In a conversation that ranged from the eclectic to the earthy, with poems ranging from childhood memories of planting flowers to defiance of corrupt Authority figures, to even a few interruptions by noisy seagulls, poet Ruth Farr amused and delighted all who came to hear her. We made a recording of the event - check it out right here. Its about 45 mins long - enjoy.
RUTH FARR IN CONVERSATION WITH EAMONN LYNSKEY
Seven Towers are accepting submissions to Census 4, the fourth Seven Towers Anthology. This Anthology is a collaboration between the spoken word and the written word all contributors are committed to performing and reading their work in public places and all have read at events organised by or participated in by Seven Towers.
Seven Towers are delighted to announce the publication of Oran Ryan’s Novel ‘One Inch Punch’ - first published on the 15th November 2012. Here We have the SECOND EDITION, rewritten in parts 21 05 2013
Title - One Inch Punch
Author – Oran Ryan
Genre – fiction
ISBN : 9780957151086
Brief synopsis – An intellectually gifted child, Gordon Brock, is brutally bullied and takes revenge on his tormentor. Gordon meets his tormentor decades after the abuse and torture ends and seemingly Gordon, now a successful author and former psychotherapist is writing his own life story. The novel focuses on the long-term effects of the bullying throughout the protagonists life.
"Dublin novelist Oran Ryan’s latest novel One Inch Punch was discussed by Senator David Norris in a recent Seanad Debate on bullying. On 14 November 2012, describing Oran as a talented novelist, Senator Norris went on to say that One Inch Punch is “a very subtle book, revolving entirely around the devastating impact of bullying on a child in a school for gifted children.” Senator Norris launched One Inch Punch on 15 November 2012, describing the books as “engaging”, “terribly funny . . . clever and quirky” and “heartbreaking in places”. He also likened some passages to the work of Flann O’Brien."
Quote from Vanessa Fox O Loughlin article at writing.ie
Page count 390
Release date – 21 05 2013
Price 11.99 Euros
Oran Ryan is a novelist, poet and playwright from Dublin. His poetry, short stories and literary criticism have appeared in magazines worldwide. His novels The Death of Finn and Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger were published in 2006. One Inch Punch is his third novel.
On Thursday 11 April The Seven Towers Agency presents poetry and prose readings on the theme of 'Jesters, Jokes and Conundrums' at 6.30 pm inThe Workmans Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. All Welcome. Check www.seventowers.ie
On Wednesday 24 April The Seven Towers Agency holds its regular Last Wednesday Open Mic for poetry and prose at 7.00 pm in The Twisted Pepper Café, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. All Welcome. Check www.seventowers.ie
This April is the Seven Towers Agency’s 7th Birthday, and we’re painting the town black, white and read all over.
All Seven Towers books will be priced at €7 for the duration of the April celebration for anyone who attends one of our events, or participates virtually.
We have a rich itinerary of events lined up for the month of April
·April 3rd – the First Tuesday Lunchtime for April, hosted by Eamon Lynskey, and with Seven Towers’ poets Ross Hattaway (The Gentle Art of Rotting and Pretending to be Dead) and Alma Brayden (Prism), 1.15pm White Lady Gallery, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
·April 6th All Day – our Official Birthday, this will be the launch of the new e-book editions of Oran Ryan’s novels: The Death of Finn, Ten Short Novels by Arthur Kruger and his latest One Inch Punch. Seven Towers launched itself with the publication of The Death of Finn on 6th April 2006.There will be a webchat and audio excerpts available online for virtual attendees – more info will be forthcoming at seventowers.ie
·April 13th All Day– the Launch of the e-book edition of Cut and Run in the Bronx by John Liam Shea. There will be a webchat and audio excerpts available online for virtual attendees – more info will be forthcoming at seventowers.ie
·April 16th celebrations across the pond with John Kearns of the Irish American Writers and Artists (http://www.i-am-wa.org) at the salon in the Cell Theatre338 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011 – readers will include John Liam Shea author of Cut and Run in the Bronx and Lissa Kiernan who featured in the Seven Towers Census Anthology.
