Book Launch with Billy O'Callaghan & Doireann Ní Ghríofa
22 September at 3pm
Hollyhill Library, Cork
All are welcome to the launch of The Berries, a book of stories, poems and photography inspired by the people and place of Hollyhill, commissioned by Cork City Council and the Munster Literature Centre. Contributors include Cork writers Billy O'Callaghan, William Wall, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and photographer John Minihan.
Billy O'Callaghan is the author of three short story collections: In Exile (2008) and In Too Deep (2009), both published by Mercier Press, and The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind (2013), published by New Island Press, the title story of which won the Short Story of the Year Award at the 2013 Irish Book Awards. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines around the world, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Bliza, Confrontation, the Fiddlehead, Hayden's Ferry Review, the Kyoto Journal, the Los Angeles Review, Narrative, the Southeast Review, and Versal. He also reviews books for the Irish Examiner. http://billyocallaghan.co.uk
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer based in Cork. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The Irish Times, Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Examiner and elsewhere, and her writing is frequently broadcast on RTE Radio One. Among her awards are the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary 2014-2015 and the Wigtown Award (Scotland) for Gaelic poetry in translation. Two of her poems are currently Pushcart Prize nominated (USA). Her most recent book is Clasp (Dedalus Press, 2015). http://doireannnighriofa.com/
William Wall is a novelist, poet, and short story writer. He has published four novels, most recently This Is The Country, which in 2005 was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and shorted listed for the National Book Award. His short fiction and poetry have won many prizes, including the Seán O'Faoláin Award and the Virginia Faulkner Award. His most recent book is a collection of poems, Ghost Estate. http://www.williamwall.net/
John Minihan was born in Dublin in 1946 and raised in Athy, County Kildare. At the age of 12 he was brought to live in London, and went on to become an apprentice photographer with the Daily Mail. At 21 he became the youngest staff photographer for the Evening Standard. For thirty years he remained in London, returning every year to his hometown of Athy to record the people and their daily lives. In between documenting Athy on visits home, Minihan continued his career on Fleet Street, which included the iconic snap of a 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in the garden of the nursery she worked at. Over the years Minihan developed a close relationship with many writers and his photographs of Samuel Beckett show a particular affinity between the two men. William Burroughs once referred to Minihan as "a painless photographer". His friendship with Samuel Beckett produced some of the most remarkable photographs ever taken of the writer. http://johnminihan.myshopify.com/