Jul
15
2020
 

Post-China Post 2 By 鲁科 It was August in 2015. I had been in the country a year. The apartment I lived in with two flatmates had a long, curving balcony, hugging half our shared space like a visor around a face. From it we looked out at a nightscape of southwest Shanghai, at many lights and different neighbourhoods, but few landmarks. A pair of towers in Xuhui that were nicknamed the ‘Lipsticks’ could be seen from it, but little else that you could put a name to. It was almost irresistible to smoke there. Cigarettes costing nothing, we would leave packs on the loose marble shelf with lighters, and indiscriminately take from them. This…

May
22
2020
 

We now begin a series of posts, one a fortnight, from a young Irish citizen-journalist and poet recently back from China where he has lived for the past five years. He awaits his return.     I have been back in Ireland for about five weeks. I’m Irish, but I lived in China for about five years, in Shanghai and Suzhou. Suzhou is the capital of Jiangsu. Jiangsu is a province adjacent to Shanghai. Suzhou has ten million people. Shanghai has about twenty-five. No one would tell you that Jiangsu people sound like the Shanghainese, just a hundred kilometers away. They will tell you that Shanghai has its own language. But Shanghai has no province….

Apr
11
2020
 

A friend and follower of The Lilliput Press chronicled his recent experience with COVID-19, as written about earlier. He here offers another tale from his youth. My very early childhood was spent in a village in West Cork, where my parents made a good living selling everything except their children to tourists. When I was three or perhaps four my hair was blond and my button nose freckled. Most, if not all, of the neighbours were swarthy and Iberian-looking. Nothing to do with Armadas! Much more ancient than that. Down in West Cork it’s a Milesian thing. Locals might ask ‘How’s it going boy?’ but they look like they’ve just popped over from Seville. I…

Mar
30
2020
 

Following Friday night’s government announcement of strict measures for people in Ireland to stay home for at least two weeks in order to curb the spread of Covid-19, we are no long able to process orders.   Customers can continue to place orders with us through www.lilliputpress.ie and through bookshop websites, but orders will not be processed and shipping has been suspected until government restrictions are lifted. We will fulfil these as soon as we are able.   We want to thank all our customers and friends who have supported our authors so enthusiastically over the past few weeks. It is a difficult situation for any author to launch a book virtually and not to…

Mar
27
2020
 

As part of Adrian Duncan’s virtual book tour for A Sabbatical in Leipzig, you can read an interview he held with Rob Doyle here.   ROB DOYLE: Hallo Adrian. I’ve spent the last two days reading your very fine new novel A Sabbatical in Leipzig. Before we talk about the book, how is it there in occupied Berlin? What’s the city like now? ADRIAN DUNCAN: It’s in lockdown now similar to the UK, but it’s been like this for the last 10 days. People walk in twos on the street, schools closed and playgrounds and all pubs and (heaven forbid) clubs too. ROB DOYLE: Yup. Same as it’s been here. Doubt I’ll be able to…

Mar
26
2020
 

Our Thursday #Sabbatical Tour event was a Twitter ‘Ask Me Anything’ hour with Adrian Duncan, author of A Sabbatical in Leipzig. The Twitter conversations can be found here – or, read on for a full compilation of questions and answers! The Lilliput Press @LilliputPress Welcome to today’s #SabbaticalTour event… an Ask Me Anything (#AMA ) with author @adrian_duncan_ ! Reply to this tweet with any questions you have! We’ll start… you travelled to Bilbao to research this book. How did your trip differ to a normal trip to a new city? #AskAdrian This might be of interest to any #BookBloggers or #BookLovers out there! And don’t forget, @DubrayBooks are offering 10% off A Sabbatical in…

Mar
13
2020
 

As of 13 March 2020, staff at the Lilliput Press are now working from home to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Submissions arriving by post will be collected once a week from the local depot. Please feel free to submit one to three chapters of your work via email to editorial@lilliputpress.ie during this period.   Web orders will be processed as normal with a 35% discount on March titles.   Emails will be monitored but we appreciate your patience with any delays in answering queries. The office telephone will not be monitored during this time. Please send all queries regarding submissions to editorial@lilliputpress.ie and all other queries to publicity@lilliputpress.ie. Thank you for you patience,…

Feb
28
2020
 

In light of recent developments, the Lilliput Press has consulted with advisors, stakeholders and the wider community. We are taking these on board and we are taking positive steps to alter our practices henceforth.