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Sophie Grenham’s popular feature in The Gloss Magazine beautifully captures the writing world of Irish author, poet and essayist Mary O’Donnell.

In it Mary shares some writing secrets and delivers some news updates.  We like the way Sophie recommends the second edition of Mary’s debut novel, The Light Makers, published by 451 Editions last year.

Click here to read it live

Also see:  www.MaryODonnell.com

2018-04-28T16:55:24+00:00April 28th, 2018|

Author Val Mulkerns has died

Val Mulkerns
14 February 1925 – 10 March 2018


Renowned Irish author Val Mulkerns passed away peacefully on Saturday morning in her native Dublin.

A long-standing figure of Irish letters and member of Aosdána, Val Mulkerns wrote her first acclaimed novel, A Time Outworn in 1951, and has since, in her long career, worked as an associate editor on The Bell, distinguished herself as a novelist, short story writer, journalist, radio essayist and more. See details on her website here.

Mulkerns has been described by Laureate for Irish fiction, Sebastian Barry as, “a masterly writer in the tradition of Seán Ó Faoláin” and in an Irish Times review of Memory and Desire last year, Anne Enright noted that in her work, “liberalising, Shavian voices form a neglected strand of the Irish tradition.”

Her first novel, A Time Outworn, received critical and popular acclaim in Ireland and Britain in 1952. She published four more novels, two children’s books and several collections of short stories, including the linked sequence Antiquities, which won the AIB prize for literature. She was married to the writer Maurice Kennedy and they have a daughter and two sons. She worked as a journalist and columnist and has been a much-loved voice on RTE’s “Sunday Miscellany” down the years. Having featured in many Irish literary anthologies down the years, she is the most senior Irish writer included in Reading the Future: New Writing from Ireland Celebrating 250 Years of Hodges Figgis, edited by Alan Hayes.

In 2014, a third edition of her novel The Summerhouse was published by Tara Press, followed in 2016 by a new book of her collected short stories, Memory and Desire (451 Editions).

Friends With The Enemy – a memoir is the author’s latest book, launched just before Christmas and currently available. It takes the form of an elegant memoir, which begins with tales of a Bohemian Dublin childhood and goes on to recount her life as a writer, covering almost seventy years of life and times in literary Ireland.

These three recent titles can be found or ordered in all good book shops.

Attached please find one high resolution and one recent web-sized portrait of the author.

For more information, write to: books@451.ie and see more at:



2018-04-28T16:44:14+00:00March 14th, 2018|

Photos of the Launch of “Friends With The Enemy”

It was a great, glittery Christmas evening when Friends With The Enemy, the new memoir by Val Mulkerns launched at The Gutter Book Shop in Dalkey this week.  Author Ita Daly introduced the tome, giving it a warm and appreciative welcome as a fine literary memoir.  Val Mulkerns herself was in excellent form, reading a passage from the book to the delight of those present and signing copies afterwards.  Thanks so much to Bob Johnston and Marta Starosta, who not only were our gracious hosts for the evening, but  provided the splendid addition of home made mince pies and mulled wine!

  • The Launch of "Friends With The Enemy" by Val Mulkerns, at The Gutter Book Shop in Dalkey

2018-04-28T16:44:00+00:00December 16th, 2017|