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The Driftwood Tree

by John Benn &

Catherine Edmunds




Gustav Holst

the Man and his Music

by Michael Short




An Abridged History of

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by Terry McCarthy

New Edition





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CORBYN: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

by Richard Seymour



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The Prostitute State


The Prostitute State

by Donnachadh McCarthy





The meeting place of eight poets

*eight of the best from the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition*


Georges Perec is my hero

by Caron Freeborn

*Winner of the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition, 2014*






The Driftwood Tree  

by John Benn and Catherine Edmunds

illustrated with original line-drawings and poetry








The Driftwood Tree is a story of determination amidst civil war, religious dogma and honest to goodness people who treasure their land. This collaborative novel by John Benn and Catherine Edmunds is illustrated throughout with line-drawings and poetry.

One river to cross one path to follow homeward

Ireland 1916, Peder O’Brien discovers the body of his mother after the lynch-mob left her hanging from the punishment post. The lad determines to extract justice in his own way. 
      Catholicism rules, but in the small town of Rossdore, amid the wind-blasted peninsulas of Munster’s coast, Peder determines life goes on. His is a verdant land where the mountains come down to the Atlantic and every vista is Elysian. Peder and his fisherman mate Calum are part and parcel of the community. Little Jo and big sister Mary Anne are always busy, as are Hannah and Martha keeping their offspring in line; but it is nurse Lizzie who wins the heart of the inhabitants and is never lost for encouraging – if barbed – words. 
      Life in Portleán and Carravoe is hardly a picnic, yet villagers are survivors and despite civil war, sectarian bigotry and the ever-present weather, Munster people take courage from their allotted portion and deal with it… hands on. 
      Rossdore struggled following the Great Famine but Father Jack is assigned to assist and when he tells Peder, “My parishioners have to patch me up every Sunday before I can conduct Matins,” he speaks with a contrite heart and a knowing smile.
      The characters that inhabit The Driftwood Tree are staying put in a land where intrepid stories and amicable endings are never taken for granted. Celts, Vikings, wrecked mariners and the locals cling to a tree that isn’t going anywhere. It has drifted far enough to fetch up on the foreshore of Bantry Bay. It’s a grand place to call home. 

The Driftwood Tree paperback  ISBN 978-1-910841-36-5 




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