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A number of Artists and writers work with The Seven Towers Agency and take part in our events. Their details are included here.
Celeste Augé is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Tornadoes for the Weathergirl (with the support of Galway County Council) in 2006, and Smoke and Skin (joint collection with Aoife Casby), which was published by Lapwing in Belfast, 2008. Her first full-length collection of poetry will be published by Salmon Poetry in early 2009.
Liam Aungier is from Naas, County Kildare but now lives and works in Dublin. He published his debut collection, Apples in Winter, in April 2005. Liam has been published in the Irish Times, the Shop, Poetry Ireland Review and in numerous other literary magazines. A winner of the Cootehill and the South Tipperary Poetry Competitions, he twice came second in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award
Aoife Casby is originally from Mayo and now lives in Carraroe, Co. Galway where she works as a writer and visual artist. She has published in Poetry Ireland, Cyphers, Orbis, West47, Ropes, The Cork Literary Review, The Cúirt Annual, DIVAS 2 Anthology and others. A selection of her poetry was published (with writer Celeste Augé) by Lapwing in a chapbook Smoke & Skin in 2008.
Philip Casey was born to Irish parents in London in 1950 and grew up in Co Wexford. .His verse collections are Those Distant Summers (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1980); After Thunder (Raven Arts Press, 1985); The Year of the Knife Poems 1980-1990, (Raven Arts Press Dublin, 1991); and Dialogue in Fading Light/New and Selected Poems (Dublin, New Island Books, 2005). His play, Cardinal, was performed in Hamburg in 1990.
His novels are The Fabulists (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1994/ London, Serif Books, 1995); The Water Star (London, Picador, 1999); and The Fisher Child (Picador, 2001), which completes The Bann River Trilogy. He has been a recipient of an Arts Council/An Chomairle Éalaíon Bursary for Literature, and was awarded the inaugural Kerry Ingredients/ Listowel Writers’ Week Novel of the Year Award (1995) for The Fabulists. A member of Aosdána he tends to Irish Writers Online and other websites in his spare time. He lives in Dublin.
Seamus Cashman is a writer, editor, poet and activist and was the founder of Wolfhound Press, Ireland's largest literary publisher. In 2006, Seamus visited Palestine to see the situation there for himself.. The series of poems he wrote while there reflect his experience of the situation and also form part of his latest collection And that Morning Will Come, a collection of new and selected poems published by Salmon.
Patrick Chapman is an Irish poet, author and scriptwriter born in 1968. He lives in Dublin. His poetry collections are Jazztown, (Raven Arts Press, 1991), The New Pornography, (Salmon Poetry, 1996), Breaking Hearts And Traffic Lights, (Salmon Poetry, 2007) and A Shopping Mall on Mars, (BlazeVOX, 2008). His collection of stories is The Wow Signal, (Bluechrome, 2007). He wrote the Doctor Who audio drama, Fear of the Daleks, (Big Finish, 2007), starring Wendy Padbury as Zoe and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks. Mark J. Thompson directed. Chapman's first film script, Burning The Bed, was based on his published short story, which appeared in The Irish Times in 2001. It was directed by Denis McArdle in 2003 for Songway Films/Fantastic Films; and starred Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen. Burning The Bed was a prizewinner at the 2004 Worldfest film festival in Houston, Texas, and was named Best Narrative Short at the DeadCenter film festival in Oklahoma City.Chapman's short story, A Ghost, won first prize in the story category of the 2003 Cinescape Genre Literary Contest. In 2001, he collaborated with the artist Gemma Tipton on an acclaimed series of art exhibitions and a book, The Foot Series. This featured photographic works
by Tipton, with text by Chapman. In 2004, he appeared as himself in a self-penned cameo in the radio play, "The SIlver-Tongued Devil", written and produced by Roger Gregg for Crazy Dog Audio Theatre. The play was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.
In 2005, Louise Jameson performed a version of his poem, Sea of Tranquillity, adapted for her by the author, on the MJTV disc, The Actor Speaks 5: Louise Jameson. Along with the novelist and poet Philip Casey, he co-created Irish Literary Revival, which presents out-of-print works by Irish or Ireland-related authors, with their participation.
Catherine Ann Cullen is a Dublin poet. She is a regular contributor to RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany and A Living Word as well as producing current affairs, arts and features. She lives with her partner Harry and daughter Stella in Kimmage, Dublin. Her first collection, A Bone in My Throat, is published by Doghouse.
Susan Millar DuMars was born in Philadelphia in 1966. She holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her poems and short stories have been published widely in the US, UK and Ireland. Her poetry was included in the 2004 Anthology I, published by Ainnir; in 2005, Lapwing published a pamphlet of her poems, the well reviewed Everyone Loves Me. Susan's stories have been short-listed for many awards, and in 2005 she received an Irish Arts Council Bursary for her fiction. American Girls, a volume of her short stories, was published by Lapwing in 2007. Susan lives in Galway, Ireland. Since 2003, Susan and her husband Kevin Higgins have organised the successful Over the Edge reading series, showcasing new writers. Big Pink Umbrella (Salmon 2008) is the first full collection of her poetry.
