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Tramp Press London Launch

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By Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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 Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen launched Tramp Press in early 2014 as an independent publisher which aims to introduce readers to great new writing that other publishers might shy away from. Their formula is to publish less and publish better in Ireland and beyond, a plan that has been recognised and supported by the Arts Council. Tramp Press’s first two titles, Flight by Oona Frawley and Dubliners 100 by Thomas Morris were both nominated for the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Dubliners 100 won ‘Best Irish-Published Book’. Both books received critical acclaim and both have been reprinted twice.
Fresh from a win as Best Arts Organisation at the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards 2015, established to nurture Ireland’s entrepreneurial spirit in the Business, Arts and the Social spheres, Thursday 19th February saw Sarah and Lisa in Waterstones’ flagship Piccadilly store, launching yet another critically acclaimed book, Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume. With Eimear McBride on hand to do the honours, this book follows the Tramp ethos to publish only the best and most deserving books, to encourage, support and maintain Ireland’s literary talent, and to enrich the lives of readers.
Sarah told Writing.ie “We feel very proud to be launching Sara’s exceptional novel in this beautiful flagship store. Alison Belshaw, a manager at Waterstones, was incredibly supportive of our ambitions from Day 1, which has meant a great deal to us, and having Alison and everybody here tonight is so exciting…It’s hard to know what to expect at a launch in terms of numbers, so having so many friends and supporters come out on a cold night is sort of humbling.”

She continued, “We’ve always been big fans of outsider fiction: having the wonderful Eimear McBride give Spill Simmer Falter Wither this kind of send-off has been wonderful.”
Spill Simmer Falter Wither had received huge praise from critics including Joseph O’Connor, who describes it as ‘Utterly wonderful. It’s the most impressive debut novel I’ve read in years.’ Here’s the blurb:
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Sara Baume reads to a packed room in Waterstones Piccadilly

You find me on a Tuesday, on my Tuesday trip to town. You’re sellotaped to the inside pane of the jumble shop window. A photograph of your mangled face and underneath an appeal for a

COMPASSIONATE & TOLERANT OWNER,
A PERSON WITHOUT OTHER PETS & WITHOUT CHILDREN UNDER FOUR.

Springtime, and two misfits – one an eccentric loner and the other a one-eyed dog – forge an unlikely relationship. In a tired seaside town, these outcasts find solace in each other. But as their friendship grows, they are driven away by a community that perceives menace where there is only mishap.

Part Kjersti Skomsvold, part Patrick McCabe, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is a wholly different kind of love story, that spans the four seasons echoed in the novel’s title. Written with tremendous empathy and insight, Baume’s debut captures the incremental destructive essence of loneliness, and confirms the talent so emphatically acknowledged by the Davy Byrnes Award jury.

‘The writing is superb … I had an image of all of language standing to attention, eager to serve this writer’ Mary Costello

‘An important and quite brilliant new Irish writing talent’ Irish Independent

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Writing.ie’s Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin with Sarah Davis-Goff, at the Tramp London launch in Waterstones Piccadily.

Tramp wishes to engage the best practices of traditional publishers – to create lasting editorial relationships with authors in order to support their life’s work, and to provide long-term support and essential criticism, while also employing the opportunities that digital tools provide to publish both in print and online. And the founders have the credentials to do just that – Sarah received her MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 and has since gained experience in a variety of publishing environments in London, New York and Dublin, including The Lilliput Press in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Particular successes include the discovery of Donal Ryan, who was long listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Guardian First Book Award.

Having worked in Hot Press magazine’s production department for a few years, Lisa returned to college to complete an M.Phil in Anglo-Irish literature and then embarked on a PhD, while she also worked as a freelance editor. Upon finishing her PhD Lisa worked for a while for The Lilliput Press, where she met Sarah. She then went on to work in business publishing.

Sarah explained, “We’re extremely ambitious for all of our titles, and authors, and it’s with that in mind that we have set up a UK team to ensure our books are distributed and sold here, and Spill Simmer Falter Wither is also a client of the powerhouse that is FMcM PR. The UK can certainly expect to be seeing much more of us!”

(c) Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

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