With the Rising celebrations, Easter Weekend, and the launch of one of our new books in a beautiful castle, March was an eventful month for Ireland and for us here at Lilliput! We released four (phew) new titles, garnered reviews from the Irish Times, the Irish Arts Review, and many more – we even caught the eye of the Mail Online. Herewith, a round-up of what we got up to in the whirlwind blink-and-you’ll-miss-it month that was March 2016.
MEDIA & REVIEWS
John Behan: The Bull of Sheriff Street by Adrian Frazier received some terrific reviews from The Irish Times and the Irish Arts Review this month. The book is praised for its genuineness and its good-natured spirit, as well as Frazier’s insightful examination of the artist’s struggles with the establishment.
Check out The Irish Times‘ review here, and the Irish Arts Review below:
Meanwhile, Aidan Mathews‘ Charlie Chaplin’s Wishbone got a great write-up over at the Irish Independent. Read it here.
In publishing news, our founder Antony was interviewed as part of Alison Walsh’s feature in the Irish Independent on the resurgence of ‘lovely books.’ He talks about our special edition of The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy, and there are insightful details added by a number of industry experts. It’s well worth a read!
We recently republished Aodogan O’Rahilly‘s Winding the Clock as simply The O’Rahilly earlier this month, with a new forward from Manchan Magan which was featured in The Irish Times. Read it here! A highly acclaimed play about the love story between The O’Rahilly and his wife Nannie, entitled The Unsung Hero and written by David Gilna, is currently enjoying a run at the Theatre Upstairs until April 2nd. For more details click here.
We also released the very exciting and revealing biography of Lawrence of Arabia this month: The Boy in the Mask, by Dick Benson-Gyles. Charting the unknown story of Lawrence’s father and of the cryptic dedication to S.A. in the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Benson-Gyles’ enthusiasm for his subject shines through on every page, making this a thoroughly engaging read.
March also saw the release of The Indignant Muse: Poetry and Songs of the Irish Revolution 1887-1926, a collection that was edited by Terry Moylan. Although its official launch won’t be until mid-April, this unique collection is now available to purchase from our website here.
Finally, we published Mary Telford and Louise Verity‘s visual delight, SINS, at the end of the month. Seven stories follow as many Deadly Sins in a universe saturated in primary colours and devious characters who embrace their inner demons to startling effect! Check out some exclusive images from the book in our gallery.
The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Mountains to Sea Book Festival took place this month, and The Lilliput Press was very well represented! Donal Ryan spoke about prose and method on Saturday, while our founder Antony Farrell helped Books Ireland Magazine celebrate their Ruby Anniversary (that’s 40 years!) with a panel on the future of little (but mighty!) publishers like ours. All in all, it was a fantastic festival, and congratulations to all of those who organised it.
Rob Doyle‘s Here Are The Young Men was named by Hot Press as one of the 20 Best Irish Novels since 1916 – Rob was also nommed alongside Donal Ryan and Aidan Mathews for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize earlier this month.
The highlight of the month was, without doubt, our exclusive Killua Castle Party with Lorena and Allen Sangines-Krause to celebrate the publication of The Boy in the Mask. Killua Castle was the seat of T.E. Lawrence’s Irish family, and the night was a very illustrious affair.
Irish Interest‘s Vincent P. Bartley interviewed Dick before he went on stage for his speech – check it out here!
And that’s it for this month! We’re looking forward to our Dublin Launch of The Boy in the Mask (details here) on the 6th of April, and to the publication of Constance Markievicz: Irish Revolutionary in mid-April. Keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook, and look out for our Friday Archive, coming up on the 8th!