·April 18th – Seven Towers showcase at the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, featuring the Mount Temple School Writes of Passage workshop for young writers – who have just released their anthology The Clock Tower Ghost and Other Writings,which was launched by Roddy Doyle on 28 February 2013. Irish Writers Centre, 6.30pm
·April 20th All Day– Launch of ebook editions of Gentle Art of Rotting and Pretending to be Dead by Ross Hattaway. There will be a webchat and audio excerpts available online for virtual attendees – more info will be forthcoming at seventowers.ie
·April 24th – the Last Wednesday Open Mic and Social for April, Twisted Pepper Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, 7.30pm.
·April 27th – the final event for our birthday month will be ebook launches of books including And Suddenly the Sun Again, by Eamonn Lynskey and Prism by Alma Brayden, Paradise Alley by John D Sheridan (Introduction by Sarah Lundberg and Joe Mooney) and a series of webchats and audio excerpts available online for virtual attendees – more info will be forthcoming at seventowers.ie
·More events to be announces as the coolness spreads!!
We are delighted to have a reading plus general celebration with the fine folks at the Irish Writers Centre celebrating 7 Towers reaching the ancient age of seven (hence the training wheels in the picture).
To add to our pleasure we have the writers of the Clock Tower Ghost and other stories doing a very special showcase reading there at the Centre - Mount Temple students Rebecca Gibney, Rachael Meehan, Fionn Ó Maoileoin, Rey Christian Jordan Sabong and Rosa Whelan, facilitators Ross Hattaway, Sarah Lundberg, Liz McSkeane and Oran Ryan, and Mount Temple English teacher Michael Tubridy.
The book Writes of Passage Vol 1 is the Mount Temple Comprehensive School creative writing workshop. It started as a Transition Year initiative and has progressed beyond that to be open to all students. The concept for this book came out of an exercise give to all participants in the workshop – including tutor and guest writers. The starting point was a story that has been passed around the school among students and teachers about the ghost in the school clock tower. The alleged ghost of is a former student who, running away and hiding to avoid sitting exams, manages to injure himself and get locked in the tower for a number of weeks, until he passes from being student to his ghostly state. The exercise was to use this story as a starting point and to write something, based on their particular style and genre. The outcome is this book, where each contributor has one story or poem written from that starting point, with many exciting and different results
This is an event for everyone. We just wanted to make our newest writers especially welcome. Drop by for a chat!
Writes of Passage Vol 1 is the Mount Temple Comprehensive School creative writing workshop. It started as a Transition Year initiative and has progressed beyond that to be open to all students. The concept for this book came out of an exercise give to all participants in the workshop – including tutor and guest writers. The starting point was a story that has been passed around the school among students and teachers about the ghost in the school clock tower. The alleged ghost of is a former student who, running away and hiding to avoid sitting exams, manages to injure himself and get locked in the tower for a number of weeks, until he passes from being student to his ghostly state. The exercise was to use this story as a starting point and to write something, based on their particular style and genre. The outcome is this book, where each contributor has one story or poem written from that starting point, with many exciting and different results.
LAUNCH OF J L SHEAS NOVEL CUT AND RUN IN THE BRONX
Seven Towers are delighted to announce the launch of
Cut and Run in the Bronx
John Liam Shea
On Nov 21st at 7pm at the Irish Writers Centre Parnell St.
The novel will be launched by Helena Mulkerns
This excellent novel is available for pre order here :
$15 or E10 with Free Post and Packaging
Shipped on 21st Nov.
This fluidly written, erudite, comic novel deals with the deeply serious subject of the darker side of the vast urban landscape of New York, and how one might find a moral compass to navigate and deal with the types of carnage and bloodshed that constitutes the experience of the NYPD. This is an intelligent writer, with a feel for words, with a tremendous lyrical flow, a rich humanity, and a feel for his subject.
Colum McCann, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner, and author of Let the Great World Spin,says of Cut and Run in the Bronx, "Extremely funny, smooth, and well written."
Author Billy Barrett calls Cut and Run in the Bronx, “the funniest book since A Confederacy of Dunces."
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’