LAUNCH OF EUREKA DUNES, LONG-AWAITED NEW NOVEL FROM PHILIP DAVISON
Rock superstar Sir Bob Geldof made a surprise visit to Dublin on Saturday to launch Eureka Dunes, the latest novel from Philip Davison. In front of a 200-strong crowd, Geldof described Davison (alongside Joseph O'Connor, who was also present) as one of Ireland's finest writers, comparing him to greats such as Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and John le Carré. He also praised the courage of "rebel press" Liberties, which has undergone a significant restructuring in the past year. Davison, whose book The Crooked Man was turned into a TV drama starring Ros Kemp, thanked the Arts Council for their support, and read a passage from the novel, which centres on a young boy who is found wandering in the Mohave Desert by American Indians in the 1970s.
Staff at bookshop Hodges Figgis were delighted with the turnout, and pointed out that, despite continuing upheaval in various print media, book sales in Ireland are increasing by more than 20 percent, year on year.
Eureka Dunes is available from www.libertiespress.com and usual outlets, priced at €14.99
Our launch event
The event that both launched Liberties Upstairs, and its event programme, was held on 29 January 2014. Three of our authors were kind enough to come along to give readings and to take part in a discussion afterwards. We invited Tom Clonan (Whistleblower Soldier Spy), Joe Joyce (Echoland) and Mary Kenny (Something of Myself) to participate in our very first event. The evening attracted a good audience and we had a lively discussion after each author had given a reading.
Discussion on the Easter Rising
This event was held at Liberties Upstairs on 30 April 2014, inspired by the often heated discussions in the press about the upcoming centenary of the 1916 Rising and how it should be marked. We invited Annie Ryan (Comrades, Witnesses) and Risteard Mulcahy (My Father the General) to participate in a discussion chaired by historian Margaret MacCurtain.
LAUNCH OF MOYRA DONALDSON'S THE GOOSE TREE
It was wonderful to hold the Dublin launch of The Goose Tree at Liberties Upstairs on 26 June 2014. Fellow Liberties poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice (The Lonesome Road) kindly agreed to launch Moyra's book and also, as a bonus to read from his own work. A great evening was had by all!
Preview event for new liberties press titles
We held this slightly differently-themed event on 27 August 2014, to highlight new and upcoming Liberties Press titles. The focus of the evening was a power point presentation and a promotional video especially made for our new title Sister Caravaggio (edited by Peter Cunningham). The event was aimed at the book trade but was also open to the general public. Our editors Sam Tranum, Hannah Lyons and Zoe Jellicoe introduced the titles that they had been working on and everyone had a preview of some of Karen Vaughan's new book jacket designs. It was a great opportunity for book trade members to meet and chat over a glass of wine.
THE ART OF STORYTELLING: THREE WRITERS
This reading and discussion event on 5 November 2014, explored turning memories into fiction, what makes a good storyteller and why we need to both tell and hear stories. We invited three fiction writers, Lane Ashfeldt, Carmen Cullen and Andrew Nugent to read and to take part in a q and A session afterwards. All of these writers have mined their past in their work, so it was fascinating to take part in the discussion.