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Paradise Alley – By John D Sheridan – first novel about the 1913 lockout published by Seven Towers

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Paradise Alley By John D Sheridan

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.

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’

Census 3 LAUNCH AT THE IRISH WRITERS CENTRE DUBLIN 22 FEB 2012


There is no shortage of Writers in Ireland. Whether they hail directly from Ireland or come here to live and work and hopefully stay, the diverse nature of styles and influences and historical experiences inherent in their work is fascinating to listen to, and certainly at events like this, which is a census of such different writing styles, one hears everything.

At the IWC on Wednesday 22nd Feb 2012, there were literally hundreds of writers coming and going from about seven o’ clock till ten in the evening , some reading, many buying large numbers of the Census 3 anthology, proud parents delighted to see their offspring get their first publication, Writers with many books to their name checking the text and pleased to see friends they admire in the same book as they, others who have been to so many launches, or indeed are dropping by to say hello to buy a book and wander off to another event, got to meet the people for the few minutes they were there they hadn’t seen in years or weeks . Writing is that most uncertain and isolate of existences. Hence these moments whether it be a celebration of the launch of a rather big book like Census 3 or a smaller reading, the mere fact reading and celebrating the written word is not just a key element of the creative process. It is that. But it connects one with others who are beavering away at their own work. Mr Eamonn Lynskey, poet, wit and raconteur, who edited this particular tome, led the proceedings, that is, after the managing director, Sarah Lundberg, welcomed the throng of poets, thinkers and scriveners, and spoke of the challenges and joys of bringing out the third on the Census trilogy. (Word has it there will be a forth). Eamonn introduced six readers, as I recall, including Seamus Cashman, Lucy Hattaway, Clar Ni Aongusa, John Sexton, Hugh Mc Fadden, among others. The readings were representative and excellent. With 94 authors, it was impossible to have even a quarter of them up on stage. I thought it a good thing, though . A launch is pretty much a celebration, where people can meet and socialize and buy books. So accompanying these words are many pictures. There are more. I keep getting welcome emails with more pictures. A good time really was had by all.

Finally this is my big opportunity to plug a friend of ours. The Irish writers Centre needs your support. It’s a fantastic place. Join them. Go to their gigs. Support them. They really went way beyond the call of duty to make us welcome and make the night such a huge success.

All photos are copyrighted to the generous and gifted Rafael Joacim

Oran Ryan

CENSUS 3 LAUNCH at the Irish Writers Centre 22 Feb 2012 – 7pm


We are delighted to announce that the long awaited Census 3, The Third Seven Towers Anthology will be launched by its writers at the Irish Writers Centre 19 Parnell Square on Wednesday 22nd February at 7 o Clock. as ever with these launches, it should be good fun. Our friends at the Irish Writers Centre are welcoming and there will some excellent PERFORMANCES of the work in Census 3

Irish Writers Center 19 Parnell Square

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE CENSUS 3 PRESS RELEASE

CLICK HERE FOR POSTER OF THE LAUNCH

CLICKHERE FOR A PDF OF ALL THE WRITERS IN CENSUS 3 THE THIRD SEVEN TOWERS ANTHOLOGY

Census 3 - available for pre-order !

Moreover, we are making the book available for pre-order. This anthology contains over 90 authors from every part of the globe and every possible age and in every imaginable genre. These authors all of whom graced us with their performance at a Seven Towers Event gives us excellent writing in every imaginable genre – poetry, prose, short stories, experimental fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and so many more goodies. Do not miss the chance to pre-order this wonderful book. We will even throw in a free copy of the Census E-Book, which contains a plethora of extras – a separate book really, if you will. All of this for the measly pre order price of 12 Euros (no postage!). This is a special time limited offer. As we said before -Don’t miss it. Do we not rock? I think we definitely do – but the writers here in definitely do. Remember Irish Writers Centre22 Feb at 7 o clock.

1000 Book Challenge – where we’ll be for the rest of the year!


1000 Book Challenge

 

The 1000 Book Challenge

seeks to encourage members of the public and businesses to fund independent publishers though purchase of their publications, with the message that, for every 1000 books sold, 2 -3 further titles can be published.

 

The challenge is for us to sell and you to buy 1000 books, to enable us to publish our next three titles. 

 

To make it easy to buy Seven Towers Books for the 1000 Book Challenge we are having a load of events between now and Christmas, where books can be bought and, if the authors are present, signed and dedicated – and are open to having more if people would like Seven Towers Writers to read at their venue!

 

1000 Book Challenge books can also be bought in Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St Dublin 1, or online at www.seventowers.ie, or www.readireland.ie.

