In May 2016 I started talking to a homeless girl who was sitting on Grafton Street reading a book. I asked her if she had somewhere to sleep that night and she told be that she sleeps in a tent which she hides in various places around Dublin as the hostels are too dangerous. At the end of the conversation it turned out that her name was also Kerrie and for me that was kind of the final straw.
For a long time I had been watching the growing numbers of people begging and sleeping rough in Dublin and growing more disillusioned with my government and city. I decided to put a call out on social media to see if anyone wanted to do a fundraising event or perhaps a book to raise money for the current homeless crisis in Dublin. The response was phenomenal and six months later the book is finally here. Looking At The Stars is a limited edition anthology of Irish writing edited by myself and Alice Kinsella. It aims to raise €15,000 for the Rough Sleeper Team of Dublin Simon Community. 1000 copies have been printed and the full €15 from each book will go directly to the Dublin Simon Community.
Looking At The Stars is a limited edition anthology of Irish writing edited by Kerrie O’ Brien and Alice Kinsella to raise money for the Rough Sleepers Team of the Dublin Simon Community.
It features a mixture of poetry, prose and non-fiction from a host of incredible Irish writers but, most importantly, it will also feature writing from those currently in the services of the Dublin Simon Community.
1000 copies of the anthology will be printed. They will cost €15 each and as the full €15 will go directly to the Dublin Simon Community our goal is to raise €15,000.
This project has been funded entirely by The Munster Literature Centre, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Poetry Ireland and The Irish Writers’ Centre.
FEATURING: Sarah Bannan, Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Sebastian Barry, Martina Bergin, Benjamin Black, Sam Blake, Dermot Bolger, Daragh Bradish, Arthur Broomfield, Angela Carr, Ingrid Casey, Jane Casey, Paul Casey, Sarah Clancy, Patrick Cotter, Madeleine D’Arcy, Gerald Dawe, Theo Dorgan, Paul Durcan, Anne Enright, Elaine Feeney, Tara Flynn, Anthony Glavin, Sinéad Gleeson, Vona Groarke, Elayne Harrington, Claire Hennessy, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Sean Hughes, John Kelly, Victoria Kennefick, Andre K’Por, Nick Laird, Christopher McCaffrey, Jaki McCarrick, Thomas McCarthy, Afric McGlinchey, Eamon McGuinness, Belinda McKeon, Danielle McLaughlin, Jennifer Matthews, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Jean O’ Brien, Joseph O’ Connor, Nuala O’ Connor, Mary O’ Donnell, Nessa O’ Mahony, Mary O’ Malley, Rick O’ Shea, Paul Perry, Nell Regan, Sally Rooney, Lynn Ruane, Dave Rudden, Donal Ryan, Stephen James Smith and Gerard Smyth.