Launch of Watching My Hands at Work: A Festschrift for Adrian Frazier, ed. Eva Bourke, Megan Buckley & Louis de Paor tomorrow evenining (thurs)

Posted: May 8, 2013 in book launch
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Launch of Watching My Hands at Work: A Festschrift for Adrian Frazier, ed. Eva Bourke, Megan Buckley & Louis de Paor


Thursday, 9 May 2013


Charle Bynes Bookshop Galway City

Facebook event of the launch here

(from the event)

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of an anthology of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays honouring Prof. Adrian Frazier of the School of English at NUI, Galway. Celebrating Adrian’s extraordinary contribution to creative and cultural life in Galway, both within and outside of NUIG, this anthology features work by a lively mix of established and internationally acclaimed writers, popular members of the local writing community, and graduates of NUIG’s M.A. in Writing and M.A. in Drama programmes who are at the early stages of their creative careers. Published by Salmon Poetry, the anthology will be launched by poet, playwright and broadcaster Vincent Woods. We are gathering to honour Adrian’s unique and inspiring presence in Galway: join us for an evening of music, readings, refreshments, and general great craic.

Edited by Eva Bourke, Megan Buckley, and Louis de Paor.


  • Guinn Batten
  • Eoin Bourke
  • Eva Bourke
  •  Edward Boyne
  •  Ken Bruen ( author of Jack Tayor novels and others)
  •  Megan Buckley
  •  Sandra Bunting,
  • Patricia Byrne,
  • Laura Ann Caffrey
  •  Moya Cannon
  •  Louis de Paor (Nui Galway Irish studies)
  • Theo Dorgan
  • Noel Duffy
  •  Susan Millar DuMars
  • Trish Finnan
  • Michael Gorman,
  • Ndrek Gjini
  •  Eamonn Grennan
  • Gerry Hanberry
  •  James Harpur
  •  Aideen Henry
  • Kevin Higgins
  • Rita Ann Higgins
  •  Dillon Johnston
  •  Hugo Kelly (Law Librian Nui Galway and Winner of New Writing Cuirt 2013)
  •  Thomas Kilroy (Playwright, former Professer of English NUI Galway )
  • Susan Lanigan
  • Molly McCloskey
  • Mike McCormack ( short story writer from Galway)
  •  Irina Ruppo Malone ( English Department NUI Galway)
  • Conor Montague
  • John Montague
  • Pete Mullineaux
  •  Val Nolan ( English Department NUI Galway)
  •  Mary O’Malley
  • Christian O’Reilly
  • Thomas Dillon Redshaw
  • Moya Roddy
  • Ailbhe Slevin
  •  Jordan Smith
  •  Deirdre Sullivan
  • Aine Tierney
  • Eamonn Wall
  •  Christian Wallace
  • David Wheatley
  •  Vincent Woods(poet, playwright and broadcaster RTE Arts Tonight

Who is Adrian Frazier

Photo Credits of humanities nui galway

Prof. Adrian Frazier is a graduate of Pomona College (BA 1971), Trinity College Dublin (Diploma in Anglo Irish Literature, 1973), and Washington University in St. Louis (MA 1976; Ph.D 1979). He has been on the faculty at Nanjing Teachers University (1979-81), Union College in New York (1981-2000), and the National University of Ireland at Galway (2000-), where he is the Director of the MA in Writing and also involved in the MA in Drama and Theatre Studies He has published on Irish poetry, drama, and fiction of the 20th century.  He was elected to be a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2012.

Adrian Frazier’s current teaching at NUI Galway includes courses in the history of the sonnet, the poetry and designs of William Blake, Yeats, Moore, and Joyce, Irish drama, writing from archives, creative nonfiction, and reviewing.

His research interests take in biography, nonfiction, poetic form, literary history, the teaching of writing, 20th century literature, Irish fiction, poetry, and drama, contemporary poetry, movies of ’Golden Age of Cinema,’ John Ford, W. B. Yeats, George Moore, J. M. Synge, and critical approaches rooted in Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and Darwin (taken  from NUI Galway staff page )


Vincent Woods

In recent years poet and playwright Vincent Woods has been a guest presenter on the arts programmes Rattlebag, The Arts Show and The Eleventh Hour. He worked as a journalist with RTÉ, presenting on Morning Ireland, until 1989 when he began writing full-time.

Vincent has won several awards for his writing, including The Stewart Parker Award for Drama, the PJ O’Connor Award for Radio Drama, and the M.J. McManus Award for Poetry.

His plays include John Hughdy/Tom John, At the Black Pig’s Dyke, Song of the Yellow Bittern, Fontamara, and for radio, The Leitrim Hotel. His poetry collections include The Colour of Language.

Vincent is a member of Aosdána.


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