Telling tales in Rathmines

Rathmines Libraryy DublinThanks to organiser Estefania for the invitation and the listeners at Rathmines library yesterday for the storytelling events.
Thanks also to Hanna’s bookshop, up the street, for prominently stocking Dublin Folk Tales.
It was like meeting old friends.
All Hail.


The Morning Show TV3

The Morning Show presentersI was interviewed by Martin King and Claire Brock on the TV3 programme The Morning Show on the book Dublin Folk Tales and on storytelling in general.
See it here at 29′.30″
note. At the start of the Pigwoman chat I say Griselda was Dr Richard’s wife and then I say sister. They were siblings. Wife is a slip of the tongue, for some strange reason.

Tom Dunne radio show

Dublin Folk Tales was described by Tom Dunne the Dublin radio star on his Newstalk show as a “great book that tells you all about the unbelievable characters” that are to be found in Dublin stories.
Author Brendan Nolan was a guest on the 73,000-listener daytime magazine programme on Tuesday morning April 17, 2012, talking about Matt Talbot and Bang Bang and the devil at the Hell Fire Club and other stories.
Tom wrapped up the hugely-enjoyable light-hearted interview with the comment that it is “great to see all the stories in one place.”
Listen here Part 2 at minute 44′.25″

Radio interviews

Media interviews started for the book on WDAR 96fm the station that hosts my own Telling Tales programme each week.
David Spain did the honours in interviewing the interviewer.
As a bonus there is included a telling of a story from the collection The Honeymooners
Hear it here

Book on sale

Today, I saw Dublin Folk Tales displayed for sale to the public in several city-centre bookshops.
It’s a heady experience to see your work packaged and presented to best result by marketing and retailing experts.
I hung around for a while, walked past and had a quick glance and re-arranged the copies so they stood out a little more prominently.
In one shop they had joined their older sister Phoenix Park a History and Guidebook on the shelf. Mine also
Doing so is akin to teaching your toddler to walk, once shown you expect them to carry on without you.
I said farewell for the moment to my book and its siblings; but I know where they are, for the moment, should I need to check on them.
For now, they are ready and willing to show off and when the bargain is made they will find their way into new homes.
A happy life to them all, I say.

The book’s bookday

Dublin Folk Tales bookday

For every story there is a beginning.

Copies of Dublin Folk Tales arrived today, at my home.
It is a wonderful feeling to pick up your book for the first time, not unlike seeing a new baby in its first hours of life.
It’s familiar and strange and exciting and full of promise, all at  the same time.
And other people might read it and see things in the stories that passed you by as you trundled along with the detail.
Until now, they were stories told, re-told, shaped, re-shaped and remembered all over again before the caring and professional attentions of the publisher’s midwifes were turned on the manuscript of Dublin Folk Tales.
I am content with the look of the child and recognise and acknowledge it as my own.
When you start to write a book it is a common experience to forget how you wrote at all the last time and momentary fear creeps in that perhaps it was all a piece of luck that the previous book was written in the first place and that you will never be able to do this again.
That I did it all is a wonder to me.
This is my fourth published book, a fifth, a memoir, was written for a private client and will not be published beyond his family.
You can see the others on my author’s website if you have an interest.
I am started on my next book, and wonder how I came to make the book I hold in my hands, for the next work is a mountain to climb.
But this one was built a story at a time.
And so will the next one; though I am already amused by the story of a woman who never left her home and who fell down in a faint when she was brought to the top of a low hill to gaze at the world beyond her garden.
It was for the once and only time for she returned home and told nobody what she saw, lest she frighten them out of their wits.
Storytelling is a wonder, and an exploration, and a joy, surely.
Brendan Nolan
April 11, 2012

First copies sighted

The launch copies of Dublin Folk Tales have arrived at the distributors from the printer.
Delivery to shops will now begin, to meet pre-publication orders.
It’s worth celebrating when a book appears after ages and ages of preparation and revision and re-writing and editing and binding and packaging.
Now the marketing begins and the attendant interviews and the dreaded wait for others’ opinions, good or bad.
The book and its stories deserve no less than best effort.
Once more into the daylight and the night.
We shall see.
And thereby hangs another tale.