Launch is on November 11th
Roscommon County Council awards an annual bursary to the winner of its Chapbook Competition. A chapbook is a small book of short stories or poetry, and the bursary is a grant that covers the cost of publication. Previous winners have included poets Sinéad McClure and Rory Duffy, and authors Anne Byrne and Kevin Hora.
This year’s winner is Boyle author John Mulligan, with his short story collection ‘American Parcel,’ a collection of four American-themed stories. The book will be launched in King House Tearooms at 3 pm on Saturday, November 11th, by Senator Eugene Murphy. Copies of the publication will be available at the launch, priced just €5, and all the money from the sales will be used to help defray some of the costs of the annual King House Christmas lunch.
With the aid of some volunteer staff, Dorothy Shannon (the popular owner of the King House Tearoom business) provides a Christmas lunch each year for anyone in Boyle who is alone at Christmas. The author is delighted to show his support for this altruism and hard work by helping in some way with the expense of providing this fantastic local service.
So, make a note of the time and date, come along and enjoy a glass of nice wine or a coffee, and buy a copy or two of the book. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend if you like, and let’s start Christmas early!