Monday, September 19, 2011

Shine On: Irish Writers for Shine

Featuring many of the best-known names in Irish writing (among them, Colm Toibin, Claire Keegan, Joseph O'Connor, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Alex Barclay, Colum McCann, Kevin Barry, Paul Durcan, and many many more), Shine On is a major anthology of new Irish writing, edited by Pat Boran, with a Foreword by Miriam O'Callaghan, and with all of the writers donating their work without charge. (See below for entire list of contributors.)

We're delighted to be involved and hope the book attracts much-needed attention and support for one of the most important voluntary bodies now working with Ireland's disadvantaged. Help us spread the word.

The book was launched by Miriam O'Callaghan at the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dublin, on October 11, 2011.

 L to R: Enda Coyle-Green, Hugh McFadden (obscured), Anthony Glavin, 
Miriam O'Callaghan, Evelyn Conlon, Jack Harte and Patrick Deeley

A second event took place later that evening with readings by selected authors at the Westin Hotel, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2. Among those present were poets Paula Meehan, Tony Curtis, Gabriel Rosenstock, Liam Ó Muirthile, Aifric MacAodha, Alan Jude Moore, Billy Ramsell, Grace Wells, Enda Wyley, Patrick Deeley, Iggy McGovern, John O'Donnell and Maeve O'Sullivan, and fiction / prose writers Nuala Ní Conchuir, Philip Davison, Evelyn Conlon and Peter Sheridan. Also present were editor of The Stinging Fly journal, Declan Meade; Sarah Bannan, Literature Officer of The Arts Council; and Thomas Dillon Redshaw, recently retired from the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis, authority on the Dolmen Press and a great champion of Irish poetry through the New Hibernian Review and the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award given yearly by the university.

 L to R: Poets Tony Curtis, Mark Roper and Paul Perry

L to R: Poet Grace Wells with fiction writer/screenwriter Philip Davison 
(the recently appointed TCD Writer-in-Residence) and poet/children's author Enda Wyley


The complete list of contributors to Shine On is as follows (and to all of them we are very grateful): Alex Barclay  -  Leland Bardwell  -  Kevin Barry  -  Sara Berkeley  -  Dermot Bolger  -  Pat Boran  -  Colm Breathnach  -  Paddy Bushe  -  Philip Casey  -  Harry Clifton  -   Michael Coady  -  Evelyn Conlon  -  Susan Connolly  -  Enda Coyle-Green  -  Tony Curtis  -  Pádraig J Daly  -  Philip Davison  -  Gerald Dawe  -  John F Deane  -  Patrick Deeley  -  Greg Delanty  -  Theo  Dorgan  -  Paul Durcan  -  Christine Dwyer Hickey  -  Peter Fallon  -  Gerard Fanning  -  Gabriel Fitzmaurice  -  Miriam Gamble  -  Anthony Glavin  -  Eamon Grennan  -  Vona Groarke  -  Kerry Hardie  -  James Harpur  -  Jack Harte  -  Dermot Healy  -  Michael D Higgins  -  Rita Ann Higgins  -  Fred Johnston  -  Claire Keegan  -  Brendan Kennelly  -  Thomas Kinsella  -  Anatoly Kudryavitsky  -  Jessie Lendennie  -  Jinx Lennon  -  Dave Lordan  -  Aifric MacAodha  -  Catherine Phil MacCarthy  -  John MacKenna  -  Tom Mathews  -  Joan McBreen  -  Colum McCann  -  Molly McCloskey  -  Mike McCormack  -  Hugh McFadden  -  Iggy McGovern  -   Máighread Médbh  -  Paula Meehan  -  Lia Mills  -  Judith Mok  -  John Montague  -  Sinéad Morrissey  -  Paul Murray  -  Nuala Ní Chonchúir  -  Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin  -  Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill  -  Jean O'Brien  -  Joseph O’Connor  -  Mary O'Donoghue  -  John O'Donnell  -  Mary O'Donnell  -  Dennis O'Driscoll  -  Michael O'Loughlin  -  Nessa O'Mahony  -  Mary O'Malley  -  Liam Ó Muirthile  -  Micheal O'Siadhail  -  Leanne O'Sullivan  -  Maeve O'Sullivan  -  Paul Perry  -  Billy Ramsell  -  Maurice Riordan  -  Mark Roper  -  Gabriel Rosenstock  -  Peter Sheridan  -  Gerard Smyth  -  Peter Sirr  -  Richard Tillinghast  -  Colm Tóibín  -  Eamonn Wall  -  Grace Wells  -  David Wheatley  -  Macdara Woods  -  Vincent Woods  -  Enda Wyley