Mary O’Donnell is the author of fifteen books, both poetry and fiction, and has also co-edited a book of translations from the Galician. Her titles include Virgin and the Boy, and The Elysium Testament, as well as poetry such as The Place of Miracles, Unlegendary Heroes, and her most recent critically acclaimed seventh collection Those April Fevers (Arc Publications UK, 2015). She has worked in journalism, especially theatre criticism, and presented and scripted three series of poetry programmes for the national broadcaster RTE Radio. A volume of essays, Giving Shape to the Moment: the Art of Mary O’Donnell, is forthcoming from publisher Peter Lang.
Her debut novel, The Light-Makers, was originally published by Poolbeg Press and named The Sunday Tribune Best New Novel of 1992. The second edition of this acclaimed debut will be published by 451 Editions in July of 2017. Mary lives in Kildare, and is a member of Aosdána.
Dubliner Ferdia Mac Anna started out in music, fronting Rocky De Valera and the Gravediggers in the punk era, and latterly, The Rhythm Kings. His first novel, The Last of the High Kings, was originally published by Penguin, with a “Modern Irish Classics” edition brought out by New Island Books in 2011. It was made into a film starring Gabriel Byrne and Jared Leto. His other literary work includes novels The Ship Inspector and Cartoon City as well as a memoir, The Rocky Years. He was producer and script editor on the acclaimed BAFTA-winning BBC/RTE children’s drama series, ‘Custer’s Last Stand-Up’ and he lectured in Screenwriting and Television Production at various colleges including The National Film School IADT. He currently lectures at UCD and the Open University. His debut feature film, All About Eva, premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2014.
The second edition of Cartoon City is published with 451 Editions, and will be launched in Autumn of 2017.
Val Mulkerns is an Irish writer and member of Aosdána. Her first novel, A Time Outworn, was released to critical acclaim in Ireland in 1951. She later worked as a journalist and columnist and is often heard on the radio. The Summerhouse was first published by the John Murray publishing house, London, and a new edition came out in 2013 from Tara Press. She is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, two children’s books and many published essays and critical writings. In 2016, 451 Editions published a book of collected short stories, Memory and Desire, which was launched at The Irish Writers’ Centre and is currently available in all good Irish bookshops and international online sales outlets.
Val’s memoir, Friends with the Enemy will be launch on 13 December in time for Christmas, 2017. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.
John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche, Colm Tóibín
Four of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers, John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche and Colm Tóibín share one thing in common: their Wexford origins. For WexFour, a project originally commissioned to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Wexford Arts Centre, they have each written a unique one-act drama. Editor Ben Barnes describes the collection as, “short works illuminated by skilful writing’ where ‘all traverse the familiar territory of loneliness and loss; of spirited humour in the face of diversity; of a battered but still resilient hope for, and belief in, a better future.”
451’s electronic edition of the book of these four plays was launched at a special WexFour live event in Paris at The Irish Cultural Centre on 2 June 2016, and is available now from all Amazon websites and eBook outlets internationally. For more on this title, see here.
is author of seven novels, a memoir, three short story collections, several radio plays and has also written for TV and stage. His first novel, Us won the John B Keane/Sunday Independent Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Irish Fiction Award. His second, After Kafra was scripted for RTE TV. The Broken Cedar was nominated for the IMPAC Award and shortlisted for an Irish Fiction Award. His short stories have been widely broadcast and published. His story, Valley of the Peacock Angel was nominated for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. He is a contributor to the National Art Gallery’s Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art anthology. In May 2016 New Island Books published, Black Rose Days. In June, 2107 Doire Press published his eleventh book, This Cruel Station, a new collection of short stories. The second edition of his 2001 novel, After Kafra, will be available from 451 Editions in 2018. See more on Martin’s blog here.