Candlemark and Gleam are a small US-based publishing company, headed by Athena Andreadis, and specialising in science fiction and interstitial/fantasy with a progressive leaning. I have the pleasure of being published with them in their short story anthology To Shape the Dark. From an author perspective, dealings have always been prompt and professional and I warmly recommend them. They are currently seeking novels, novellas and poetry in the genres specified above.
If interested, please have a look at their guidelines.
My friend Helena Mulkerns has her first short story collection due out with Doire Press on 1 November. The launch occurred last night. I’m proud of what she has accomplished and particularly want to share this devastating poem of hers “Blue Tarpaulin”. Helena has spent long periods of her life working in conflict zones among people who have lost everything – and this poem rings so true. Especially that last line.
Go here to listen to the poem.
I’d also like to promote poet Kerrie O’Brien’s brainchild, Looking at the Stars, a short story collection in aid of the Simon Community. Many well-known Irish writers have contributed and it is definitely worth a look. More information at http://www.lookingatthestars.ie/about.html
(In euros that is €1.30 – half the price of a cappuccino in Cafe Nero down the docks.)
I’m very excited to see White Feathers available at such a massive discount on Amazon UK and do hope that will encourage anyone who adores sweeping, epic narrative and seeks stories of passion, history and war to have a look!
Did I mention it was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015? Well, I’ll mention it again 🙂
Here are lots of people who are not me saying it’s a compelling read.
Eva Downey jumps at the chance to attend finishing school, especially as she is about to be pushed into marriage by her overbearing stepmother. At the school she finds kinship, and, unexpectedly, love. But when war breaks out in 1914, her family are pushing her into giving the man she loves a white feather of cowardice, because he refuses to enlist. Eva’s decision will have devastating consequences for her – and everyone around her.What do you do when forced to make an impossible choice?
I’m delighted to announce that at the invitation of Trish Keenan from New Ross Library I will be giving an open talk there at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd February. Anyone in the New Ross area who is interested in finding out more about how I write my novel(s) and would like some inspiration for their own work is very welcome to attend. There will be a bit of mild workshopping, nothing too deep but enough to whet the appetite.
The New Ross library site is here – this link goes to their Facebook. I will add the event time into my author facebook page this evening.
Interesting to note that my work came to Ms Keenan’s attention through a review of White Feathers in Bookseller Magazine last winter, which I am currently working on sourcing so I can proudly quote from it!
If folk want to update their calendars…
Tonight I will be sneaking in for a very quick reading from White Feathers at the Flying South open mic in Dublin city, featuring act Poetry Divas with Kate Dempsey. Doors at 7pm. Flying South is a mental health positive organisation, so I will try and read from a bit that covers that. Let’s face it, with White Feathers that’s nearly the whole damn book 😉
On Friday 11 September I will be giving a reading for Over the Edge in Galway. Many thanks to Kevin Higgins for the kind invitation! Hope to see Galway readers there. Details of the event are here.
On Friday 18 September, Culture Night, I will be giving a reading and Q&A in the Stone House Bookshop in Kilkenny. Am really looking forward, the shop is a lovely venue and a great independent bookshop promoting indigenous fiction.
I also hope to attend the Spoken Word Paris event on Monday 7th September – was last there two years ago and it went very well!
Aaaaand…that’s it for the moment.
Today’s clip has been brought to me courtesy of novelist Arlene Hunt‘s twitter feed – her editor Ciara Sidine is also a talented singer and recently re-recorded Curtis Mayfield’s civil rights classic “People Get Ready”. She recorded it for the “Yes to Equality” campaign which is being held in advance of the referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage on May 22nd. This is not an issue I can sit on the fence about. I don’t think anyone who’s read my book or knows me should be surprised to hear that I will be voting Yes. I hate this whole campaign when I see how much it is distressing gay colleagues and friends. I hate that it even has to be up for discussion. But I love this song – and wholly endorse the beautiful and dignified sentiment behind it. Please listen.
White Feathers got ANOTHER review which was sent on to me by the publishers this morning and if you read it, you will see why I am grinning from ear to ear. Regrettably it is not available online, but I enclose an image of it below. Here is a bit I am really pleased got highlighted:
The second half of the book is a brutal account of some of the actions in the war, particularly the criminal incompetence of the top brass of the British army…[who] had also used their men as human fodder.
Why yes, my novel challenges authority. And even be it a hundred years back, on its publication and reading, it became clear that certain people – not the British Army, I hasten to add – didn’t like that. Certain people didn’t like that one bit.
And here’s a quote which made my morning 🙂
Though this is an intense love story it would do it a disservice to describe it solely in just a way. It is anti-war and anti-patriarchy without ever saying so …[and] leaves the reader genuinely hoping the author will take her characters through the next stages of their lives. For the second time in less than a year I applaud O’Brien Press for taking on a relatively unknown writer. Susan Lanigan has won praise for her short stories, but this is her first full-length novel. It is a bravura performance of effortless elegance that beautifully imitates the speech and manners of the era. More please.
Thank you very kindly, Frank O’Shea of the Irish Echo, Australia! I’ll do my best to keep ’em coming! Full review beneath the cut – fair warning, it’s an image file and also quite a bit of discussion of the plot, though less of the second half. Continue reading ““A Bravura Performance of Effortless Elegance” – White Feathers Review in Irish Echo in Australia”