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Historic Dublin Bookshop Re-Opens for One Night Only

Article by ERMurray © 14 September 2018.
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Parsons, one of Europe’s most famous literary establishments from 1949 to 1989, becomes a bookshop again for one night only this coming Monday 17th September, from 6pm.

Now an FBD insurance office, the shop on the crest of Baggot Street’s canal bridge was home-from-home for local writers Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Frank O’Connor.Other regulars included Maeve Binchy, Mary Lavin, Flann O’Brien, Ben Kiely and Seamus Heaney.

It will now host the launch of Princess of the Orient, a new book by IWU member Brendan Lynch, who also wrote the history of Parsons. Brendan’s novel tells the story of a down-at-heel Dublin writer who renews himself in the kinder climate of Thailand and the Philippines, where romantic encounters and stimulating new acquaintances restore his joie de vivre.

Now 81 and author of eight books, Brendan Lynch knew most of Dublin’s writers of the 1950s, including Brendan Behan, J P Donleavy and Patrick Kavanagh.

Further information is available from Brendan at 01 830 2511.

You can order a copy of Princess of the Orient here.

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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com