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The entrance area of the Crawford Gallery in Cork is home to 3 pieces by the great Louis Le Broquy. All are portraits of great irish writers- Yeats, Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Possibly some of the most famous portraits of modern times and in a style singular to Louis Le Broquy. