Cork Launch of Some Sort of Beauty

March 26, 2012

Bradshaw Books, in association with Cork City Libraries and Triskel Arts Center, is happy to invite you to the launch of Jamie O’Connell’s debut short story collection Some Sort of Beauty, taking place on 21 April as part of World Book Festival 2012.

The event will begin at 8.30 in Triskel Arts Centre (Christchurch) with a wine reception; Cork pianist Michael Joyce will be playing on the grand piano accompanied by 16 year old Sophie Creener, who is already making waves as a consummate clarinet player . The set is to include a portion from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Afterwards Dr Eibhear Walshe (University College Cork) will officially launch the collection, followed by a reading by Jamie O’Connell. The night will continue with drinks in Gulped, Triskel’s Bar-Café, which is celebrating its first anniversary.

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.

‘a fresh, engaging and powerful set of stories’.
THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

‘A stunning debut by a writer of great talent and courage’.
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, author of Shelter of Neighbours

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If want to know more about Some Sort of Beauty, Jamie O’Connell or the launch contact Bradshaw Books Projects Manager Emer at info@bradshawbooks.com. Alternatively visit www.bradshawbooks.com.