Competitioning | Who says crime never pays?

Declan over at Crime Always Pays is giving readers the chance to win a copy of The Semantics of Murder, Aifric Campbell’s debut novel. Head on over and answer the not-too difficult question by Tuesday 6 May to put yourself in the running.

(PS - The independent adjudicator has adjudicated independently. The winner of the Iron Man ticket **sponsored by movies.ie** for tonight is ….[drum roll]…. Colm. An email with details is on it’s way)

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talking about books | Scalzi, Eggers, Kidd and more

Two author videos worth a look. John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow talking up their new books:

And Milton Glaser, Chip Kidd and Dave Eggers talking about book design:

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linkage | things I like

Faaaar too late for this to be news but, kudos to all over at Analogue for their win at the SMedias. We be rollin’. They be hatin’.

Tom Raftery is out to help you write better blog posts, using Zemanta.

Feel like making a movie? Artemis Eternal is looking for you.

365tomorrows has hit their 1,000 story. Wowsies.

Replantable greeting cards. Recycling in the garden.

And last but not least: Lette’s list of weird things that live. My favourite is the star nosed mole (pictured). Impressive list.

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another tag meme | 6 word sentence

Sinéad C has tagged me. Sinéad Gleeson reckons 2008 is the new 2005 with the number of memes doing the rounds.

Ms Cochrane’s rules state I have to describe myself in no more than 6 words (either 6 individual words or a 6 word sentence). So, here goes:

I’m refusing to grow up. Ever.

I think a return tag is in order for Eoin.

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great news | Oisin McGann

Heard some great news recently about Oisín McGann (Irish children’s writer) - his book Small Minded Giants has been optioned for film. Congratulations Oisín!!

It sounds like Gavin O’Connor is behind the buy - the man who brought Colin Farrell and Ed Norton together for the upcoming Pride and Glory. [That bit's an unsubstantiated rumour really - and the last rumour I blogged didn't go so well]

You can read the first chapter of Small Minded Giants online here and while you’re at it, have a look at some of the other brilliant books by Senor McGann.

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cinemagic festival | vixelle

Through the magic of Jazz Biscuit (and the dashing Darragh Doyle) I made it to Vexille tonight. Lette would have been proud - it was animé brilliance with a twisted plot, enough to make Rubber Ritchie wince. Sinéad was there somewhere too - looking forward to reading what she thought of the movie.

Vexille was showing as part of the Cinemagic Festival and there are still some more some great movies lined up for the week. Donnie Darko (Tuesday 29) Toy Story and Last King of Scotland (Wednesday 30) Jaws (Wednesday 30 - I know I’ve done Wednesday already but it’s Jaws!) and a special preview screening of Iron Man on Thursday 1.

If only I didn’t have to work…

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Carnegie short-list

I’m late getting to this: The Carnegie Medal shortlist was announced somewhere in mid-April. The award goes to an outstanding book for children and young people, first published in the UK.

This year’s shortlist is:

Kevin Crossley-Holland | Gatty’s Tale
Linzi Glass | Ruby Red
Elizabeth Laird | Crusade
Tanya Landman | Apache
Philip Reeve | Here Lies Arthur
Meg Rossoff | What I Was
Jenny Valentine | Finding Violet Park

There are a few titles I have read, What I Was and Crusade, some names I have read before, Philip Reeve and Kevin Crossley-Holland, and others who are new to me. As with all awards, I’m surprised not see some names up there - David Almond, Derek Landy and Siobhan Dowd’s London Eye Mystery.

The Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist on the other-hand is spot on, with only Oliver Jeffers missing. Some of the year’s best books are listed - including two from the brilliant Emily Gravett.

Anthony Browne| Silly Billy
Polly Dunbar | Penguin
Emily Gravett | Little Mouse’s Book of Big Fears
Emily Gravett | Monkey and Me
Jane Ray (Text by Carol Ann Duffy) | The Lost Happy Endings
Chris Riddel | Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Ed Vere| Banana!


Spencer Tunick



Somewhere on the lines of filth. Anyone else taking the opportunity to go naked in public on camera?
Spencer Tunick comes to Dublin - 21 June.

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Irish Book Awards | winners

The winners of the Irish Book Awards were announced last night. The full list is available here.

