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13 Hours, 11 songs, one rollicking, rootsy feast

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DEVOTEES OF American roots and rockabilly should check out 13 Hours, the latest release from Joe Fury & The Hayride, which is guaranteed to get juke joints jumping, shebeens swinging, and honky-tonks hopping.

‘People should stay rather than emigrate, it’s too convenient for the Establishment for them to go away’

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In these times of ongoing austerity, looming water charges, and general disaffection, God knows we could all do with a laugh. Let us raise our glasses therefore, in thanks and salutation, to writer Eamonn Kelly who delivers guffaws a-plenty in The Franz Kafka Centre for the Uninvolved, newly e-published and ready for download to a Kindle near you.

Heart and stroke expert to give talk at Croi

Internationally acclaimed author and speaker, Prof Barry Franklin, from Michigan USA, who is a world recognised expert on how to prevent and recover from heart disease (and other cardiovascular illnesses such as stroke, diabetes and obesity) will visit Galway this month to give a free public talk on Friday November 28 at 7.30pm in the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway.

Galway singer’s song for Movember

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NOVEMBER IS Movember, the month focused on men’s health, and raising awareness of and funds to combat male cancers, and a new song by Galway singer-songwriter Jenni Flaherty will help do just that.

Connemara’s Answer To Ken Bruen

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THESE DAYS, if an aspiring author is a good editor of his/her own work, and has a talent for self-promotion, it is possible to flog as many copies of a self-published effort – with a little help from Amazon – as the average first book of literary fiction from a mainstream publisher would sell the traditional way.

New book from Galway publisher Arlen House

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THE NEGATIVE Cutter, a collection combining two very different novellas by Patrick Chapman, is out now from Galway publisher Arlen House.

‘I’m kind of a Heinz 57’

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GALWAY HAS long been a magnet for folk of an artistic bent; they arrive for a weekend or short stint in college and then find themselves setting down roots in the city.

Summer Haze

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TOMORROW PROMISES to be a red letter day for Galway singer-songwriter Chris Haze as his debut album, The World Outside, is officially launched at the Village Venue in Dublin.

Tiger kidnapping tale set in Claremorris

A Claremorris-born author has published a crime novel about a tiger kidnapping and set the tale of intrigue in his native town.

‘I find great humour in the west, especially among women’ – Anakana Schofield

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“It’s hard to believe I’ve been answering questions about this book for two years,” muses author Anakana Schofield, speaking from her Vancouver home.

 

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