‘A Fascination with Fabric’ (Arlen House), A Selection of prose from Ireland’s Own by Eileen Casey is now available from Arlen House or directly from the author (details on request).
Ireland’s Own is an iconic publication which is now over 100 years old. Writer Eileen Casey is a regular contributor, publishing memoir, travel, literature and social history articles.
Hugo Hamilton wrote, “Eileen Casey has a rich and evocative style which she delivers with great subtlety.”
‘A Fascination with Fabric,’ takes its title from a memory inspired by the author’s growing up in a house where her mother was a dressmaker. It covers a broad range of topics: One City, One Book, 2014, the passing of Seamus Heaney, Poets at the Whitehouse, Limerick, Meeting William Trevor, The Bayno (The History of the Iveagh Trust), John Hewitt and the Glens of Antrim to driving De Valera’s car at Ennis Library, being crowned Miss Mod in the ‘70’s in a dancehall in Rathcabbin, Co Offaly, chimney cleaning, travels in the Alps, Kentucky, Forest Bathing on La Gomera, among a host of others. This unique collection is informative, entertaining and diverse . ‘In the Beginning,’ was short-listed for The Fish Memoir Prize, 2014. Other prose awards include Listowel Writers’ Week, Age & Opportunity Letter Writing Awards and An Post Writing Prize. ‘From the Royal School,’ (a memoir poem) first appeared in Glenn Patterson’s Literary Miscellany in The Ulster Tatler.
Eileen Casey, originally from the Midlands, lives in South Dublin. Her collections include poetry (New Island), fiction (Arlen House) and Prose (Arlen House). The recipient of a Hennessy Literary Award (Emerging Fiction), she also received a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Poetry Fellowship. She holds an M.Phil in Creative Writing from The School of English, The Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College, Dublin.
Eileen has also published ‘The Jane Austen Sewing Kit’ (A Creative Writing Anthology). Seamus Cashman said, ‘The Jane Austen Sewing Kit’ is a vigorous miscellany embroidered with energy and experience – the author’s life is itself a creative writing workshop which delights and sparkles while entrusting the reader with valuable insights and practical advice.’
Again, if you’d to purchase this anthology from the author, details are available on request.