I just finished this extraordinary book in two sittings. It’s a brilliant memoir that explores truth, lies and the stories we tell ourselves to get by. And in the end, it asks big questions about what you just read in a very clever way. I adored Derek Del Gaudio’s acclaimed show “In & Of Itself” (which I briefly wrote about here previously) and this book covers some of the tales told in that show, and overall it has the same spirit. His creativity and ingenuity is evident on every page, but more impressive is his ability to tell a story about a relatively, complex, niche topic (sleight of hand and crooked card dealing) in a straightforward compelling way. He has rapidly become one of my favourite artists. I love how he straddles the line between performer, illusionist, storyteller and good old-fashioned entertainer. Grab the book, it’s really worth a read. And if you haven’t seen “In & Of Itself”, set aside some time, it will connect with something deep within.
For anyone new to my website, I just wanted to holler about the recent publication of our award-nominated spoken word play, Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About. A decade ago we staged this show at the Dublin Fringe and subsequently toured it around Europe to huge critical acclaim. It was one of the most fulfilling and important artistic experiences of my life, and you can read more about the genesis and creation of the show here.
As for the book itself, we put incredible thought and care into creating something that was a unique work of art in-and-of-itself, with a cover produced on a letterpress printing press, on high quality handmade paper, which gives it a really unique look and feel. Inside the pages we have lots of gold too, with new forewords from myself and the other authors, archival photos, and essays from our Director, Sarah Brennan, as well as Irish Times journalist Gemma Tipton.
This unique 10th anniversary limited edition book is for sale right now directly from this website, so please consider supporting independent artists by picking up a copy today!
It’s #PoetryDayIRL and here is the 10th anniversary limited edition of “Three Men Talking” waking up in San Francisco to celebrate. Pick up a copy for someone in your life who loves poetry.
As a teenager I adored U2 (and I still do), so it was extra special to see that Bono got a copy of Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About yesterday from Stephen, when they were filming the annual Christmas Busk to raise funds for the Simon Community (who work tirelessly to aid those who are homeless).
If you told the teenage me, that my hero Bono would have my words in his hands, I would scarcely have believed you. But art moves in mysterious ways. Very proud today.
If you too (u2?) want a copy of the book, you can buy one here
Ten years apart. The original publication of our award nominated play alongside our new limited edition 10th anniversary edition. Photo and colourful carpet courtesy of Stephen James Smith.
The 10th anniversary limited edition publication of Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About is finally here. So excited to share it with you all. It will be on sale tonight at the event (tickets here). And we will soon announce details of how to buy it online (stay tuned!). It is a beautiful hand-set cover on high quality paper, with wonderful content bursting inside the covers, with new forewords from all three of us, a handful of never-before-seen photos, as well as brand new essays by our Director Sarah Brennan and Irish Times journalist Gemma Tipton. And the play itself is laid out in all it’s glory too of course. It’s a wonderful document of a spoken word play that set waves through the scene in Ireland, and had a profound impact on us all both professionally and personally. What a joy it is to bring a decade of art to life in this way. I’m a truly proud creative storyteller today!