Congratulations to Brendan O’Brien who took home the Children’s Book of the Year (Junior Category) for The Story of Ireland and to Roddy Doyle* on winning the Children’s Book of the Year (Senior Category) with Wilderness.

*I met Roddy Doyle about two weeks ago and had planned some witty comments about the award nomination. When I finally did meet him, I smiled stupidly, shook his hand and barely said anything. AGH.

Update: Sinéad has a list of the adult winners.

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advocating for filth!

Midget Wrangler is looking for filthy posts but I can’t be that honest, my Nan reads this blog. (Hi!) In lieu of divulging my filthy side here’s a link to something else filth related:

In the fight for Net Neutrality, Tania Deveraux has vowed to sleep with every virgin in the US willing to campaign for their cause. She will even cover her own expenses to get to you. There are some terms and conditions: applying virgins must be have proof of their campaign with a copy of a forum/blog post or video.

It does get filthily better:

  • Applicants must be 18yrs old or above.
  • A condom must be used, except if the applicant prefers to release his semen upon Tania’s body without any oral or vaginal contact.
  • Anal sex is negotiable, although Tania will cease the performance immediately if any form of ’surprise buttsex’ occurs.
  • Multiple participants are not allowed, but applicants are entitled to have an audience observe the performance.
  • If anywhere along the process, it becomes clear that the applicant is not a virgin, Tania reserves the right to terminate all activity.
  • Applicant agrees that in the event of the applicant infringing upon Terms of Service during the process of the act.
  • Tania is not responsible for any genital injury that the applicant may suffer.
  • Tania may deny service for hygiene reasons.

Not enough filth for you? Try this on for size.

Acupuncturists do it with a small prick.
Agents do it undercover.”
Ambulance drivers come quicker.”

The list goes on and on and on and well, here’s one more

Bankers do it with interest, but pay for early withdrawl.”

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hourglass readings | IWC


There isn’t a lot I can ever say about the Irish Writers Centre but their new series looks really interesting.

The ‘Hourglass Readings‘ will pit Dermot Bolger and a series of guests in front of an audience to read and discuss their work. The series begins in May with Jennifer Johnston and continues with Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O’Connor, Claire Kilroy, Glenn Patterson and Anne Enright all confirmed.

Tickets will be available two weeks before each event and the details will be up on the IWC website soon.

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competitioning | movies.ie

I won another competition! (ignore previous note on not winning anything)

Movies.ie (cheers!) have given me two tickets to see Iron Man next Wednesday night (30 April) in an undisclosed location in Dublin. Deb can’t make the show so I have a ticket for one (un)lucky sod. Stick a comment below and an independent adjudicator will choose the winner at random on Monday.

If you haven’t heard about the new Iron Man movie, here’s a taste:


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competitioning | childrens books ireland

I won a competition! (I never win competitions! Except that one with the Wii - thank again Science Week)

Many thanks to Tom in Children’s Books Ireland who just sent me on a copy of Mark Barratt’s Joe Rat. CBI already have a new competition to win family tickets to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Snail and The Whale stage adaptation. (It’s playing in the Helix throughout May). The book is a classic picturebook (198-) and lives in my top 20 reading list. Top 20 picture books list anyway…

Go enter. G’wan.


obsessive blogger | Chapters Parnell Street

Who didn’t know and love Chapters on Abbey Street? It was a powerhouse of knowledge and dust and more than the occasional spider. A children’s section at the very back of the shop that was removed from everything from the main store. A decent, archaic/chaotic secondhand basement. Cheap books and movies and music.

And on top of all this. It had an amazing building:

But the times, they are a-changin’. And Chapters has evolved alongside Dublin. It has taken up residence on Parnell Street and become an impressive book-seller while maintaining some of it’s previous charm. The building is new (and huge) and forms part of the regeneration project around Parnell/Moore/Jervis Street.

The prices are still kept considerably low in comparison to other stores and the massive floor space means that they are very likely to already have what you’re looking for. Much of the chaos is lost in the new shop - bright lighting and considerably more organised shelving makes the experience more shopper friendly. The children’s section is still at the back of the shop, more as a result of neglect than a thought-out feature though.

