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fermata: Writings inspired by Music, edited by Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods was launched at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival.

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fermata is a collection of poetry and prose responding to the universally appealing theme of music edited by Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods. A fermata in musical notation is a pause or a hold extending the length of the note played, literally a breathing space. The strong connection between music and word is embodied in this diverse compilation of writings on music in poetry and prose. It is a chorus of diverse and lively voices in response to the most beloved of all the arts.

The writings of the sixty-five contributors is all-embracing, they respond to the music inspired by singers, composers, musicians, dancers and nature. From Bach, Shostakovich, Saint Saëns, Fauré to a lullaby in a dead South African language, from a practice session in a community centre to the melodious litany for a wagtail, from elegies for Elvis and a lament for Johnny Cash. All this and far more can be found in fermata.

Amongst the poets/writers included are: Leland Bardwell, Ken Bruen, Moya Cannon, Ciaran Carson, Harry Clifton, Theo Dorgan, Paul Durcan, Peter Fallon, Leonita Flynn, Hugo Hamilton, Kerry Hardie, James Harpur, Seamus Heaney, Rita Ann Higgins, Pearse Hutchinson, Thomas Kinsella, Michael Longley, Joan McBreen, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Sinéad Morrissey, Dennis O’Driscoll, Mary O’Malley, Justin Quinn, Gabriel Rosenstock, Peter Sirr, Colm Tóibín, and David Wheatley.

The late John Montague, author of the foreword to An Art Lover's Guide to the French Riviera by Patrick J Murphy in conversation with the author, Patrick, and John's wife, Elizabeth Waddell, at the launch of An Art Lover's Guide to the French Riviera in Nice on 13th July, 2016.

The late John Montague, author of the foreword to An Art Lover’s Guide to the French Riviera by Patrick J Murphy in conversation with the author, Patrick, and John’s wife, Elizabeth Wassell, at the launch of An Art Lover’s Guide to the French Riviera in Nice on 13th July, 2016.

Artisan House was deeply saddened to hear of the death of poet, John Montague. Amongst the tributes to the late John Montague, we would like to share our own personal tribute.

Earlier this year, John wrote a beautiful foreword to our publication An Art Lover’s Guide to the French Riviera by Patrick J Murphy. Patrick, with his wife Antoinette, spend much time in Nice where they have an apartment and were personal friends of John and his wife Elizabeth, who lived nearby in the same district in Nice.

Our dealings with John and Elizabeth were truly delightful, a consummate writer and professional in all dealings with us, we are honoured to have him included in an Artisan House publication.

In his foreword to An Art Lover’s Guide to the French Riviera, John’s opening paragraph speaks of his love of Nice and the French Riviera:

“One morning in 1917, Henri Matisse threw open the shutters of his hotel room in Nice and marvelled at a sea ‘the blue of sapphires, of the peacock’s wing… and yet it is none of these, for it shines with the unearthly radiance of Neptune’s kingdom’. My wife, Elizabeth, and I experienced a similar excitement when we first glimpsed the sea at Nice, only it was from the window not of a room but of a plane. Matisse had journeyed into the blue radiance of Nice from the pewter light of northern France, and we also were arriving from the north of Europe, though from grey Belfast, where I was teaching at Queen’s University during my first term as the first Ireland Professor of Poetry. When the wing tilted over the Bay of Angels, and the light seemed to flare up to greet us, we fell in love with the French Riviera.”

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Mary & Vincent
Artisan House

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Best Seafood Cookbook in the World!

We are delighted to announce Michael O’Meara’s Sea Gastronomy has won Best Seafood Cookbook in the World in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2016!

The Gourmand Awards ceremony took place in Yantai, China. Equador took 2nd place and 3rd place went to Japan.

Sea-Gastronomy

SEA Gastronomy

Fish & Shelfish of the North Atlantic

A comprehensive culinary companion
by author/photographer Michael O’Meara,
Oscars Seafood Bistro, Galway.

Regular hardback edition €30
440 pages, 220 recipes
120 fish and shellfish species
380 colour images

Special limited hardback edition €100
only 250 copies with an original photographic print, signed,
dated & numbered by chef Michael O’Meara.

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