Sunday, December 11, 2011

Galway Launch, 21 December

Arlen House warmly invites you to celebrate beautiful books and enjoy a showcase reading by

Órfhlaith Foyle
Somewhere in Minnesota

Deirdre Brennan
Hidden Places : Scáthán Eile

Neil Donnelly
Tullamore Train

Nell Regan
Bound for Home

Nuala Ní Chonchúir
To the World of Men, Welcome

Wednesday 21 December @ 6.00pm

Galway City Library
Augustine Street

RSVP: Alan Hayes, Publisher, Arlen House at phone 086 8207617; Email:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dublin launch of 4 poetry collections, 1 December

Arlen House and Poetry Ireland

warmly invite you to the launch
of four poetry collections

Hidden Places ¦ Scáthán Eile
Deirdre Brennan

Tullamore Train
Neil Donnelly

Aibítir Aoise ¦ Alphabet of an Age
Celia de Fréine

Bound for Home
Nell Regan

Thursday 1 December @ 6.30pm

Unitarian Church
112 St Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2

RSVP: Alan Hayes, Publisher, Arlen House. Phone 086 8207617; Email:

Friday, November 11, 2011


Arlen House is delighted to link with our friends in Salmon Poetry to host a joint launch:
warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of three beautiful books
and enjoy a showcase reading by

Órfhlaith Foyle and Nuala Ní Chonchúir

who will read from their latest short fiction collections from Arlen House
Somewhere in Minnesota & To the World of Men, Welcome (expanded ed.)

Nuala will also read from her poetry collection The Juno Charm (Salmon)

Wednesday 16 November @ 7.30pm
Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

RSVP: Alan Hayes, Publisher, ARLEN HOUSE at phone 086 8207617

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Órfhlaith Foyle & Nuala Ní Chonchúir Launch Reading

ARLEN HOUSE warmly invites you to celebrate beautiful books and enjoy a showcase reading by:

Órfhlaith Foyle & Nuala Ní Chonchúir
reading from their short fiction collections


Wednesday 16 November @ 7.30pm

Irish Writers’ Centre
Parnell Square
Dublin 1

RSVP: Alan Hayes, Publisher, ARLEN HOUSE at phone 086 8207617; Email:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Honouring JAMES LIDDY at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Honouring James Liddy and His Poetry

The UWM Libraries Archives Department announces the opening of the James Liddy Papers, a collection containing Liddy’s correspondence, literary papers, and general files. We will celebrate the life and works of poet and former UWM Professor James Liddy. Colleagues, former students, and friends will honour James and read some of his poetry.

Thursday 6 October 2011 at 3 p.m.
UWM Golda Meir Library Learning Commons, 2311 E. Hartford Ave, Milwaukee.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Tom Duddy's THE HIDING PLACE on Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry

Arlen House is delighted to announce that Tom Duddy’s recently published debut poetry collection, The Hiding Place, has been shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry. The Prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best first collection published in the UK or Ireland in the preceding year.

Tom Duddy is the only Irish author to make the shortlist this year. The Hiding Place has also recently been shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Award in the UK.

The shortlist for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry:
Tom Duddy, The Hiding Place (Arlen House)
Valerie Duff, To the New World (Salmon Poetry)
Anna Robinson, The Finders of London (Enitharmon Press)
Victor Tapner, Flatlands (Salt Publishing)
Katherine Towers, The Floating Man (Picador)

The winner will be announced on 25 November 2011 at a presentation with John Montague. The Chair of the judges is Professor Harry Clifton, Ireland Chair of Poetry.

The Hiding Place can be purchased from (post-free worldwide), and

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tom Duddy's "THE HIDING PLACE" on Aldeburgh Shortlist

Arlen House is delighted to announce that Tom Duddy's recently published debut poetry collection, The Hiding Place, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Aldeburgh First Collection Award. Tom is the only Irish author and Arlen House the only Irish publisher to make the shortlist.

Shortlist announced for Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011

From 74 entries, the shortlist for the 2011 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize – one of the most influential and established poetry prizes in the UK – highlights five distinctive new voices as ‘ones-to-watch’ amongst the next generation of poets.

The Poetry Trust announced the shortlist today:

Rachael Boast, Sidereal (Picador)
Tom Duddy, The Hiding Place (Arlen House)
Nancy Gaffield, Tokaido Road (CB Editions)
Ed Reiss, Your Sort (Smith Doorstop)
Jacqueline Saphra, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (Flipped Eye Publishing Ltd)

The Hiding Place can be purchased from, and

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nuala Ní Chonchúir “TO THE WORLD OF MEN, WELCOME” expanded

Following Monday's preview (below) of the front cover of Órfhlaith Foyle’s debut short story collection, Somewhere in Minnesota, here's a sneak preview of the expanded and enlarged paperback edition of Nuala's 2nd short fiction collection, To the World of Men, Welcome, which will be available shortly.

The artwork is by Ireland's most famous woman artist, Pauline Bewick, and is entitled "Lovers and Feathers". See

Monday, August 15, 2011

Geraldine Mitchell “WORLD WITHOUT MAPS” Readings

Geraldine’s upcoming readings from World Without Maps, her Patrick Kavanagh award-winning poetry collection.

Wednesday 17 August, SLIGO
The reading takes place in Nazareth House, Church Hill, Sligo at 7pm to celebrate the launch of the Sligo Poets’ 2012 calendar.

Monday 5 September, CORK
Reading at Ó Bhéal, upstairs at The Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork, from 9pm.
Before her reading, Geraldine will be giving a “wordshop” on language and poetry, beginning at 7pm.
“Seamus Heaney has called poetry ‘language in orbit’, so let’s look at ways to get lift-off. With exercises and triggers I’ll aim to have participants take language by surprise, and hopefully surprise themselves while they’re at it”. [Cost €15 (€12 concession). For further details contact Paul on 085 712 6299 or email Ó Bhéal,

Monday 19 September, CLIFDEN ARTS FESTIVAL
Geraldine will read with Dublin poet Shirley McClure.

And a free to view reading in London, on the outside wall of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It is one of ten poems chosen as part of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Festival of Britain. This poem, ‘Flotilla’, first appeared in the Derry-based journal Abridged and is representing Northern Ireland at the South Bank Centre.

‘Heaven Scent’ Magnolia

They tack in, full rig, under cover of darkness,
dock before dawn in cement-paved ports

at wharves of picket fence. The voyage
has been long through winter’s bald estates,

gusting grit and dust have shred their sails
to votive rags, bound now to every leafless branch.

Waxen petals blood-tinged white
glow like manna at first light.


Arlen House is delighted to give a sneak preview of the front cover of Órfhlaith Foyle's stunning debut short fiction collection, Somewhere in Minnesota.

Further details to come

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Nell Regan "Bound for Home" launch reading

ARLEN HOUSE and the IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE warmly invite you to a launch reading by Nell Regan from

Bound for Home
Poetry by Nell Regan, Artwork by Monica Boyle

Wednesday 24 August @ 7pm

Irish Writers’ Centre
19 Parnell Square
Dublin 1

RSVP: Alan Hayes, Publisher, Arlen House. Phone: 086 8207617; Email:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Celebrating James Liddy: "Selected Poems" launch

Tuesday 28 June at 7pm, Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Arlen House and the Irish Writers’ Centre reflect on the work of this very influential poet.

James Liddy was born in Dublin in 1934 and started publishing with Dolmen Press in the early 1960s. He was a Professor in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for many years, teaching creative writing as well as Irish and Beat literature. James Liddy passed away on 5 November 2008 following a short illness.

Over a fifty-year career he published dozens of collections, pamphlets, limited editions, and ephemera from which poet John Redmond has chosen James Liddy's Selected Poems. The launch of this new collection gives focus to this celebration of Liddy's life and work.

Some colleagues, contemporaries, students, friends, and fans will read from the Selected Poems and reflect on James Liddy's contributions to the Irish literary canon. All are welcome.

