Dublin Launch of Some Sort of Beauty, 5 July 2012
Bradshaw Books & Hodges Figgis
Launch of debut short story collection
Some Sort of Beauty by Jamie O’Connell
6.30pm, 05 July, Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2
Thursday 5 July will see the Dublin launch of Some Sort of Beauty by Jamie O’Connell, following on from the hugely successful World Book Festival launch in Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (21 April), with over 250 people in attendance. There will be a wine reception at 6.30pm; afterwards James Ryan (University College Dublin) will introduce the book, followed by a reading O’Connell. The evening is set to continue long into the evening with drinks in The Duke Bar (Duke St).
The collection has already received rave reviews:
‘O’Connell writes with tenderness and attention, earnestly describing a world in which belief systems have crumbled, where families are in denial about what has destroyed them, where internet sex turns out to be just as vacuous as it sounds, and where commitment to love and friendship is often hazardous.’
THE IRISH TIMES
‘a fresh, engaging and powerful set of stories.’
THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
O’Connell was the 2011 Writer in Residence for Tigh Filí Arts Centre (Cork City). He received an Artist’s Bursary from Cork City Council in 2012 and will be attending the International Short Story Conference in Arkansas (June 27-30).
Reared as a Jehovah’s Witness, living in both Ireland and England, working in his early twenties as a male model (Assets Models, Dublin), and coming out as gay, these experiences have influenced his collection. He has been interviewed by The Sunday Independent, The Independent, The Sun, The Sunday World, GCN, The Star, The Evening Echo (interview with Colette Sheridan), The Cork News, The Cork Independent, The Avondhu, 103FM and Arena (RTE Radio 1). He has forthcoming reviews in The Irish Times, The Examiner, Hotpress and Southword magazines. His is on the long-list for the Frank O’Connor Award 2012. He met President Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain on 12 May, presenting him with a copy of Some Sort of Beauty (picture attached). Here is the link to his interview on Arena:
About Some Sort of Beauty:
‘Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you to write… describe your sorrows and desires, passing thoughts and a belief in some sort of beauty’
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Jamie O’Connell’s debut collection of short stories, Some Sort of Beauty, distils the experiences, memories, regrets and hopes of a miscellany of 21st-century private worlds. The collection explores issues of faith, sexuality, travel and modern urban culture, through voices as diverse as that of a Jehovah’s Witness father coping with the death of his rebel daughter, the monologue of a woman who abandoned her young family, drug-fuelled reminiscences and stark reflections on love and the quiet tragedy of everyday moments. Underlining these narratives is a powerful humanity guided by hope, forgiveness and the redemptive power of art.