A Video Diary

Here at Liberties Press we love events and this summer we've organised and attended a lot of them! From the launch of Elizabeth Wassell's Sustenance to the Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival, Liberties Press authors have been speaking and reading from their works all over the country. So that we'd be able to relive some of the moments and so that you wouldn't feel left out, we started to record various bits and pieces.

Watch and enjoy!

Christine Dwyer Hickey, who launches her latest novel The Cold Eye of Heaven next month, kindly and enthusiastically launched Sustenance by Elizabeth Wassell. Here she is reading from the opening pages. 

Author Elizabeth Wassell also read from Sustenance. This unique novel focuses on the life of Lily Murphy, a restaurant critic in Dublin. It is not only a feast for the eyes but for all the senses as it pulls us into the sensuous and sumptuous world of fine wines and good food...and more besides.

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The next event on the calendar was the launch of Michael D. Higgins' New and Selected Poems, and with that the beginning of Liberties Press' poetry imprint (more to come soon)! A huge crowd gathered in the National Library of Ireland and enjoyed a wonderful evening of speeches, reading and good conversation!  

Professor Declan Kiberd launched New and Selected Poems into the reading world with his rousing words. Have a listen...

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As a committed and firm supporter of the arts, Michael D. has travelled all over Ireland this summer opening, closing, speaking at and reading at different arts and literary festivals. Caroline and I had the privilege of going to Doneraile Literary and Arts Festival with him. Once there he regaled a captive audience with readings from New and Selected Poems and we were able to get a few of them on tape:

'The poisoning'

'Bank manager faints at the mayor's ball'

'Revivalists'

'In memory deposit' & 'Brothers'

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Also at Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival was Liberties Press author Paul Soye who wrote the widely celebrated The Boy In The Gap

Paul's event was wonderfully varied, comprising of a reading by Paul himself followed by a stage reading in which The Boy In The Gap's main character Jack was played by Stephen Kealy and Alice, Jack's wife, was played by Orlaith Horgan.


Paul reading from The Boy In The Gap. This coming-of-age novel focuses on the life of Jack Sammon. A damaged boy who becomes a damaged adult, Jack finds himself 'on remand' at the very beginning of the novel after committing a heinous crime and it is from there that he tells his story.

Stage Reading Part 1

Stage Reading Part 2

 (Apologies there is a small amount of footage missing between Part 1 and Part 2.)

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The latest event to take place this summer was the launch of Declan Burke's Absolute Zero Cool. Hailed as 'genuinely original...inventive...laugh-out-loud funny...dazzling...a feat of extraordinary alchemy...', this 'genre-busting' novel has taken both the crime fiction and the fiction world by storm! John Connolly launched Absolute Zero Cool and had lots of lovely things to say about this wonderful novel.