Celia de Fréine, "Aibítir Aoise : Alphabet of an Age"

Arlen House presents the launch of Celia de Fréine’s new poetry collection, Aibítir Aoise : Alphabet of an Age, on Wednesday 29 June at 7pm in the Irish Writers’ Centre

Seánra Polannach, ina dtairgtear cuireadh don údar a bhfuil tugtha faoi deara i rith a s(h)aoil aige/aici a phlé, is ea an Leabhar Aibítre. Scríofa go hiondúil i bprós, tá sé athchóirithe i bhfoirm fhileata anseo. Míreanna dírbheathaisnéiseacha, mar aon le tuairiscí orthu siúd a bhfuil clú agus cáil bainte amach acu, a bhíonn faoi chaibidil go hiondúil ann. Lúbtar an dearcadh seo agus, cé go n-ainmnítear daoine a raibh baint acu le saolú dánta áirithe, is ar ghné fhileata an tsaothair a dhírítear. Toisc go bhfuil an seánra aistrithe go Gaeilge, ní aithnítear ach na hocht litreacha déag a bhain go traidisiúnta le haibítir na teanga sin.

The Alphabet Book is a Polish genre that invites the author to discuss what (s)he has observed during his/her life. Usually written in prose, it has here been adapted to poetic form. Autobiographical sketches and accounts of the famous are often the subject of the genre. Liberties have been taken with this approach, and while people who inspired certain poems are mentioned, the focus is on the poetic aspect of the work. As the genre has been transposed to Irish, it recognises only the eighteen letters traditionally found in that language’s alphabet.

Is file, drámadóir, scriptscríbhneoir agus leabhrógaí í Celia de Fréine. Tá ceithre leabhar filíochta i gcló aici: Faoi Chabáistí is Ríonacha (CIC, 2001), Fiacha Fola (CIC, 2004), Scarecrows at Newtownards (Scotus Press, 2005) agus imram : odyssey (Arlen House, 2010). I measc na ngradam liteartha atá buaite aici dá cuid filíochta tá Duais Patrick Kavanagh (1994) agus Gradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnachta (2004). Bhain sí Duais an Oireachtais do Dhráma ilghníomh ceithre huaire. D’fhoilsigh Arlen House trí cinn de na drámaí seo in Mná Dána i 2009. Sa bhliain chéanna chuir Amharclann na Mainistreach i láthair léiriú cleachta den dráma Casadh a coimisiúnaíodh uaithi. Taispeánadh na gearrscannáin Lorg, Seal agus Cluiche, bunaithe ar dhánta léi, i bhféilte in Éirinn agus i Meiriceá i 2007 agus 2008. I gcomhar le Biju Viswanath scríobh sí an scannán Marathon a bhain an duais don script is fearr ag Féile Idirnáisiúnta Scannán Nua-Eabhrac i 2009. Sa bhliain 2009 léirigh Living Opera, i gcomhar le Opera Ireland, taispeántas den cheoldráma The Earl of Kildare, cumtha ag Fergus Johnston, ar scríobh sí an leabhróg dó.

Celia de Fréine is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and librettist who writes in Irish and English. She has published four collections of poetry: Faoi Chabáistí is Ríonacha (2001) and Fiacha Fola (2004) from Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Scarecrows at Newtownards (Scotus Press, 2005) and imram ¦ odyssey (Arlen House, 2010). Her poetry has won many awards including the Patrick Kavanagh Award (1994) and Gradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnachta (2004). She has four times won Duais an Oireachtais for best full-length play. Arlen House published three of these plays in Mná Dána (2009). In the same year the Abbey Theatre presented a rehearsed reading of her play Casadh which it had commissioned. The short films Lorg, Seal and Cluiche, inspired by her poems, have been shown in festivals in Ireland and the US. In association with Biju Viswanath, she wrote the film Marathon which won best screenplay award at the New York International Film Festival in 2009. Also in 2009 Living Opera, in association with Opera Ireland, presented a showcase performance of the opera, The Earl of Kildare, composed by Fergus Johnston, for which she wrote the libretto.