Dromineer Literary Festival October 7th to 10th 2010

dromineer-literary-festivalThe seventh annual Dromineer Literary Festival will be held from the 7th. – 10th, October 2010 at the Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer, Co. Tipperary.  The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Memories’.

EVENT Book Launch Marjorie Quarton’s Mary Cannon’s Commonplace Book: an Irish Kitchen in the 1700s The Lilliput Press

VENUE Lough Derg Yacht Club

DATE Saturday afternoon October 9, from 4 to 5.30pm

ENTRY FREE All Welcome

The organising committee of the Dromineer Literary Festival are delighted to have Marjorie Quarton launch her new book Mary Cannon’s Commonplace Book: an Irish kitchen in the 1700s (The Lilliput Press) at Lough Derg Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon on October 9 from 4 to 5.30pm.  The author and director of the Killaloe Hedge School, David Rice, will be introducing the book at the launch.

An ancestress of Marjorie, Mary Cannon wrote around one hundred recipes between 1700 and 1710.  Mrs. Smithwick, Marjorie’s mother, collected the recipes and was keen for her daughter to write a book about them, but, as the author notes, “it was to be thirty years before I got round to it!” The recipes contained in the book reflect a background of historical events, peppered with colourful characters, and are illustrated with old photographs and drawings by a cousin of the author, Alice Bouilliez.

Marjorie Quarton, neé Smithwick, was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in 1930 and educated in Dublin.  She was in her mid-fifties before she began to write, and to be published.  In April of this year Lilliput published Quarton’s Part-Time Writer Notes & Reflections. This book, which has been described as a “tool-kit, compass and manual in one” discusses the craft of writing across a range of disciplines, from the short story to the novel, memoir and non-fiction and is essential reading for novice and established writer alike.  Her novels include Renegade (1991), Corporal Jack (1988) and No Harp Like My Own (1987).  Her memoir Breakfast the Night Before was published by The Lilliput Press in 2000.  She has written short stories, children’s books and standard works on border collies and other animals.

For further details please visit our website www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie

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