 

More Information is available from www.seventowers.ie, info@seventowers.ie or Sarah at 00353872283351

The Seven Towers agency is a non-for-profit company.

 

Where we’ll be with the 1000 Book Challenge this Christmas:

 

Wednesday 11th November 1.15pm,

Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St. Dublin 1

Chapters and Verse Armistice Day Poetry reading with Dublin poets Neville Keery and Catherine Ann Cullen.

 

Thursday 12th November 6.30pm

Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St. Dublin 1

Chapters and Verse Themed reading – Winter Chill – with Liam Aungier, Steve Conway, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Ross Hattaway, Eileen Keane, Éamonn Lynskey, Anne Morgan, Noel Ó Briain, Bernie O’Reilly, Maeve O’Sullivan.

 

Wednesday 18th November 1.15pm

Chapters Bookstore Parnell St. Dublin 1

Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading with North Carolina poet Doog Wood and New Zealand poet Ross Hattaway.

 

Thursday 19th November 6pm

Rathmines Public Library

Ranelagh in Rathmines:

Celebrating the publication of three books on Ranelagh: Living Streets, Anthology of the Ranelagh Arts Festival (Seven Towers Agency, 2009); Ranelagh in Pictures, A Place in History by Susan Roundtree  (A&A Farmer, 2009); RMDS 21, A History of the School (The Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, 2009)

Speaker: Councillor Óisin Quinn.

 

Saturday 21st November 11pm

Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Cácá Milís Cabaret

With Dublin writers Patrick Chapman and Oran Ryan

 

Wednesday 25th November 1.15pm

 Chapters Bookstore Parnell St. Dublin 1

Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading with Cork born poet Seamus Cashman and Dublin poet Pauline Fayne.

 

Wednesday 25th November 7.30pm

Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2,

Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic, with Oran Ryan, Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Éamonn Lynskey  and many others.

 

Wednesday 25th November 7pm

Rocky Sullivan’s, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC

Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic, with Quincy R Lehr and Lisa McLaughlin

 

 

Thursday 26th November 6.30pm

Dundrum Public Library

From Words to Waves and back again: A reading with Dublin author and broadcaster Steve Conway and supporting the RNLI

 

Sunday 29th November 2pm – 6pm

Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2

1000 Book Challenge Independents’ Market*

an independent market selling Irish published books – published by independent publishers, writers groups etc and independently produced Irish CDs available for sale for Christmas.  There will also be readings, and maybe even some music!

 

Wednesday 2nd December 1.15

Chapters Bookstore Parnell St. Dublin 1

Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading with Dublin writers Patrick Chapman and Oran Ryan and Armagh novelist Jarlath Gregory.

 

Sunday 6th December 2pm – 6pm

Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2

1000 Book Challenge Independents’ Market*

an independent market selling Irish published books – published by independent publishers, writers groups etc and independently

 

produced Irish CDs available for sale for Christmas.  There will also be readings, and maybe even some music!

 

Wednesday 9th December 1.15

Chapters Bookstore Parnell St. Dublin 1

 Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading with Cork born poet Seamus Cashman, Kildare novelist and short story writer Eileen Keane and Mayo born, Limerick based writer Patricia Byrne.

 

Thursday 10th December 6.30pm

Chapters Bookstore Parnell St. Dublin 1

Chapters and Verse Themed Reading – Christmas (What else!!)

With Seamus Cashman, Steve Conway, Pauline Fayne, Ross Hattaway, Éamonn Lynskey, Anne Morgan, Noel Ó Briain, Bernie O’Reilly, Oran Ryan.

 

Sunday 13th December 2pm – 6pm

Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2

1000 Book Challenge Independents’ Market*

an independent market selling Irish published books – published by independent publishers, writers groups etc and independently

produced Irish CDs available for sale for Christmas.  There will also be readings, and maybe even some music!

 

Wednesday 16th December 1.15

Chapters Bookstore Parnell St. Dublin 1

 Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading with Dublin poet Pauline Fayne and Wexford based writer and photographer Helena Mulkerns

 

Wednesday 16th December 6.30pm (To be confirmed)

Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St

Book Launch of

Census, The Second Seven Towers Anthology

All Royalties from Census go to AWARE the charity which seeks to provide awareness, education and support about and to people affected by depression. 

 

Sunday 20th December 2pm – 6pm

Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2

1000 Book Challenge Independents’ Market*

an independent market selling Irish published books – published by independent publishers, writers groups etc and independently

produced Irish CDs available for sale for Christmas.  There will also be readings, and maybe even some music!

