Culture Night at the Lilliput Press!
As Summer draws to a close we are finally catching our breath after a hectic few months here at Lilliput. We thought we might take a moment to recap on recent events over the last few months and take the opportunity to give the heads up on some exciting plans afoot. We are gearing up for Culture Night, our favourite night of the year as Lilliput opens her doors late into the night to welcome neighbours and friends. We are hoping to entice those curious cats into Lilliput who have perhaps wandered passed our shop but never ventured inside. Under the warm glow of candlelight, Lilliput’s legendary proprietor and editor, Antony Farrell, also known as ‘the silver fox of Stoneybatter’, will host the evening and promises not only to water and wine all but to also regale guests with stories from the world of literature. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with Antony and find out all about the world of Irish publishing. The highlight of the night will be the opportunity to meet and mingle with Donal Ryan, one of Lilliput’s, and indeed Ireland’s, most famous and lauded authors. Donal will read from his wonderful new novel, All We Shall Know, which Lilliput will launch on the night. We are busy putting the finishing touches to what we know will be a really special night here at Lilliput.
Dublin: The Heart of the City
We have had an amazing response to our recent reissue of the iconic publication Dublin: The Heart of the City, a book that comprises of text from Ronan Sheehan and memorable photography by Brendan Walsh. The book, originally published in the 1980s, gives an account of Dublin’s Northside dockland area during the eighties. Indeed many of you may well remember coming across this book in college; as it was on many a reading list for courses taught in UCD and Trinity. The images are especially poignant and hark back to a long lost Dublin that has sadly all but completely disappeared. Take a look at what the reviewers had to say about Dublin:The Heart of the City.
Tones That Are Tender: Percy French 1854-1920.
Another recent publication, Berrie O’Neill’s Tones that are Tender: Percy French 1854-1920, has also received great praise this summer from reviewers. O’Neill tells the fascinating story of the famous Irish artist and entertainer Percy French who enjoyed a rich and colourful career with his traveling variety shows that attracted a huge following in Ireland a hundred odd years ago. O’Neill describes a fascinating character who had a huge talent for poetry, music, art and comedy. The book is a joy to read and a visual treat given the vast collection that O’Neill has amassed of photographs not only of Percy French himself but also of images of his original playbills and song covers along with his poetry and paintings. O’Neill succeeds in bringing Percy French to life in this colourful book. Hear what the reviewers had to say about both of our wonderful Percy French publications, Alan Tongue’s The Love Letters of Percy French and O’Neill’s Tones that are Tender.