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Galway is central character in new collection of short stories

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy – judymurphy@ctribune.ie

Galway is the central character in a new book of short stories which is being launched in the city’s Monroe’s Pub next week as part of the Cúirt Festival of Literature.

Galway Stories from Inverin based Doire Press includes work from 20 writers, among them Kevin Barry, Mary Costello, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Julian Gough and Olaf Tyaransen.

All the writers who have contributed to the book have a Galway connection, explains its editor, Lisa Franks who has been working on this project for the past two years. Many city locations, such as Buttermilk Walk, Eyre Square, Parkmore and the Prom feature as do places in the county including Kinvara, Carraroe and Cashel.
American-born Lisa first came to Ireland in 2003, carried here by a love of Irish literature. She undertook a summer writing course at NUIG during which she met the man who is now her partner in life and work, the writer John Walsh.

Lisa has a background as a literary editor and soon after she moved to Galway permanently, they set up Doire Press – more by accident than design.

In 2007 John got a County Council grant to publish his second poetry collection, Love’s Enterprise Zone. Because Lisa had experience in publishing he asked her to get involved and she did, so they self-published the book.

John also runs a regular literary event in the city, known as North Beach Poetry Nights and literary competitions are held regularly as part of that, so the two then decided to offer a prize of publication for the winner.

In 2010 they published No Recipe, the debut collection of poetry by former Drimcong House owner and chef, Gerry Galvin, who died suddenly last month. They subsequently published his first novel, Killer à la Carte .

“Then we started taking it seriously and we are lucky in that most of the books we have published have received City or County Council grants,” says Lisa. This year they received their first Arts Council grant, which is for this book, and there’s another in the pipeline for later this year.

Galway Stories is an attractive looking book, with cover illustrations by Holly Mullarkey, whose husband Jim Mullarkey happens to be one of the contributors. The front cover evokes a rainy day in Galway City while still managing to be warm and inviting. Initially Lisa had intended using a photo of Galway for the cover but all the ones she contemplated, while lovely were very flat, she explains. So she discussed her ideas with Holly who submitted six paintings – the first of which was perfect for the front.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Trbune.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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