Talkin’ Author Blues: My Speech at the IWC

On 6 April, the Dublin launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues took place at the Irish Writers Centre. The IWC provides an amazing venue for book launches and other literary events. And tonight the spotlight was on my surreal comedy novel. I felt like I had finally grown up as a writer. Indeed, I almost felt like…

A Radio Interview, Word for Word

In preparation for the recent book launch at the Irish Writers Centre, I gave a short interview at the end of March on "Word for Word" on Dublin South FM. I was interviewed by renowned political expert and social commentator, Dan O'Neil. You can listen to the interview here. It starts around the 40 min…

Chris Stevens: Talkin’ ‘Bout Them Squirrel Blues

On 6 April 2017, the Irish Writers Centre played host to the Dublin launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues. By 6.00 that evening, the room was all set up. And at 6.30 the guests - the great and the good of the Dublin literary scene - began to arrive. After some refreshing refreshments and casual chatter…

Them Squirrel Blues Again

Last Wednesday evening, the latest Sunflower Sessions took place in Jack Nealon's on Capel Street, Dublin. Sadly, this was to be our last literary gathering at this snug venue. We'll need to find pastures new in April. For this session, I decided to recite some of the blues lyrics from Talkin' Squirrel Blues. Fingers Flaherty,…

Not Gone

Today is my father's anniversary. Each year, I publish a short poem in the local paper to remember him. The words are as true today as when I first wrote them. The slippers lying empty under the bed; The shovel lying idle in the shed; The numbers scribbled beside the telephone. A new reminder every…

Flash Floyd

Last night we had the January gathering of the Sunflower Sessions in Dublin. It was also the official launch of the second issue of Flare, currently available from Books Upstairs. And it was an ideal opportunity to announce the Dublin launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues, taking place on 6 April at the Irish Writers Centre…

Rolling in the Deep with Fingers Flaherty

Today I was interviewed on the Midmorning Show on LMFM. I spoke about Talkin' Squirrel Blues and the various influences that inspired me on my squirrelly journey. If you'd like to listen to the interview, here's the podcast. The interview starts around the 9:00 mark. Listen! On the live broadcast, just before the interview, they…

Video Filmed the Squirrelly Star

The great and the good of Dundalk turned out in force on Saturday at 23 Seats for the launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues.  A tasty blend of delicious coffee and light blues music provided the ideal ambience for an evening of literature and music, chocolate and chat. We often need a deadline to focus our minds. So an…

Book launch at 23 Seats

And finally, the big night arrived... The Wild Weather Blues were in the air. But despite predictions of snowmageddon, a large crowd of family and friends turned out for the launch of Talking' Squirrel Blues at 23 Seats in Dundalk this evening. A huge word of thanks to everyone who showed up and made it such…