Apr
06
2020
 

A friend and follower of The Lilliput Press chronicles his recent experience with COVID-19. He has given the Press permission to share his story with you all in the hope that it will inform and amuse during these difficult days.   Been cooped up for ages. The Task Force finally called me for testing on Tuesday and I’m almost better. That’s eleven hellish days after I first reported symptoms to the GP and thirteen days after my initial fever etc. kicked in. Ironically for someone like myself with flooded lungs, the air quality is now fabulous! Living near the airport one notices these things. The once-magnificent Northwood demesne across the drive has an atmosphere of…

Apr
06
2020
 

Welcome to our Oona virtual book tour! To start the week, we are delighted to present an extract from the book, Oona by Alice Lyons. Read on, or download the extract here – Oona_Extract Oona by Alice Lyons is available for Kindle, for Kobo and from bookshops. 18 In time back when she lived. When she smelled up the car, when her fingers drummed and fingered the fluted-like-pie-crust Buick  steering wheel. When she reached her arm instinctively, braced me in the bench seat beside her every time she hit the brakes in rainy streets. Her presence pulsing, fragrancing the space. Breathwarm car, car where we faced the same way: street signs, lights, suburban streets, Jersey sights…

Mar
31
2020
 

Our Tuesday stop on our ‘Are You With Me?’ virtual book tour is a video reading by author Mike Chinoy. The excerpt describes one of the “world’s greatest organised protests” which Kevin Boyle lead in defense of Salman Rushdie after the fatwā was issued against him in 1989. Initially 1,000 writers and intellectuals from across the globe signed a letter defending the publication of Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. The signatures rose to 12,000 over the next few months. This action put Kevin and the lives of his colleagues at Article 19 at risk. To hear more about this remarkable man, you can purchase Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights…

Mar
30
2020
 

Kevin Boyle played  a major role over many years in seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. One previously unknown initiative involved his effort, with fellow lawyer Francis Keenan, to use the European Commission on Human Rights as a mechanism to seek a negotiated solution to the 1981 IRA hunger strike. That effort is the subject of this excerpt from Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement by former CNN correspondent Mike Chinoy. Kevin Boyle watched the hunger strike crisis with growing dismay.  Sympathetic to the predicament of the prisoners, and disgusted by what he and many others saw as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s intransigence,…

Mar
26
2020
 

On Tuesday, 24th of March, Adrian Duncan and Sue Rainsford had a Twitter conversation about Adrian’s new book, A Sabbatical in Leipzig as part of our virtual #SabbaticalTour. This event was in association with Dubray Books, who are offering 10% off A Sabbatical in Leipzig with the code ‘leipzig’ until Friday 27th March. Sue Rainsford’s Follow Me to Ground is also for sale through Dubray Books. The full chat can be found at this link, and we have also transcribed the interview below. We hope you enjoy! Lilliput Press (@LilliputPress) Welcome to Adrian Duncan @adrian_duncan_in conversation with Sue Rainsford (@humbird_fuil) ! Follow along as they chat about A Sabbatical in Leipzig. @DubrayBooks is offering 10% off A…

Mar
26
2020
 

35 on 35 : monuments in time — cultural interventions in which every word and image weighs. Our publisher, Antony Farrell has chosen some of his top books from 35 years of publishing.                               I 1980s SFOTSOC by Tim Robinson (pamphlet) The Rock Garden by Leo Daly (novel) Escape from the Anthill by Hubert Butler (essay) Stones of Aran x 2 vols by Tim Robinson (natural history) The Village of Longing by George O’Brien (memoir) Handbook to a Hypothetical City by Albert Rechts (satire) Season of the Daisies by Tom Phelan (novel) Hazel, A life of Lady Lavery by Sinead McCoole (biography)…

Mar
23
2020
 

As part of Adrian Duncan’s virtual book tour for A Sabbatical in Leipzig, you can read an extract here: A Sabbatical in Leipzig Extract You can purchase Adrian Duncan’s second novel here for 35% off with the code MARCH2020. ‘A book such as W.G. Sebald might have written, had he been an Irish engineer. In precise and penetrating prose, this novel probes memory and absence, and offers a vivid evocation of how love and trouble, between them, can support a life and frame a world. A quietly compelling novel from a writer of real daring and poise.’ VONA GROARKE ‘A Sabbatical in Leipzig is by turn poetic and forensic, exuberant and melancholy. At all times,…

Oct
18
2019
 

Words: Jeananne Crowley. You couldn’t have bought the quality of silence accorded to Seamus Mallon yesterday. It was sobering to be in the presence of living History. His event was relocated to St Joseph’s due to huge demand, and as the Parish Priest remarked wryly, wasn’t it very gratifying to see such a full house at 11am on a Saturday? I never heard Brendan Flynn speak as passionately as when introducing Mallon, and suddenly there he was on the altar: white-haired, slightly stooped but strong of voice and intellect. He didn’t mention his succinct remark regarding the Good Friday Agreement being “Sunningdale for slow learners” but he did say firmly how disappointed he was, and…

Sep
16
2019
 

  The Librarian of Trinity College Dublin, The Lilliput Press, Gerald Dawe and Eoin O’Brien request the pleasure of your company at a unique and special event on Thursday, October 3rd 2019, at 5:30pm in The Long Room, Old Library, Trinity College Dublin. Ethna MacCarthy: Poems, edited by Eoin O’Brien and Gerald Dawe, will be launched by the Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, with Cathy Belton to read from the book on the night. The occasion will also mark the placement of the original poems of Ethna MacCarthy in the archive of A. J. (Con) Leventhal which is being donated to the Library by Eoin O’Brien, one of the founders of the Leventhal…