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RADAR Reading Series: September Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00pm San Francisco Public Library in San Francisco, California You’re going

RADAR Reading Series: September



San Francisco Library












New York City March 21st and March 23rd 2014,  I will be launching Baby Zero in the U.S.  with the wonderful revolutionary poet Kevin Williamson as part of a Neu! Reekie!  NY showcase.  Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A.



Baby Zero cover

NEU! REEKIE! take to New York - Sidewalk NYC -
TWO FREE SHOWS (i) FRIDAY 21st (2) SUNDAY 23RD.FRIDAY 21st MARCH - Neu Reekie in NYC #1
22:00 – 00:00
Lomond Campbell
TeenCanteen (solo)
Withered Hand & friendsSUNDAY 23rd MARCH - Neu Reekie in NYC #2
19:00 – 00:00
Neu! Reekie! Poets
Animation & Film Showcase
Lomond Campbell
TeenCanteen (solo)Both shows are FREE and at Sidewalk, East Village:http://www.sidewalkny.com/Ran by writers Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson, Neu! Reekie! is a showcase of animation, poetry and music that has taken the UK by storm. Scotland’s most popular mixed arts night has spiralled out into live art; light sculptures; a raffle of the absurd; and much MUCH more punk-cabaret-esque lustre.Past guests have included (full band, pared back or solo sets from members of):
Primal Scream; Frightened Rabbit; Teenage Fanclub; The Pastels; BMX Bandits; Belle and Sebastian: Irvine Welsh; Liz Lochhead; John Giorno; David Shrigley; Vic Godard; Momus; Lach; Young Fathers; and many more.Neu! Reekie!
:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6e5eg3e_so http://neureekie.tumblr.com/———– MUSICAL ACTS —————Withered Handhttp://witheredhand.com/TeenCanteenhttp://www.teencanteen.co.uk/

Lomond Campbell: http://lomondcampbell.bandcamp.com/

HEIDEMANN - https://www.facebook.com/HEIDEMANNmusic

———– WRITERS ——————

Michael Pedersenhttp://www.birlinn.co.uk/Play-With-Me.html

Kevin Williamsonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Williamson_(politician)

Emer Martinhttp://emermartin.com/

For more info contact: michael@neureekie.com

Like all good Scots we’ll be bringing fine whiskys that will be gifted to one and all.





Sept 19th-23rd 2012

Acrylic on Canvas

The Bull Dreaming

A Stone Poem in the Ruins – Homage to the Stories of SeanO’Conaill

(installation in a ruined cabin in Cill Rialaig Village in honor of the 21st anniversary of the artists’ retreat)

This land gave us the stories 

Story shapes our soul 

First she spoke 

Now she whispers 

Keep listening 

They die Untold 

Untold we die

Acrylic on Paper

Ruins are reminders of what is lost and what endures.  In this ruined house babies were born, families lived and struggled, and so many died.  Ruins are a testament to the only thing we know for sure; everything changes all the time. By this cold broken fireplace, now open to the brutally beautiful sky, stories were told.  These stories are the last link to the first of our people.  They were passed down orally century after century through the wisdom of a non-literate people. Living outside the literate world was living outside the power of church and state; they existed in a land that was not entirely human, and linked to a world in which the language of other animals, and indeed, the mountains themselves could be heard. Men become bulls, bulls become crows, hags become rocks, everything shifts and changes in a flexible, yielding, non-static world.  This fragile process was dependant on the great minds of story tellers like Sean O’Conaill of Cill Rialaig, and his unshakable faith in the sacred power of the stories.

But the stories won’t be preserved by books alone.  Critically, they are stories to be told.  To our peril, in this high tech world, we live very much disassociated from the land and other living beings. The preservation of one to one storytelling, in real time, in each other’s presence, without a distancing screen or a page between the teller and the listener is more important than ever.  It is not only the stories but the very act of storytelling that must be continually renewed.  The Native Americans talked of stories as medicine that came from the land and held the world together.

The Bull Becomes a Crow – acrylic on Canvas


The stories are us.  Through our respect for a land which we have storied, they protect the very earth which in turn nourishes us. They are a different kind of knowledge, a less obvious treasury, for they are the history of our dreams on this wild island of Ireland, here on the edge of the world.

Acrylic on Canvas

The Story Teller

You will find me in the ruins over the course of the festival waiting to tell you Sean’s stories.

When he finished a story, Sean O’Conaill would recite this to the listeners:

This is my story.  If there is a lie in it let it be so.  It was not I who composed it. I got no reward but butter boots and paper stockings.  The White-Legged Hound came, and ate the boots from my feet, and tore my paper stockings!

