Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Arlen House Kavanagh Award Winners in Books Upstairs, 11 August

Thursday 11 August at 7pm, Books Upstairs, Dublin 

Martin Dyar, Ann Leahy, Geraldine Mitchell and Connie Roberts 
winners of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry

As part of Arlen House's 40th anniversary celebrations we are delighted to present four winners of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Ireland's most prestigious poetry prize. Arlen House has published the critically-acclaimed debut collections of these four writers, all of whom will take part in a reading in our first floor café on Thursday 11th August. We hope you'll join us for this summer evening of poetry! 

Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine and can be purchased directly from Books Upstairs for only €6 if you'd like to avoid the booking fee. Please phone 01-6778566. Advance booking recommended.

Martin Dyar’s debut collection Maiden Names (Arlen House, 2013, 2015) was a book of the year selection in both the Guardian and The Irish Times, and was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He was a writer in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2013.

Ann Leahy’s debut collection is The Woman who Lived her Life Backwards (Arlen House, 2008). Her poems have twice been commended in the British National Poetry Competition. She grew up in Co Tipperary and lives in Dublin. She practised as a solicitor and worked in the management of a national not-for-profit organisation and is now completing a Ph.D.

Dublin-born Geraldine Mitchell lives on the County Mayo coast. She won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and has since published two collections: World Without Maps (Arlen House, 2011) and Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014). Other publications include two novels for young people and a biography of Muriel Gahan.

Connie Roberts, an Offaly native, emigrated to the United States in 1983. She won the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Award and her debut collection Little Witness (Arlen House, 2015) was shortlisted for the Strong Award. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University, New York.

Bookings to 01 6778566

Gondla launch at Kilkenny Arts Festival

7 August at 6pm, The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Arts Festival
Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, will launch Philip McDonagh’s translation of Gumilyov’s play Gondla, preceded by a discussion on ‘Russia and the Rising’ with Philip McDonagh, Barbara Dawson and Fintan O’Toole.

The launch will include performances from the play directed by Luke Morgan.

Book Launches, 6 August, Pearse Street Library

 Arlen House warmly invites you to the launch of 2 poetry collections and 2 short fiction collections 

Saturday 6 August at 1pm, 
Pearse Street Library

Liminal Blue by Ted Deppe
The Price of Desire by Phyl Herbert
Jobs for a Wet Day by Ger Reidy
Other Routes by Mary Turley-McGrath

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

40 Years after Women in Irish Society: The Historical Dimension. Creating a New Future for Irish Women's History

Women’s History Association of Ireland Autumn Seminar 2015
in association with Arlen House
40 Years after Women in Irish Society: The Historical Dimension
Creating a New Future for Irish Women's History

Roundtable featuring: Lindsey Earner Byrne, Margaret Ward, Conor Reidy and Mary O’Dowd
Chaired by Mary Cullen

Response by Margaret Mac Curtain

Venue: Boston College, St. Stephen’s Green
Date: Saturday 28 November 2015, 3–5pm

As we are proceeding through the ‘decade of centenaries’ it is important to reflect also on some important landmarks in women’s history in Ireland. 2015 marks a trifecta of anniversaries that have had a significant impact on the course of women’s history in Ireland: it is forty years since the UN declared it to be the International Women’s Year when global reflections and celebrations of women occurred; it is also forty years since the ground-breaking Thomas Davis series of lectures that was to become Women in Irish Society: The Historical Dimension, edited by Margaret Mac Curtain and Donncha Ó Corráin, often seen as the foundational text of the discipline of women’s history in Ireland; and finally, it is forty years since the foundation of the publisher of that collection, Arlen House, a stoic supporter of scholars in the field since its inception. This event seeks to reflect on the seminal essays contained in Women in Irish Society through a roundtable delivered by a range of scholars reflecting on the impact of the book and the future of women’s history in Ireland.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Hearts and Minds: An Evening with Donal Ryan and Martin Dyar

The multi-award-winning Irish writers Donal Ryan and Martin Dyar will read at a very special event at the Gateway Hotel in Swinford on November 29th at 8pm.

The Booker-nominated novelist Donal Ryan, author of the international bestseller The Spinning Heart, and the Patrick Kavanagh Award winning poet Martin Dyar, whose collection Maiden Names was a book of the year in both the Guardian and the Irish Times, will read from both their own work and excerpts from each other’s work in a special call and response format. The two writers will also offer reflections on their writing process and the centrality of rural Ireland to their work. The event will be followed by a book signing, a perfect opportunity to get signed books for Christmas presents.

Donncha O’Connell, professor of Law at NUI, Galway, will introduce the two writers. The reading is curated by the literary publisher Arlen House, currently celebrating its 40th birthday. Please contact the Gateway Hotel, Swinford, on 0949252156 to book tickets at €10 each. And see the Gateway Hotel Facebook page. Those attending are advised to come early.

Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, was a number one bestseller in Ireland and a Boston Globe bestseller in the US. He won Best Newcomer and overall Book of the Year at the 2012 Irish Book Awards, the 2013 Guardian First Book Award in the UK, and the 2015 EU Prize for Literature. The Spinning Heart was long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was a finalist for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was recently added to the Leaving Cert prescribed syllabus. Donal’s second novel, The Thing About December, was also a number one bestseller. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the 2013 Irish Book Awards and the 2014 Kerry Group Novel of the Year, and was nominated for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His most recent book is the short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun, currently receiving rave reviews. His third novel, A Drifting Smoke, will be published in March 2016. Originally from Co. Tipperary, Donal Ryan lives in Limerick with his wife Anne Marie and their two young children. He holds the 2015 Arts Council Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Limerick, where he teaches Creative Writing.

Martin Dyar’s debut collection of poems Maiden Names (Arlen House, 2013, 2015) was a book of the year selection in both the Guardian and The Irish Times, and was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the Irish poet Thomas Moore. Martin won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Award in 2001 and has been the recipient of two Arts Council Bursary Awards for literature. A graduate of NUI Galway, and Trinity College Dublin, most recently he was a writer in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Maiden Names was described by the poet Bernard O’Donoghue: ‘Martin Dyar’s narratives about the strangeness of the everyday have a vividness and colour which are a thrilling new development in Irish poetry. Their eloquence and life clear the boards of anything tired or familiar, making room for the language of poetry to move into new areas to cope with the central moments of people’s lives. This is a book of real importance and originality.’

Monday, December 8, 2014

Belfast: 5 new poetry books being launched

Arlen House warmly invites you to celebrate the launch of 5 new books this week in Belfast

Tuesday 9 December at 7pm, An Culturlann, Falls Road
"An Fear Glas : The Green Man" by Cathal O Searcaigh
"An tAmharc Deireannach : The Last Look" by Colette Ni Ghallchoir
"Dambatheanga : Damlanguage" by Micheal O Ruairc

Wednesday 10 December at 6pm, No Alibis Bookstore
"Grim" by Kate Newmann
"Beautiful Wheel" by Theodore Deppe

All very welcome

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Orfhlaith Foyle reading in the Ulster Hall

Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin

Orfhlaith Foyle is reading from her major new collection of short stories, "Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin", in the Ulster Hall, 24 September at 1pm.

Presented in association with the John Hewitt Society.

"Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin" is available in paperback and in limited edition signed and numbered hardback.,

Trade orders to Argosy.