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    

Mar
12
2018
 

The Lilliput Press regrets the loss of this vibrant figure: friend of the Press, founder of Claddagh Records, patron of poets, traditional Irish music lover, bibliophile and bon viveur. Luggala, a Petit Trianon, near Roundwood in County Wicklow, was his seat of entertainment where he hosted the great and not-so-good across art’s spectrum. We celebrate his life and the gaiety it afforded, while mourning the passing of a chief amongst men. Thank you for the days, Garech.  

Mar
08
2018
 

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, The Lilliput Press reached out to three of our most esteemed female fiction writers; Rosita Sweetman, Elske Rahill and Caroline Preston. Each one of them provided fascinating insights into the historical and generational importance of feminism. Elske Rahill, author of 2013’s Between Dog and Wolf and 2017’s In White Ink, spoke on what it means to be a feminist writer: ‘Feminism is about much more than ‘add women and stir’. It is not about coveting existing positions. Being a feminist writer means changing the parameters of literature – changing what counts as meaningful, interrogating power structures, writing silences, and ultimately destabilising the prism we have been taught to look…

Feb
23
2018
 

My name is Livia. I am a student in St. Andrews College, and I decided to spend my Transition Year work experience working in publishing at The Lilliput Press. I wanted to do publishing as I’ve always had a keen interest in literature and other humanities. I was excited to work at Lilliput since I would be able to learn about the process involved in book publishing; a combination of publicity, editorial and overall managerial work. Because Lilliput is an independent company, the work scheduling and consistency is less rigid or corporate, allowing me to experience all the different aspects and jobs involved in publishing in a hospitable environment. I have very much enjoyed my…

Feb
05
2018
 

Philip Casey, Dublin-based novelist, poet and champion of Irish writing, native of Gorey, Co Wexford, died at 5.20pm Sunday 4 February. We mourn the passing of a radiant spirit and friend of the Press, and salute his achievements. Lilliput published his first novel, The Fabulists, winner of the Listowel Book of the Year award in 1995. Sebastian Barry noted his ‘Mortally angelic writing’. He went on to be published by Picador in the UK and his poetry appeared with Dermot Bolger’s Raven Arts Press.       Antony Farrell, publisher