Emer Martin, Cill Rialaig Village, September 2012

Stonemason Stephen Burke

Map of Events

Invite Events List

Official invite

New York New York 2011

The Stinging Fly in New York

Three events celebrating a special New York-themed issue of The Stinging


Writing Dublin, Writing New York, a discussion at The Center for
Fiction, moderated by Stinging Fly editor Declan Meade. Nick Laird,
Emer Martin, Sean O’Reilly and Keith Ridgway share their experiences of writing
at home and away.

Then a reading at Columbia University hosted by Columbia: A Journal
of Literature and Art

We finish with more readings and music at Swifts’ Hibernian Lounge.


Locations & Dates

Tuesday 25th Oct

The Center for Fiction

17 E 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison)
New York, NY 10017

Wednesday 26th October at Columbia

Columbia University, Morningside Heights Campus

Dodge Room 501,
116th and Broadway,
New York, NY 10027

Swift Hibernian Lounge on Thursday

Thursday 27th October

7pm till the wee hours,

34 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

October 27 – October 27


8pm Oct 14th Galway reading and I will be judging a fiction slam – looks like an early night so..

Creative Writing Workshop with Emer Martin

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November: 10.30am-4.30pm

Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Tel: +353 1 8721302
Email: info@writerscentre.ie

What makes good writing great? Whether you are a poet or a novelist, writing takes skill, talent, discipline and a continuous flow of original ideas. So how do we keep the creative channel open? This intensive two day workshop is designed to open your work up and show you methods to access the deeper parts of yourself over a long period of time to improve your craft and take your writing to a deeper level. Open to all levels and all kinds of writing.


Thursday, June 19th, 7pm
…A reading at Balbriggan Library

Sophia Housing is presenting its biannual celebration of great Irish short films on Friday June 27th at 7.30pm. Ten-multi award winning short Irish films will be screened. Writers/directors include established names such as Irvine Welsh, and rising stars such as Emer Martin, Ciaran Foy, and Graham Cantwell, Rachel Rath among others. What makes this event unique is its intimacy. Unlike a traditional film festival each filmmaker gets an opportunity to introduce their films, answer questions, and mingle with the audience. Tickets cost E50 each. Price includes a selection of fine wines, gourmet finger food and light refreshments together with an opportunity to celebrate the international success of short Irish Films and meet with the writers and directors. This unconventional and enjoyable night was a resounding success in 2006. All the proceeds will go to Sophia, a voluntary organization that provides accommodation and support for people with special needs and the homeless. Sophia is a organization that alleviates the root cause of homelessness with a unique holistic approach enabling people to make a positive difference in their lives.

WHERE:25 Cork St, Dublin 8.
01 4738300

White Dress, Director Vanessa Gildea.
Stalking Colin Farrell, Director Cora McNabb
Unaccompanied, Director Emer Martin.
Past Pupil, Director Graham Cantwell.
The Faeries of Blackheath Woods, Director Ciaran Foy
Scumbot, Director Ciaran Foy.
Undressing My Mother, Director Ken Waldrop
Out of Sight, Director Sophia Kansanniva
Nuts, Director Irvine Welsh
The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish, Director Andrew Legge

January, 31st

Emer will be appearing in the National Library in Edinburgh 7pm, Jan 31st to chair an evening retrospective on the career of Kevin Williamson the legendary publisher of Rebel Inc.


Fly By Night
readings … dance … music … more …

The Stinging Fly is proud to present a winter gathering for its writers and readers (old and new) at the Voodoo Lounge (Arran Quay, Dublin 7) on Wednesday December 5th.


Doors 8pm. Admission €10.

(Please note first performances begin shortly after 8pm so do get there early if you want to catch everything.)

Tickets available on door, or can be booked in advance here. Prepaid tickets will be held at the door.


Readings by our 2007 Featured Poets, Helena Nolan and Keith Payne

The presentation of the 2007 Stinging Fly Prize to Sarah Purcell

by judge Emer Martin

A short story from Kevin Barry and new work from Sean O’Reilly

Choreographer Olwen Grindley and media artist Tim Redfern
A performance of ‘Slit-Scan Choreography’ – a process where video of a performer’s physical movements is manipulated ‘live’ to create a simultaneous image of movement over time

Music by The Big Tomato Band … and … Larry Beau

Dancing until late with DJ Eileen Gogan

Books and copies of The Stinging Fly will be on sale on the night thanks to Regan at the Winding Stair.

Come join us for a night to remember at the Voodoo Lounge.



Sat 26th 7.45
The 11th Edinburgh26 7.45pm Kevin Williamson, Don Paterson and Emer Martin (Readings)
& Radical
Book Fair
.. .t h e a lt er n at ive E dinbu r gh book fes t i val
24 – 28 October 2007
Out of the Blue Drill Hall
30-38 Dalmeny Street (off Leith Walk)
Entry to the Book Fair is free. No tickets required.

