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Kate dots her i’s and crosses the sea

Another great Irish writer makes the journey to America, Kate Kerrigan, whose third novel Ellis Island saw a delayed release date of June 28th and for a book which takes its title from the  notorious landing spot for so many Irish people it seems a special US only launch was appropriate.  In the coming days we will have a brand new reading by Kate from the Novel and a special trip through one or two of the Irish locations in which the book was based from our series The Writer’s Passage but for now you can enjoy another exclusive interview with Kate Kerrigan, as she talks about where she writes these days and the grandmother who has had so much influence on her work, by visiting Kate’s page in our Featured Prose Writers Section.

Lost in Poetry and Prose

The webs most popular Irish podcasting site continues to bring you more Irish writers, more new collections and more podcasts, that has been our motto all along and June 2011 has been busier than most times for us.  So far this month we have had Pauline Fayne release her fourth collection Mowing in the Dark.  Noel Duffy released his first collection In The Library of Lost Objects and Alan Murphy with the Waterford launch of  Physcosilly and this, his second collection will see its Dublin launch at MadArt in Dublin this evening.  As if that is not enough, Kate Kerrigan will see The US launch of the first part of her trilogy Ellis Island on Tuesday next,  all the above come with accompanying new podcasts from  This will bring us to the end to the end of another month which means we are busy preparing for the June edition of The Calendar Road and The July edition of The Irish Writers Showcase.  To coincide with the US release of Ellis Island we have Kate Kerrigan presenting our penultimate Writer’s Passage based on that very book and we have more new writers to bring you as we head towards the height of summer in Ireland.  We cannot go without congratulating our friends at The RTE Documentary on One whose documentary Don’t go Far picked up The Grand Award at The New York Festivals Radio Awards.  You might notice that we have added a Facebook button now too and we hope you will take the time to come over and Like our page.

Chrissy: Herself and The Big Fellow

We are delighted to welcome Chrissy Osborne to  Chrissy has written 2 books both about Michael Collins, her first “Michael Collins Himself” was released in 2003 and her second “Michael Collins: A Life in Pictures” was published in 2007 both titles by Mercier Press.  Aside from agreeing to be a featured writers, Chrissy has recorded for our series “The Writer’s Passage” and a podcasts which will appear before the end of June.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our interview with Chrissy and can look forward in teh coming days to an exclusive reading from her work.  Our featured writers continue to make June 2011 a busy time.  We have already mentioned in previous news postings that Pauline Fayne, Alan Murphy and Noel Duffy are to launch new work this week and on June 28th The US release of Kate Kerrigan’s “Ellis Island” is scheduled.  A reminder too that all e mails and comments are forwarded to our featured writers so if you wish to show your appreciation for their participation on the site and for sharing their work with us you can do so through the writers individual pages or our Contact Us page by clicking here.  We also welcome your copmments on what you enjoy about and how you think we can improve things.   Ealier today with met with poet Mark Roper at Saint Angela’s College in Sligo which provided us with a wonderful location to record an interview and some lovely readings.  We will be bringing you a page for Mark as soon as we can but please be patients as we have so much material to bring you over the coming weeks that we are somewhat backlogged with great interviews and readings.  In the meantime, Mark is “The Poet” mentioned in “Crossings”  a breathingtaking collaboration between dancer, poet, musician and painter part of The Tall Ships celebrations at The Theatre Royal in Waterford on Thursday 30th of June and Friday July 1st.  Mark’s work also features in Come The Sails, the piece of music written especially for the Opening Ceremony of the Tall Ships on Thursday 30th June, a collaboration between 5 composers and 5 Poets, to be performed by all Waterford choirs combined.


In Dublin’s Fair City

We have just uploaded episode 8 of our podcasts featuring Irish books, the Arts Council of Ireland funded series ” The Writer’s Passage“.  So far we have been to counties Cork, Kerry, Down, Tipperary, Longford, KilkennyWaterford and Sligo but this week we visit Dublin.  In the first of 2 podcasts based in The Capital, Vincent Caprani revisits his book “A View From The Dart”  based on a historical and literary trail which can be followed by climbing aboard the city’s commuter rail network The Dublin Area Rapid Transport system.   Vincent’s will be reading at this years Dromahair Demons Festival which runs from Friday 17th until Sunday 19th of June in The County Leitrim Village.  An updated version of Vincents’s book “Rowdy Rhymes and Recimitations” is due for release later this year.  On the issue of book launches and we mentioned launches this month by Alan Murphy and Noel Duffy in our previous post and another of our featured poets Pauline Fayne will launch her 4th collection “Mowing In The Dark”  next Monday June 20th at 7:30 at The Irish Writers Centre in Parnell Square Dublin.

