Aug
01
2018
 

Donal Ryan was long listed for the Man Booker 2018 Prize on 23rd July for his latest novel From a Low and Quiet Sea. The Lilliput Press has a limited edition of the title for sale, all signed by the author. The Man Booker Prize is recognised as the leading prize for literary fiction written in English. This year the long list comprises of 13 novels. There are 2 other Irish writers on the long list, Sally Rooney and Anna Burns. The shortlist will be announced on 20th September and the winner on the 16th October. Ryan’s novel From a Low and Quiet Sea is about three men, each of whom is searching for something…

Jul
20
2018
 

On Wednesday 18th July Constance Markievicz was honoured in the House of Commons as the first elected female to the British Parliament. A photographic reproduction of an oil painting of Markievicz, owned by the Hugh Lane gallery, will go on permanent display in Westminster. This is as part of Westminster’s ‘Voice and Vote’ exhibition, which highlights the role of women within parliament. The Lilliput Press published Anne Haverty’s biography ‘Constance Markievicz: Irish Revolutionary’ in 2016. It is a landmark text in Markievicz studies, which provides a complete account of a woman often maligned and misunderstood. It is must read for anyone from the general reader to the serious student of Irish history. Constance Markievicz remains…

Jul
17
2018
 

For Culture Night on Friday 21st September, The Lilliput Press are hosting a Short Fiction Competition. We are inviting short story submissions of up to 1,000 words which should be based around the theme ‘The Heart of the City’. The team at Lilliput will choose the best short fiction from the received submissions. The finalists will then be invited to read their piece as part of Culture Night in The Lilliput Press office in Stoneybatter. The winner will be chosen by our expert panel and announced on the night. The event will run from 6.30pm on Friday 21st September. Please send the submissions by email to editorial@lilliputpress.ie by Friday 31st August. Contact Karen on 01…

Jun
25
2018
 

The Stoneybatter Festival ran from Friday 22nd June to Sunday 24th June. It was a fantastic festival that featured a series of events, which highlighted the pride people have in this area and the sense of community that there is. The Lilliput Press ran three events on Saturday. We kicked off with a children’s mindfulness workshop in the morning. Louise Shanagher, the author of the Mindfully Me series, led the children with mindfulness exercises, and encouraged them to draw pictures depicting how they felt. Next up we had Bernard Neary, the author of the ever-popular Dublin 7, give a fascinating talk on the history of Stoneybatter. He was joined by The Cruelty Men writer, Emer…

Jun
19
2018
 

Bloomsday at Lilliput was celebrated on Friday 15th, on the eve of the day itself. Our event began in the early evening with Burgundy and Gorgonzola reminiscent of Leopold Bloom stopping in Davy Byrne’s in Ulysses. Sam Coll, the author of The Abode of Fancy kicked off the night by giving an energetic reading of passage from Finnegans Wake. Next, we had the main event of the evening – the launch of The Mookse & the Gripes as illustrated by Thomas McNally. This beautifully illustrated book went down a treat with all the attendees, as did the speech Thomas made, thanking his family for their support. Emer Martin, the author of The Cruelty Men did…

Jun
18
2018
 

On Thursday 15th June, we launched of The Cruelty Men by Emer Martin in Hodges Figgis. She was introduced by the poet Michael O’Loughlin who suggested her novel could have been called The Great Irish Novel, such is its depth and breadth. Emer spoke about the 7 year long process of writing this book. She conducted pain-staking research after the idea of the book was formed following the release of both the Ryan and Murphy Reports. Emer concluded by reading three extracts from The Cruelty Men, ending with a powerful passage on the state of our nation, ‘Under the toll roads that they built to slice through a Neolithic  world they refused to understand. Under the…

Jun
12
2018
 

It is a busy week for launches here at The Lilliput Press. On Thursday 14th June we have the launch of The Cruelty Men by Emer Martin in Hodges Figgis at 6. Emer’s book is a sweeping, multi-generational family saga which follows the psychic and physical displacement of a society in freefall after independence. Abandoned by their parents when they resettle in Meath, Mary O’Conaill faces the task of raising her younger siblings alone. Padraig disappears, Seán joins the Christian Brothers, Bridget escapes and her brother Seamus inherits the farm. Maeve pregnant and unwed, is placed in a Magdalene Laundry where her twins are forcibly removed. The Cruelty Men tells an unsentimental tale of survival…

May
31
2018
 

On Friday 1st June 2018 we mark the 11th year of the death of John Moriarty. The Irish writer, poet, mystic and philosopher was a much beloved figure in Ireland.  The poet Paul Durcan has described Moriarty as ‘the original, radical, non-conformist questioner’. Born in 1938 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry, Moriarty studied philosophy in UCD before lecturing at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He left academia to move to Connemara to work as a gardener. After which he retired to Kerry to live at the foot of the Mangerton Mountain. Initially published by The Lilliput Press in 1994, he became one of the greats within Irish literature. His first book, Dreamtime, delves into Irish…

Apr
18
2018
 

Who are you and what is your role at Lilliput Press? My name is Shauna, and I am the current publicity intern for The Lilliput Press. The main aspects of my job are all based around social media and event organization – two tasks that complement each other well. I organize all the book launches for our upcoming releases. This involves securing a venue, negotiating fees, ensuring there will be a crowd, accommodating guest speakers and organizing the sale of books at the event. My social media management is crucial to this job as it is one of the main ways in which I publicize the event. What Lilliput Release are you most looking forward…

Mar
21
2018
 

On this World Down Syndrome Day in memory of my mother Patricia Farrell (1914-2004) and dear brother Brian Farrell (1948-2014), for whom she founded St Michael’s House in 1955. –Antony Farrell, Publisher