Roslyn Fuller is a lawyer, writer and model, born in Canada and now based in Dublin. Roslyn grew up on the icy plains of Canada, before moving to Europe to study International Law in Germany. Currently writing her doctorate at Trinity College Dublin, Roslyn now devotes a substantial amount of her time to modelling, mainly in the areas of artistic nude photography, editorial and petite fashion. Her first novel, ISAK was published in 2006 and she is currently working on her second.
Felicity Heathcote, Dublin based clinical psychologist, teacher and writer who has spent several years in Palastine. Born in England she has also worked in Iran, Japan and the USA. Her books, Peak Performance: Zen & the Sporting Zone, and The Learning Zone were published by Wolfhound Press. Her latest book The Resting Place of the Moon, With a Preface by Jeff Halper, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, 2006 was published by Other World Books. - This is a gently narrated but harrowing fable from Jerusalem's famous Mount of Olives where a conference of all the birds of the air has been assembled by the Hoopoe bird. Hoopoe aspires to inform and awaken a sleeping world – for, as she says, "there is shame too on all who believe in human dignity and freedom but who do nothing." The author royalties are being donated to peace and humanitarian groups in Palestine and Israel, especially to assist: children suffering from learning disabilities and trauma who need special care and education; to give gifts and presents for the children of Bethlehem arranged by the Conflict Resolution
Centre; and to provide food and basic medicines especially for the elderly.
Hugh O'Donnell was born in Dublin in 1951. His first collection, Roman Pines At Berkley, appeared from Salmon Publishing in 1990. He has been a prize-winner at poetry competitions and spoken on local radio about his work. He has contributed to RTÉ Radio One's, Sunday Miscellany and been short-listed for the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. During the '90's he co-edited, with Isabelle Cartwright, three issues of the literary magazine, Cobweb (NUI Maynooth). In 1998, he received a bursary from Laois County Council to spend some time at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig. In 2006 he graduated with an MS in Ecology and Religion from the University of Wales (Lampeter) out of which grew Eucharist and the Lliving Earth (Columbia, 2007), a book of ecological theology. He lives with the Salesian community in Dubiin city where he minsters in the local parish.
ANAMARÍA CROWE SERRANO is Irish and lives in Dublin with her family. She has worked at Dublin City University and in Trinity College Dublin. She has published several translations of poetry including Valerio Magrelli's Instructions on How to Read a Newspaper, for whose translation she won 3rd prize with Riccardo Duranti at the BCLA/BCLT Translation Competition in 2002. In 2003, she published her first collection of short stories, Dall'altra parte (Leconte) and a one-act play, The Interpreter (Delta3 Edizioni). With Riccardo Duranti she has written Behind the Tapestry, a historical novel on the life of Thomas Shelton, the first translator of Don Quijote. Her collection of poems, Paso Doble, written as a poetic dialogue with the Italian poet Annamaria Ferramosca, was published in March 2006 by Empiria. Her latest collection is Femispheres.
John W. Sexton's first collection, The Prince's Brief Career, was published in 1996. He was the creator and scriptwriter for RTÉ's children's radio show The Ivory Tower, which ran to a 103 episodes. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries & Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are published by The O'Brien Press. Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has released an album with legendary Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons Of Shiva, which has recently been re-released on Track Records. He is a member of Haiku Ireland. He is one of the most requested writers on the Irish Writers-In-Schools scheme, and has recently been appointed by Poetry Ireland to act as a mentor to new writers entering the scheme. He has performed his work widely in Ireland and England and has given readings and workshops at countless schools and festivals. Under the guise of Sex W. Johnston he has performed live on stage with The Sons of Shiva, Serpents of the Vortex, Hugh Cornwell, and the Frames. Being multi-disciplined he gives workshops in all aspects of writing, from fiction to poetry, from drama to song lyric, from realism to science fiction.
Eileen Sheehan is from Scartaglin, County Kerry; now living in Killarney. Her first collection, Song of the Midnight Fox (DOGHOUSE) was published in 2004. Winner of the inaugural Writers' Week Listowel, Poetry Slam, 2004 and the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award 2006. She is on the Poetry Ireland Éigse Éireann Writers in Schools Scheme and is currently employed by County Kerry VEC teaching Creative Writing at Killarney Technical College and is Limerick Writer in Residence. She was a founder and co-ordinator of the Bricín Winter Arts Festival, Killarney. Major anthology publications include The Open Door Book of Poetry (Ed Niall MacMonagle), Winter Blessings by Patricia Scanlon, Out Shared Japan (Ed Irene De Angelis & Joseph Woods) and The Echoing Years (Ed John Ennis, Randall Maggs & Stephanie McKenzie). In April 2008 she read at The National American Conference for Irish Studies at St Ambrose University, Iowa, USA. Her secnd collection Down the Sunlit Hall was published by Doghouse in 2008.
Barbara Smith holds a BA Hons. Literature just completed, 2007; and will continue with Queen's University Belfast, with a MA in Creative Writing. Her debut collection of poetry, Kairos, was published by Doghouse Books in 2007. She has poetry and essays published widely and lives in Dundalk, with her partner and six children. Other publications include Poetic Stage (1998).Barbara blogs at http://intendednot2b.blogspot.com/