A new story, ‘The Weather Project’, will appear this month in All Over Ireland, a Faber anthology of contemporary short fiction, edited by Deirdre Madden. Also included are new stories by Colm Toibin, Eoin MacNamee and Mary Morrissey. Mine recounts a seventieth birthday trip to London and the different memories the city evokes for a mother and her daughters. The title comes from this exhibition by the Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson, at the Tate Modern, which they visit during the day.
I look forward to reading from ‘The Weather Project’ and discussing the short story form with Eoin MacNamee and Deirdre Madden at the International Literature Festival, Dublin on Sunday May 24th. The panel will be expertly chaired by Prof. Stephen Matterson, 6pm, Smock Alley Theatre.
Voting is open till 17th June for the RIAI People’s Choice Awards and we’re delighted that the gate lodge at Tibradden is up for a gong. Will and Marcus of Donaghy & Dimond deserve full credit for designing such a welcoming and airy space. R&U Builders also deserve special mention for their dedication in seeing the project through, as does our friend and neighbour, Gerry Farrell, who brought great skill to bear on our slow-drying, home-grown, cedar timbers. If you’d like to vote, here’s the RIAI link: Go to “Gate Lodge”
On the other hand, if you’d like to live here, the 3 bedroomed lodge is currently available to rent (on an annual lease) from July 1st. We are looking for a family who might enjoy being in the countryside and yet so close to the city (Dublin 16), ideally for over a year.
I’m delighted to let you know that I’ll be reading The Crocodile by the Door each night next week on RTE Radio One’s, Book on One. It’s a programme for night owls as it goes out at 11.10 pm after The Late Debate. It will also be available by podcast for four weeks – you’ll find all the details here:
I still remember my father taking me to Dundrum Bookshop on the Main Street to cash in the book vouchers I’d won for a school prize. I bought a collected Sylvia Plath, a collected T. S. Eliot, and two volumes of Mary Lavin’s short stories. Had I been left to my own devices, I think I might have blown the vouchers on the more ephemeral texts designed to attract the attention of a 16 year old girl. But I still have, and read, the books he recommended I buy.
I’m not sure if it was Liz Meldon who cashed up the vouchers on this occasion or whether her involvement in Dundrum Bookshop was a few years then in the future. But I’d like to think it was her, for I could feel then that next Wednesday I will come full circle when I read from The Crocodile at her current premises, the Rathgar Bookshop, where she also sells plants grown at Tibradden by Oliver and Liat Schurmann. So if you fancy a glass of wine and some entertainment, and a few perennials for your garden, come along for 7.30 pm start.