the bar, and to please drink sensibly.

PLEASE FIND US EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH DOWNSTAIRS IN THE BOX(FIRST RIGHT AND DOWNSTAIRS AS YOU ENTER THE TWISTED PEPPER 54 MIDDLE ABBEY ST)

AROUND 7 PM EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY

PLEASE NOTE RULES

PLEASE FIND US EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH DOWNSTAIRS IN THE BOX(FIRST RIGHT AND DOWNSTAIRS AS YOU ENTER THE TWISTED PEPPER 54 MIDDLE ABBEY ST)

AROUND 7 PM EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY

PLEASE NOTE RULES

First Wednesday Reading W. Christodoulos Makris And Peadar O Donoghue 6 june 2012


Date: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 At 01:15 PM
Duration: 45 Minutes
Contact Info: info@seventowers.ie

Listen to writers reading from their work, both published and newly written – in the twisted pepper Middle Abbey St. Lunch Available

Peadar O’Donoghue has had poems published in Poetry Ireland Review, The SHOp, Revival, Bare Hands Poetry, Can Can, and The Burning Bush. He has also published flash fiction in Ink Sweat and Tears. He founded, runs, and edits The Poetry Bus Magazine, an innovative journal of art, fiction and poetry, accompanied by a CD of the poets reading their work. An accomplished photographer, Peadar’s photos have been selected for a solo exhibition at The Signal Art Gallery, Bray and group exhibitions for Wicklow Arts Office and The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. They have been published in The Stinging Fly journal (and anthology) and The SHOp, including several front cover. They have also been published in Magma and The Dubliner. Peadars first full collection called “Jewel” has beenpublished by Salmon Poetry (2012)

Christodoulos Makris has published three books of poetry: Spitting Out the Mother Tongue (Wurm Press, 2011), Round the Clock (Wurm Press, 2009) and the artist’s book Muses Walk (yes but is it poetry, 2012). This June he will represent Cyprus at Poetry Parnassus, a festival featuring 204 poets, each representing an Olympic nation, as part of London’s Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 celebrations. He lives in north county Dublin. For more go to
http://yesbutisitpoetry.blogspot.com.