Chapters’ true saving grace is in it’s second floor. Nearly equaling the size of the ground floor, upstairs is dedicated to secondhand books and you can nearly always get what you’re looking for there at half the price.

Previous posts:
obsessive blogger | Books Upstairs, College Green
obsessive blogger | Hodges Figgis, Dawson St.
obsessive blogger | Reads of Nassau Street
obsessive blogger | Bookshop Map

About obsessive bloggers | Tuppenceworth.ie

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Beanz meanz Mayburyz?

First came the Maybury Hotel.

And now the European Supplies group has set out to accomodate the ex-pat population in Spain by producing “British food stuffs at low cost”. Introducing the Maybury range of Baked Beans, Tea, Farmhouse Cheddar and high quality Back Bacon.

More from our sponsors.

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tag | you’re it

I’m back. First order of business is to respond to Eoin’s book meme from last week.

The rules are easy enough:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

So. The nearest book I can see is William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. (Flicks to page one hundred and twenty-three, counts five sentences and types…)

“Now he surprises you with Bonetti’s attack.”
But Inigo was not surprised for long. Again his feet shifted; he moved his body a different way.

Disappointingly the three sentences weren’t the famous four:

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

As instructed, I’m tagging Colm, Housekeepin.org, Alison, Yvonne and Chris Murray.

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Richard Ford moves to Trinity College

It’s official. At last night’s launch of Sixteen After Ten - an anthology of work by the Trinity College Creative Writing M.Phil students - the school announced that Richard Ford (Pulitzer, Pen and Faulkner winning US writer) has been appointed associate professor for the next three years.

There will be a series of readings and Ford will also act as American writer in Residence throughout the college. There’s plenty of him to go around…

And to make things fair: a belated congratulations to Harry Clifton (Poetry professor for the UCD Creative Writing MA) on winning the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

More from the Irish Times.

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linkage | more than just a post title

I’m sitting somewhere between procrastination and getting heaps done (about average so) but to keep things ticking over while I’m occupied (some toilet humour) here’s a comics related link dump:

From the mighty Forbidden Planet blog comes news of Macbeth, the graphic novel.

The Times (UK) has a piece on real life superheroes. Rumour has it that you can register yourself as a superhero here.

On the topic of heroes, Whereof one can speak, aka Katherine, has spotted new Lego Marvel Heroes.

Random House has finally launched the long awaited DFC (David Fickling Comics?). £10 for a new comic filled with new material each month - including strips by Philip Pullman, John Aggs and Nick Sharrat. Nice - but will it work?

Word Balloons is another new initiative for kid’s comics - aimed at delivering news to everyone. It’s still a new site though so content is only gathering…

Eoin Purcell has an interesting post on e-book DRM - and Binary or Bust sneak peaks another new format…

And what would a link post be if I didn’t post something from Rick: Missed valentines day? He’s got you covered.


Badges of Honour

Badges have hit the blogosphere - first came the Mulley Man’s most sought after Fluffy badge (and Sabrina’s Fluffer badge for himself). Elly created the WWMD (What Would Mulley Do?) stickers for the blog awards and then Tuppenceworth’s Fergal announced the Obbsessive Blogger badges - for blogging with passion, or obsession.

But wait! There’s more - Midget Wrangler has brought us the Filthy badge - awarded to the dirtiest (naughty not muddy) post of the week. And Dr. Fústar-stein has created the Dreadful Thoughts badges (or are they spirits cleverly made to look like badges in a bid to get close your organs?)

Go earn your blogging stripes…

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Short Stories | Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Irish Times and Amnesty International are running a series of short stories to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Published in the Weekend supplement on Saturdays the first story appeared three weeks ago by John Boyne, The Round Hall. It was followed by Colum McCann’s harrowing I just don’t like the screaming and last week saw Roddy Doyle’s Custer never had to go in front of a tribunal take the stand.

It’s a very interesting way of highlighting the anniversary and bringing the short story back into the Irish Times. Unfortunately the stories are behind the paywall on the Times’ site and Jazz Biscuit requires that any mention carries:

related links:

John Boyne | The Round Hall | Read
Colum McCann | I just don’t like the screaming | Read
Roddy Doyle| Custer never had to go in front of a tribunal | Read

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