So, the time has finally come folks. As I've mentioned to some of you already my MPhil class has been working hard over the past several months at putting together an anthology of our work.
From the title, to cover design, to editing and selection of entries, this anthology has been a labour of love for us all and our collective blood, sweat and tears have gone in to making this collection a success.
Several classmates of mine traveled to Galway on April 28th to launch the ebook version of the anthology at the Cuirt New Writing Festival. Our anthology was launched by Irish poet and short story writer Nuala Ni Chonchuir who mentioned us all by name and said a few words about each of our entries. Her speech is available on the A Thoroughly Good Blue website here. Just scroll down and read away.
As I mentioned, our anthology is also available for purchase as an ebook up on the Amazon.co.uk website. Because none of your are in the UK you won't be able to purchase the ebook, but I have 8 copies that I have reserved to sell to family for a discounted rate :)
The official launch of the anthology is taking place this Thursday, May 17th at the Printing House on campus. A much coveted building only used on the most rare occasions which caters only to the science department - or maybe it was engineering? In any case, one of our classmates, who is a former politician was able to negotiate our way into the Printing House for the launch. The anthology is being launched by Paul Murray, who was one of our workshop professors last term and is also a very well known Dublin author. He wrote the tragicomic novel Skippy Dies which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Book Prize. He is beloved by all of us in class and should give a great speech to introduce our work. We will also all be reading an excerpt of our work at the launch which has me both nerve-wracked and excited. Wish me luck all!