 

Wednesday 23rd December 1.15

Chapters Bookstore Parnell St. Dublin 1

The Last Chapters and Verse Lunchtime Reading of 2009 with a mix of the readers who have read with us over the year including Alma Brayden, Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Oran Ryan, Doog Wood, Quincy R Lehr  and many others

 

For further informaiton on any of these events, or to ask us to do a reading near you please email 1000bookchallenge@seventowers.ie.

 

*We are inviting independent publishers, writers groups, open mic events and individual who have published books as well as individuals, groups and bands who have released independent CDs to contact us about selling their wares at the Independents’ market.  There will be a nominal charge of €5, to help us defray costs, and the more the merrier!

 

Email 1000bookchallenge@seventowers.ie with ‘Independents’ market’ in the subject field.  Separate press releases about these events will be issued as more information becomes available. 

 

 

 

1000 Book Challenge Books and Prices


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” Stuart Clarke, Sunday Business Post.

 

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.

 

November News


Lots of news for November – the 1000 Book Challenge, International Radio Day, extra readings coming up to Christmas.  And, all going well, the imminent publication, before Christmas of Census, the Second Seven Towers Anthology and after Christmas of two new collections.

 

 

One Hundred Unpainted Shapes by Alma Brayden  and And Suddenly the Sun

 

To the 1000 Book Challenge first.  This is our challenge to us and to the book buying public, and is a challenge emphasising sponsorship through purchase – a win win situation where people can sponsor the arts by buying a book.  It also puts into perspective the extent of the difference that each individual sale can make – for every 1000 books a not-for profit company like Seven Towers Agency sells, 2 – 3 further books can be published.  And to make it easier to buy one of the 1000 books that will make a difference this Christmas, we are bringing the 1000 Book Challenge to you this Christmas with markets in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St on the last Sunday in November and the first three in December, and working with Chapters Bookstore in Parnell St, where the Challenge will also be available and where we will be having weekly readings.  And you never know where we might pop up at a venue near you – so keep an eye on the calendar on www.seventowers.ie.  At the end of this mail the prices of Seven Towers Books during this promotion are listed – but you never know what other promotions might also be available on the day!  If you would like to know more information, or take part in the 1000 book Challenge markets please email us at 1000bookchallenge@seventowers.ie.  A nominal €5 fee will apply per table – towards the cost of posters and other administrative costs.  And, while the Challenge markets are going on Cassidy’s Bar is getting into the Christmas spirit with a special offer of a glass of wine and a mince pie for the recession busting sum of €5 (subject to availability) .

And now to radio.  Steve Conway’s best-selling memoir  about Radio Caroline days, Shiprocked, Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline continues to sell and draw admirers.  It has also moved across the pond where it is getting a publicity boost with the launch of The Boat that Rocked (renamed Pirate Radio) in the US on 13th November.  And, as if that wasn’t enough, Steve will be the guest of honour that weekend at the International Radio Day in Amsterdam on Saturday 14th November. 

And on the book front we are now compiling our second anthology of work read at the open mic and some other Seven Towers’ reading events, and hope to have Census 2 reading for Christmas shopping bags.  And then shortly after Christmas, all going well, we hope to launch our first two collections of 2010 – One Hundred Unpainted Shapes  by Alma Brayden and And Suddenly the Sun Again  by Eamonn Lynskey. 

 

And to round off the good news, the end of October saw a number of launches that we feel we have reason to celebrate.  First up was the inaugural Great Irish Book Week and the related Dublin launch of Salmon Poetry’s Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it, edited by Jessie Lendennie.  This book is available for sale in Chapters Bookstore and we encourage you all to support both our friends – Salmon Poetry and Chapters Bookstore as well as buying a valuable resource, and learning things for yourself by purchasing this book when buying your Seven Towers 1000 Book Challenge Book this Christmas. 

The second launch is the 30th October launch of the eponymous CD The Prairie Dawgs from the roots band we have mentioned regularly as the kennel of choice of Seven Towers writer Conor Farrell.   This CD, which retails for €10, has been described by Eamon Carr as “a winning proposition” and is home to what is surely going to be the single for the current era – in a song entitled “Ain’t no Money”.  As well as being available from the usual independent outlets, including Road Records and Tower, The Prairie Dawgs will be for sale at the 1000 Book Challenge markets at the end of November and in December. 

And the third launch is the launch of our very own collaboration with the afore mentioned Conor “Dawg” Farrell in the shape of the Tumbleweed Love Recession Sessions  in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St.  We will report on these in detail in next month’s newsletter, wishing not to fall into the covering the end and so missing the start of the month trap that caught us last month. 

I do hope I am remembering everything here, apologise if I have left anything out, and firmly promise to update to fill any lacunae!

 

 

And – As Always –

 

From 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 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, 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.