Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Arlen House publishes "Birdie", Nuala O'Connor's new flash fiction collection

Arlen House publishes new flash fiction collection by Nuala O’Connor

Love is the central force in Birdie, a collection of sixteen historical and out-of-time flash fictions that sing with the voices of women loving and losing and learning. The characters here find strength, despite the sorrows of death and deceit: a ghost-child returns to Massachusetts to comfort her grieving mother; the daughter of a Spanish orange tycoon regrets her mother’s terrible choices; an English maid longs for, but can’t be with, her mistress’s son.

Birdie contains Nuala O’Connor’s signature ekphrastic work, drawing on artists as diverse as Matisse, da Vinci, and American painter Edwin Romanzo Elmer. The natural world looms large too: sheep and foxes roam these pages, as much as seawater washes through them.

Described by the Toronto Star as a writer of ‘magical imagination’ and by the Washington Post as ‘soaring’, O’Connor’s collection of historical flash will delight her readers, old and new.

ISBN 9781851322602 French flapped paperback €10

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Book Launches, Saturday 17 September, Pearse Street Library

Arlen House warmly invites you to the launch of 3 new books - a debut short fiction collection from Tanya Farrelly; a new poetry collection from Gerry Boland; and the collected poems of Maeve Kelly.

Saturday 17 September at 3pm
Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2

When Black Dogs Sing by Tanya Farrelly

In the Space Between by Gerry Boland
A Last Loving: Collected Poems by Maeve Kelly
Free entry and all very welcome

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Book Launches, Saturday 3 September, Pearse Street Library

Arlen House warmly invites you to the launch of 4 new poetry collections  
Saturday 3 September at 3pm
Pearse Street Library

Ireland's Legendary Women by Rosemarie Rowley
The Inexperienced Midwife by Miceal Kearney
Parvit of Agelast by Maighread Medbh
Between the Leaves edited by Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Free entry and all very welcome

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.