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What Happens After The Rising?

The Irish Independent caught up with me while I was at the Yeats Summer School in Sligo to talk about the Easter Rising of 1916, what it meant to WB Yeats and what it meant to me, growing up in a small Irish village in the 1960s and 70s, in the shadow of the Irish civil war of 1922/23. Next Easter, I hope to be back in Wexford to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising. For me, if we don’t take this  opportunity to talk about what followed on six years later we will have, in WB Yeats’s words, “disgraced ourselves again”. The shame…

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Special Edition Thanks To Special Edition People #1: Joni Rodgers

As most people in my orbit know, I’m in the middle of launching a special edition print book. Before I blog about the takeaways from this latest adventure (learning so extensive that I’ll be breaking it into three posts — one on the writing and editorial; one on production; and one on promotion), I have some people I want to thank. And number one is the person who had most to do with this book, aside from myself: my editor, Joni Rodgers. I first met the fabulous Joni online. It was 2011, when authors were heady with the new excitement that technology had added to…

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Secret Rose Press Release

 “WB Yeats Was An Indie Author” says Orna Ross, Irish Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, launching her new book which combines Yeats’ short story collection with her novel in a special tribute edition for #Yeats2015. 15.7.2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Irish Launch: At the Yeats International Summer School, Yeats House, Sligo (Aug 3 2015, 5pm) & UK Launch: At The London Irish Centre, Camden, London  (Aug 20 2015, 8pm)   Leading Irish self-publisher and Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross, will launch Secret Rose, a unique two-in-one book tribute for #Yeats2015 in Sligo and London this August….

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Crowdfunder Thanks

The Secret Rose Hall of Fame I want to thank the wonderful people who supported my crowdfunder project  to make, publicise and distribute my special commemorative two-in-one book, in replica of WB Yeats 1897 first edition of The Secret Rose. Friends and patrons, I am so grateful to you for your support and hope you will enjoy being involved in this special project for #Yeats2015. I’ll be writing to you all individually this week but in the meantime sending you the loudest possible shoutout of gratitude. Your generosity meant that we exceeded the target and has enabled me to offer a free one-week scholarship to Yeats Summer…

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder & CEO, On His Love of Books

We’ve been talking a lot about Amazon in ALLi over the past week or so, with two blog posts about them ( on whether the company really “loves authors” Here and on all the way to publish on Amazon Here). Doing the research, I came across  this interview with Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, from the American Academy of Achievement, in which he discusses his love of books. I thought you might be interested.   On  reading  30 Newbery Award winners as the boy On one of his favourite books: A Wrinkle in Time On reading The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings On finding, in the tiny…

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My Yeats Day 2015

  On Yeats day 2015,  I travelled to Dublin to collect a first edition copy of WB Yeat’s short story collection, The Secret Rose, from the lovely Tanya Collie of Broadford books. This first edition was purchased by a Mr Danny O’Sullivan as part of my crowdfunder project, that allowed me to produce a special book for #Yeats2015, the 150th anniversary of his birth. I wanted to put his stories together with my novel Her Secret Rose, that tells the story behind the writing of the stories. And produce it in a special replica edition of tthe 1897 edition. Thanks to Mr O’Sullivan and other Yeats…

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A New #Poem: Holding On

  Up beside yon ancient castle, where a knight stands in the hall. crumbling bricks square off a garden, the old chapel, under pall. Crooked graves all moss and lichen, brambled weeds now gate its wall. While the knight, once thought a warden, armour empty, holds the hall.  

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