Psychosilly Season

Irish podcasting has hardly been much busier, two of our newly featured Irish writers bring out a second book each this month.  Yesterday saw the Waterford launch of Alan Murphy’s Psychosilly“, a follow up to “The Mona Lisa Lives on Our Fridge“.  The collection will also be launched in Dublin on June 24th, while Noel Duffy will launch his first collection of poetry “In The Library of Lost Objects” on 22nd June 6:30 in  The Damer Hall Saint Stephen’s in Dublin.  Both Alan and Noel will be appearing at The West Cork Literary Festival in early July.  Also in early July, the 6th to be precise, Poet Noel Monahan, will give a lunchtime reading at The National Gallery of Ireland at 1pm. you can look forward to hearing work from  “In The Library of Lost Objects” from June 23rd, though you can listen to our interview featuring Noel Duffy talking about his recently released Novellas ” The Return Journey and Our Friends Electric” here but we have uploaded readings from Alan’s ” Psychosilly“, and “The Mona Lisa Lives on Our Fridgehere.  Meanwhile there are 2 podcasts on Noel Monahan’s page, his interview ends with a reading of his poem “All Day Long” which is prescribed text for The New Leaving Certificate English Course to be examined in 2011 and 2012.

Scholars One and All

Our free podcasts of Irish writers showcase is now on Episode 12 and features readings from Vincent Caprani from his book “A View From The Dart”,  Michele Ann Kelly performs “Lost in Paris”  Thom Moore sings “The Scholar” while Macdara Galvin performs “James Connolly” a song written by his late father Patrick Glavin.  Kate Kerrigan reads from “Recipes for a Perfect Marraige” and Padriag J Daly reads his poem “Complaint”.  There is plenty more to come in the coming weeks so please keep an eye on our page or you can subsribe to our RSS Feed which is completely free.  Later this week we will be uploading more great podcasts featuring Irish writers including a reading by Alan Murphy from his brand new collection “Phycosilly”  we will also have another edition of The Writer’s Passage and some performance podcasts to bring you too.

Expert Tweeters For All

It is the end of May and it is time to walk The Calendar Road again.   The Calendar Road is proving to be one of our most popular podcasts and this month Sinéad has decided to sit a while and find out more about the chorus of tweets that fill the air in the evenings along the road.  3 weeks ahead of the longest day of the year in Ireland the birds are busy raising families and maintaining the teritories they have established and as the evening draws in you can hear the calls of many of those residents on The Calendar Road for whom brick and mortar housing provides a shelter, though many more are just as happy with the shelter provided by mother nature.

Vincent darts in for a reading

It is a delight to bring you a reading from this iconic book by Vincent Caprani .  “A View From The Dart” when first published heralded the arrival of an emerging Dublin, now free from the old fashioned and noisy diesel engines that had served it for so long, replaced in a new age by sleek electric trains known as The Dublin Area Rapid Transport System or DART.  Ever the historian Vincent reminded the reader that the new system ran through a city steeped in history that should never be forgotten.  Although this particular reading is short, you can look forward to a more indept feature as we have also recorded and will very shortly be posting An episode of The Writer’s Passage based on “A View From The Dart”  we will of course feature readings by Vincent from his other work in time.

Alan Murphy

We are off on a bit of a break but before we set off, we managed to prepare some podcasts for you, ready for uploading.  The first of these is a new page for visual artist and children’s poet Alan Murphy.  Alan will release his second collection very shortly and we have already booked an exclusive reading from “Psychosilly” so there are a number of readings for you to look forward to from Alan.  Later this week we will be uploading another exclusive reading, this time from Vincent Caprani and we have another writer to introduce to you.  Don’t expect too much from us on our social network pages (we are on holiday afterall) but we will keep you updated via our news page.

Mick Hanly

Irish singer songwriter Mick Hanly famous for among other songs “Past The Point of Rescue, is the latest writer to record an exclusive session for We met Mick at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon before he was due on stage there recently.  Our thanks to Siobhan O’ Malley for organising the venue for us.  We have a few days off in the coming week but we will nevertheless be posting plenty of  podcasts for you including 2 new writers to the site so keep on eye on  We are likely to be a bit quiet on the social networking scene but there will be no let up as far as uploading new material for you is concerned.  On top of all that is ready, we must prepare more editions of The Writer’s Passage, The Calendar Road  and The Showcase as May comes to an end and June gets ready to great us.