Saturday, 1 August 2015

WAMC RADIO INTERVIEW

The warm and lovely Katie Britton interviewed me about Miss Emily for WAMC Radio in Albany, NY. You can listen back here.

And with that I am off to the USA for my book tour. If I can, I will report from the road. If not (it is going to be hectic) I will report when I get back. Slán!

Friday, 31 July 2015

GLASGOW & PEOPLE

My trip to Glasgow was a success - I met with the lovely writer/journalist Lesley McDowell for an interview. See her lively blog here and consider buying her awesome book Between the Sheets, about literary couples and how the female partners fared - people like Plath & Hughes, Mansfield & Murry. It's a great read. The article about Miss Emily will be in The Independent on Sunday soon.

This slogan is everywhere in Glasgow at the moment:
'People make Glasgow'
Which leads me neatly to the fact that People magazine (yes, that People) has given Miss Emily a sweet mini-review in the new issue. This may just beat being in the RTÉ Guide once. (My husband, who loves statistics, tells me that People has a circulation of 3.5 million in the USA. Now if only all those readers went out and bought my novel...)



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

TWO RADIO INTERVIEWS - ARENA & GLUCKSMAN HSE

Life is kind of bananas at the moment - lots of radio interviews with the USA, off to Glasgow tomorrow for a newspaper interview, trying to pack for the New England trip (book tour! Emily Dickinson Intl Society meeting!), prepping PR stuff for the UK release etc. etc.

I have been wondering whether other writers love this stuff, like really enjoy and relish it? I like it in many ways but the hecticness gets a bit overwhelming at times. I'm normally a Dickinson-like recluse: happy in my own company, at my desk, living a quiet life here in Ballinasloe. So all this running around to airports and festivals, constantly answering questions about myself and about Emily, feels frenetic. (My husband reckons other writers leave five years between books in order to avoid it all for a nice chunk of time. I should try that, maybe.)

Anyway, the PR whirl continues: Catherine Dunne and I will be on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1 tonight to discuss the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange English language anthology, Lost Between (New Island). Tune in here or listen to the podcast from tomorrow.

And my interview with of Dr. Miriam Nyhan of Glucksman Ireland House NYU Radio Hour is now online here. If you're a Mary Costello fan she was interviewed by Miriam earlier in July here.

Monday, 27 July 2015

BOOK TOUR IN THE USA & EMILY T-SHIRTS

My USA book tour for Miss Emily kicks off a week from today in the beautifully named Mystic, Connecticut. So exciting!

Here are the dates & venues. I'll be doing some media stuff along the way but I can link later:


BANK SQUARE BOOKS, CT
3rd August 2015 AT 12:00 PM
BANK SQUARE BOOKS, 53 WEST MAIN ST, MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

HARVARD BOOK STORE, MA
4th August 2015 7PM
1256 MASS AVE, CAMBRIDGE

THE ODYSSEY BOOK SHOP, MA
5th August 2015 AT 7:00PM
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE, 9 COLLEGE ST, STH HADLEY

EMILY DICKINSON INTL SOCIETY MEETING
8th August 2015 AT 1.30PM
READING WITH SUSAN SNIVELY
AMHERST ALUMNI HOUSE, 75 CHURCHILL ST, AMHERST

My husband is coming with me and my youngest child, so while I was figuring out what to wear for my appearances, I decided to get them in on the act too:

My tour t-shirt, made by Creative Daffodil Literary Designs
The husband's Emily t-shirt (beautifully ironed as you can see, ahem.)
Junior's Emily D t-shirt by CafePress.com

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

AUDIO BOOK - MISS EMILY - GIVEAWAY



Win a copy of the Miss Emily audio book (Blackstone) on my Facebook author page. You have until tonight!

Meanwhile the novel is one of 10 books making news this week at LitHub (along with Harper Lee!).

Saturday, 18 July 2015

MISS EMILY GIVEAWAY - DRAW RESULTS

It has been a wonderful, hectic week: West Cork Lit Fest on Monday; Miss Emily came out in North America on Tuesday; I've been writing yet more promo articles for the novel (which brings me close to Emily again); I've been having phone interviews with the USA and a face-to-face one with Glucksman House NYU; I've had the launch of the Italo-Irish anthology Lost Between on Thursday in Dublin and there have been interviews, reviews and articles galore about Miss Emily. Including one I wrote for the Huffington Post.

And today the Irish Times reviews Flash Fiction International, the Norton anthology, which features my Frida Kahlo story: 'Ní Chonchúir’s The Egg Pyramid is one of the collection’s strongest tales, transforming the brutal facts of Frida Kahlo’s relationship with Diego Rivera into a moving, tragic meditation on betrayal.' My stars are clearly aligned this week :)


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Anyway, I promised the results of the Miss Emily giveaway today so here they are:

The copy of the US edition of the book goes to Kathy McClung.



The 'Hope is the thing with feathers' fridge magnet and Emily cards go to: Sarah Barry.

The St Brigid's cross and Emily cards go to: Susan T.

Congrats, ladies. Please send me your postal address to nuala AT nualanichonchuir.com.