New Spring 2014 Titles Published! 6 April 2014 – Posted in: Uncategorised

We here in Cois Life sent our ‘Spring Collection’ of books down the runway in The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar on Friday the 4th of April 2014. In some ways it was a going back to our roots as the company was founded close to the cultural quarter and of course our name and logo refer to the Liffey (and books floating in it!).

The inimitable Cathal Póirtéir was Master of Ceremonies and blended chat, music, readings, wine, reminiscences – and one passing, but curious hen party! – to make ‘The Library Project’ into a genuine literary salon where the works under consideration ranged from meta-journalism, through short stories and fiction to children’s literature:

Scéal Scéil: rúndiamhra na meán edited by Breandán Delap

Sciorrann an tAm (short stories) by Orna Ní Choileáin

Daideo (children’s literature) by hÁine Ní Ghlinn

An Colm Bán (fiction) by Liam Ó Muirthile

The evening proper began with the new Language Commissioner, Rónán Ó Domhnaill, discussed the importance of journalism to society by way of launching Scéal Scéil. Breandán Delap had persuaded some of Ireland’s finest journalists and media practitioners to contribute to the book, he pointed out: Deaglán de Bréadún; Paul Drury; Cilian Fennell; Cathal Mac Coille; Rónan Mac Con Imaire; Harry McGee; Antain Mac Lochlainn; Póilín Ní Chiaráin; Máirín Ní Ghadhra; Gormfhlaith Ní Thuairisg; Pádhraic Ó Ciardha; Seán Ó Cuirreáin; Seán Tadhg Ó Gairbhí; Máirtín Ó Muilleori; and Pól Ó Muirí.
After that, the other authors spoke about their books, beginning with Orna Ní Choileáin who read an extract from one of the new short stories in her latest collection Sciorrann an tAm – her first since Canary Wharf was published in 2009 – a book which won several literary awards for Ní Choileáín – to say nothing of a cult following for this young writer with her highly individual style.

When Áine Ní Ghlinn described how she came to write her novella for children Daideo, she illustrated perfectly what inspiration itself is –  nothing other than human curiosity about the threads of possibilites which spool out of the question “what would happen if ….”. Quite a few people were curious enough to head straight to the bookshop to buy a copy of the the book after Ní Ghlinn spoke. As Cathal Póirtéir remarked, anyone – child or adult – who enjoys good writing will want to read this book.

Following Áine Ní Ghlinn came another tour de force performance, this time from Liam Ó Muirthile who spoke about the main character of his novel An Colm Bán, Nora Buckley, a servant from West Cork, who becomes a dancer on the stage of the Folies Bergère in Paris in the years after the First World War, and alongside it, an author searching for her story in present day Paris.

All the books are available in good bookshops and from where they are available in paper and ebook formats.

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