Thurs 11 Oct 2007
Emer Martin and Mary Rose Callaghan
6.00pm Waterstones, Dawson Street, Dublin
A talk, reading and Q&A session with the authors


Thursday 4 Oct 2007






Emer Martin & Steve MacDonogh
8.00pm Killarney Library, Co. Kerry
The author of Baby Zero and the editorial director of Brandon in a talk, reading and Q&A session.

Fri 5 Oct 2007


1.00pm Dingle Bookshop, Green Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry
A talk, reading and Q&A session with the author of Baby Zero, and guest appearance by the legendary poet and revolutionary Kevin Williamson whose book In A Room Darkened is being released this month. Emer’s painting is on the cover.

kevin’s book


Monday 10th September 2007: 7.30pm, Ballina Library

Public prose workshop for writers.
This workshop is aimed at amateur writers (from writers’ groups etc.). There is a maximum of 10 for the workshop.

Thursday 13th September 2007: 8pm, Ballina Library

‘Remembering Jack Kerouac’. Readings night.
Readings night featuring all four resident EDGE07 writers, joined by a number of guests, reading from On the Road as well as some of Kerouac’s poetry and some of your own work.

Spirit Nightclub
Sunday, 8 July 2007
Frank Ilfman AKA DJ Carnival-Pod / DJ Saskia /
DJ Tony Walsh/ Irish short films / Diva Manilla

Sunday, 8 July

sees Spirit Nightclub re-launch Mardi Gras, the monthly eclectic party, with a superb line-up of guests, hand-picked from the Irish and international film, music and alternative scenes, performing to an estimated crowd of one thousand.

DJs and drag artists will be introduced by the screening of approximately ten short films, mostly of Irish stock. The novelist Irvine Welsh has a notable presence on the night, as actor, writer and director of two of the films. Unaccompanied is a new film by novelist and filmmaker Emer Martin. It stars Maria Hayden (Bloom and The Dead) and is produced by Niall McKay and the Media Factory. Welsh features as a social worker who comes across a traumatized young boy from Africa, adrift on the streets of Dublin. Welsh is also the writer and director of Nuts, a film about a man coming to terms with a genital illness. Emer Martin is producer and Greg Hecq is cinematographer. The full line-up for the night is still to be confirmed, but Graham Cantwell’s award winning short A Dublin Story is expected to show also. Directed by Cantwell, produced by Tamara Anghie and written by Brian Timmons, it beautifully contrasts the innocence of two boys, Sanga and Clocker, with the harsh realities of the capital city they call home. The film won the Light in Motion Award for Best Irish Short at the Foyle International Film Festival 2003 and the Kodak Tiernan McBride Award for Best Irish Short at the Galway Film Fleadh 2003. It was also shortlisted for Academy Award nomination in 2004.


Saturday Lunchtime Readings in the Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch, Emer will be reading from Baby Zero.


Baby Zero was launched MARCH 8TH, in Waterstones on Dawson St at 6.30pm. Irvine Welsh and Emer Martin did a reading and signing.Â


Emer Martin in conversation with Irvine Welsh. All welcome. www.writerscentre.ie


Bardic Brunch with Little John Nee, Emer Martin & Irvine Welsh
12-2pm- King’s Head, High Street- Admission €18/15 (includes brunch).
This year’s Bardic Brunch looks to be one of the most exciting ever with
special guests Emer Martin and Irvine Welsh. Emer Martin is from Dublin and arrived on the Irish literary scene with a bang in 1996 with her first
novel Breakfast on Babylon. She will read from her uproarious third novel,Babyzero, a darkly comic novel about a family caught between the
fundamentalism of the East and the commercialism of the West. Cúirt welcomes back Edinburgh’s own, the legendary Irvine Welsh; his visit in 1996 is considered one of the high points in the festival’s history. He will read from his latest novel, The Bedroom Secrets of the Masterchefs (2006).
One-man cabaret Little John Nee will liven up even the haziest Sunday morning brain with his dazzling wordsmithery and song: join in the craic in the funky surroundings of The King’s Head.
The Writers Bloc. Literary Evening Thursday 10th May

Evening of writing wit and wine with Emer Martin and Victoria Mary Clarke. Emer ‘s works include ‘Breakfast at Babylon’ Book of the year, Listowel Writers week ’96 and most recently ‘Baby Zero’. Victoria Mary Clarke’s works include ‘A drink with Shane MacGowan’ and most recently ‘Angel in Disguise’. Music interludes with Darren Byrne and possibly Shane MacGowan.

For bookings:

Wexford Arts Centre
Tel: 053 91 23764