I was so humbled and grateful to be joined by friends and family, as well as other kind supporters of my writing, at the book launch of The Irish Outlander on March 21st in Dublin.
The Irish Writers Centre provided their wonderful Kiely Room, overlooking the capital city’s Garden of Remembrance, as the venue to launch my latest book, available now in paperback and for Kindle. The wonderful Darragh Doyle was kind enough to launch the book officially for me, giving the audience a glowing review of it, while also relating it to his own experience of the Irish community abroad, through his work with the @ireland Twitter account, and his recent work with the St. Patrick’s Festival in London.
I read a chapter from the book which focused on the night I organised a ciorcal comhrá in a Nottingham pub, which was also published by theJournal.ie on St. Patrick’s Day. After thanking everyone for coming along, we caught up over a glass or two of wine, and relaxed in the Georgian style room, before I needed to catch a bus back to Cork!
As an independent writer, with neither a literary agent nor a huge reserve of cash to throw into advertising, I was so grateful to everyone who has supported this book, from friends to family to perfect strangers. I’m also delighted for the media reaction to, and support for, my latest work. Despite The Irish Outlander being written in English, I’m especially grateful to the Irish-language media, particularly Raidió na Life, NewsTalk, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and NÓS* magazine, for their coverage of the book and its launch. Below is the interview I did (in Irish) on the magazine-style show, Splanc, on NewsTalk:
I expect to be promoting the book over the next while (sorry in advance to any media/journalist friends!) but I’ll soon shift my focus to finishing my novella, Gaytacht, in time for the end of this year. It’s a story which I started writing back when I was 21 (queue a sepia Instagram filter and nostalgic music) but I hit a wall after about 22,000 words and left it to one side. Now, with a bit more life experience and hopefully a few new ideas, I know how to continue with it, and look back over what I’ve written already with a critical eye. I’ll keep you updated on this when I can.
In the meantime, thanks again for the support of The Irish Outlander. Below are a few places where you can buy or download the book, and please let me know what you think by either contacting me on social media, or leaving a review on something like Goodreads.
Ireland / UK
- Amazon.co.uk (Paperback and Kindle)
- Currently in talks to bring paperbacks into Cork, Dublin, and Belfast.
- Bokus (Paperback)
If you notice it available on any other website, please let me know!