Liberties Upstairs was our own bookshop, co-located with our first floor offices at 140 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W. It offered our books, as well as prints and cards by local artists, literary events and a monthly book club. As part of its office move in autumn 2016, the decision was taken to close the Liberties Upstairs shop; all Liberties Press titles are now available via this website (as well as from Amazon.co.uk and bookshops). Thanks to our regular – and occasional – customers, and to Chris and her colleagues for their contribution to the cultural life of Terenure over a period of several years.
On a related note, we were sorry to see the recent closure of south Dublin landmark The Rathgar Bookshop, and would like to wish Liz and her colleagues all the best for the future. Changing footfall in city-centre and suburban shopping areas, and the growth of online retail trading, were cited as factors that affected the move. Meanwhile, The Village Bookshop offers an excellent selection of new and secondhand books, at various markets as well as in their shop in Terenure. The book is dead; long live the book!
Scroll down the page for a general overview of our publisher's bookshop, and browse the other pages in the Liberties Upstairs section for more details about our book club, culture club events and the arts and crafts that we have on sale here. We are always interested in giving space to local crafters' work, so please get in touch if you make something you think we could stock. To get an idea of what we stock at present, just scroll down the page.
We exist mainly to showcase and to sell Liberties Press titles (at a modest discount), but we have broadened our stock range from that initial base. Our range now includes a small second-hand section, stocking literary fiction and non-fiction in excellent condition. We will be gradually expanding the second-hand section so keep calling back!
As you'll see, we also stock books from a few other small or micro publishers as well as some self published titles and limited edition artists' books. At present we sell titles from Little Island, Irish Academic Press, University College Press and Roads Press. We have exquisite numbered limited edition books from Jamie Murphy's Salvage Press. In our poetry section, you can find chapbooks from Jessamine O'Connor (of the Hermit Collective) and a poetry collection from Paul Martin, alongside poetry collections from Doghouse Books.
CRAFTs and Gifts AT LIBERTIES UPSTAIRS
In addition to our range of books, we also stock arts and crafts by local artists. At present we have a selection of multi- media pieces by Aine O'Connor, created from found and re-used fabrics and jewellery. These abstract artworks retail at €40 and would make an excellent gift. Each piece is unique and is ready framed for hanging.
We also have some lovely paper flowers made by www.theupcyclemovement.com which are created from recycled book pages. The flowers retail at €2 each and come in either sepia or white paper. They are a very popular with our customers as a small gift for any occasion, or perhaps just to say thank you... The Upcycle Movement also produce a lovely teddy bear kit made from rescued fabric, called Textile Ted which sells for €25.
A recent addition to our stock is a range of necklaces from Trish Munroe at WhimsyJig from Co Meath (Facebook.com/WhimsyJig). Some of her necklaces are in the form of tiny books, leather bound and with blank pages and a binding thong, (€19.90). A lovely keepsake gift. The leather used is reclaimed from other articles, so we are continuing our theme of upcycled gifts with this range. Trish has also produced some incredibly tiny books in glass phials on a chain. A bookish variation on the familiar ship in a bottle ornament, (€24.90). To complete her range, she offers a selection of literary quotes set in oval pendants, (€19.90).
Our latest gifts are some beautiful hand embroidered brooches from textile artist Mary Moorkens. We have a selection of these incredibly detailed silk brooches, which sell at €23. Mary also has cards and larger abstract framed pieces on sale here, so do come in and have a look. All of her work incorporates eco-dyed silk and antique lace in the designs.
Why not come in and have a look at our gift ideas?
OUR RANGE OF GREETINGS CARDS
At Liberties Upstairs we have a great selection of cards available from which to choose. If you are buying a book as a gift, why not buy one of our greetings cards to go with it? We stock cards from Paperbear (open and occasion) Mud Puddles and The Upcycle Movement. New to our range in 2015 has been Susan Meaney's lovely Burren Flower Fairy cards, of which we have open and occasion designs. Another new design range comes from Pixi-Art, also blank for your own words. Our latest range is from Cartai Rubai, of Co Wicklow who make quirkily designed Irish Language greetings cards.
We also have a selection of hand painted cards from Christina O'Donovan and unique hand made cards from Colin Eaton. Both Colin's and Christina's cards would be ideal to keep and frame, thus being a both a card and a gift in one. Another new addition is a selection of unique hand embroidered cards on eco dyed silk from textile artist Mary Moorkens.
Magazines and journals stocked by Liberties Upstairs
A new addition to our stock is The Dublin Inquirer, (€3) a new venture by journalists Lois Kapila and Sam Tranum. We are pleased to say that Banshee Literary magazine (€8), sits happily alongside, so you know where to come for fresh and exciting new reading! Tangible magazine's editor is taking a break for a while, but we still have copies of a couple of editions of this lively general interest magazine available. Finally, in this section we have some copies of a limited edition artist book from designer Nikki Foster, Awesome Monster, (€5) which is based on her experiences of becoming a mother.
Artists at Liberties Upstairs:
We have work on display and available to purchase from Colin Eaton, Christina O Donovan, Teri Farrell and Mary Moorkens. Here is a selection of prints and paintings available at Liberties Upstairs. We also have limited edition numbered and signed prints from Wendy Shea, taken from the recent Liberties Press title An Obstacle Confusion. In addition, available to order is a Neil Shawcross print (Stoney Road Press) of the original design for Rebecca Reid's Thickets Wood.