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.

"The McGowan Trilogy", 3 Irish Plays on stage in New York

"The McGowan Trilogy: 3 inter-related one act plays" are currently wowing sold out audiences in New York, at the cell Theatre, w 23rd street.

The book, "The McGowan Trilogy" is available from Kenny's Bookshop, with free postage worldwide.,, email:

Galway author Seamus Scanlon presents 3 new inter-related plays, based around the central character of Victor, and a new short story.

"Berryman's Fate" reading in the Irish Writers' Centre, 24 September

"Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse"
Wednesday 24 September at 6.30 in the Irish Writers' Centre.

Reading from the book are:
Moya Cannon
Harry Clifton
Gerald Dawe
Peter Denman
Maurice Devitt
Isobel Dixon
Theo Dorgan
Martin Dyar
Mark Granier
Michael O'Dea
Michael O'Loughlin
Nessa O'Mahony
Leanne Quinn
Jane Robinson
John Saunders
Peter Sirr
Nerys Williams
Vincent Woods
Enda Wyley

The editor, Philip Coleman, will give a brief introduction, followed by the readings in alphabetical order.

The book is available from Kenny's Bookshop, with post free internationally. Email, and from

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Launch of "Staying Thin for Daddy" by Deirdre Brennan, and "Fireseed" by Clemency Emmet

 Staying Thin for Daddy by Deirdre Brennan
 Fireseed by Clemency Emmet

Arlen House is delighted to invite you to the launch by Olivia O’Leary of Staying Thin for Daddy by Deirdre Brennan, and the launch by Robert O’Byrne of Fireseed by Clemency Emmet, in Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny on Sunday 10 August at 3pm, as part of Somos Todos Vulner├íveis, a festival of poetry, painting and sculptures curated by Elizabeth Cope.

Launch admission is free and all are welcome.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Maiden Names" by Martin Dyar shortlisted for Shine/Strong Award

Congratulations to Arlen House author Martin Dyar whose debut poetry collection, Maiden Names, has been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award.

The shortlist for the Shine/Strong Poetry Award 2014 is:
Tara Bergin This is Yarrow (Carcanet),
Paula Cunningham Heimlich's Manoeuvre (Smith/Doorstop),
Martin Dyar Maiden Names (Arlen House),
Nicki Griffin Unbelonging (Salmon Poetry)
Jim Maguire Music Field (Poetry Salzburg).

The Shine/Strong Award is presented annually to the author of the best first collection of poems published by an Irish poet in the previous year. The Shine/Strong Award is presented in memory of Rupert and Eithne Strong and is made possible by the generous support of Shine, the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health. The Award will be presented at the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival on Sunday 14th September 2014. Our judge for this year's award is  Mary Shine Thompson.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Martin Dyar's "Maiden Names" on Pigott Poetry Prize Shortlist

Arlen House is honoured that Maiden Names, the debut collection by Martin Dyar, has been shortlisted for the inaugural Pigott Poetry Prize, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy, UK Poet Laureate and literary critic John Boland.

The shortlist consists of:
Martin Dyar, Maiden Names (Arlen House)
Vona Groarke, X (The Gallery Press)
Sinead Morrissey, Parallax (Carcanet Press)
Maurice Riordan, The Water Stealer (Faber & Faber)
Matthew Sweeney, Horse Music (Bloodaxe)

Listowel Writers’ Week is delighted to announce the five finalists for our inaugural Pigott Poetry Prize 2014. The €5,000 award is for books of poetry written by Irish writers and has been generously supported by industrialist and philantrophist Mr Mark Pigott KBE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PACCAR Inc.

An astonishing 80 collections were submitted for the Award and confirms that poetry is not only alive and kicking on our small island, but positively thriving. Journalist and critic John Boland and UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy had the mammoth task of choosing the shortlist.

Speaking about the shortlist, John Boland said, “It was very difficult to choose among almost 80 submitted books, many of them very fine and some exceptional, but I think our shortlist reflects the range, diversity and quality of contemporary Irish Poetry.”

UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy added that she”was particularly impressed by the stunning new work reflected in the shortlist, all of whom would be a worthy winner. I hope this marvellous new award goes from strength to strength.”

On the shortlist’s announcement, Mark Pigott, whose family originated in Listowel and emigrated to the United States in the late 1890s said, “We are delighted with the tremendous response to the Pigott Poetry Prize. The shortlisted books of poetry reflect our wonderful heritage as well as the infinite variety of Irish writing.”

Maiden Names is available from, in both paperback and hardback editions, with free postage worldwide.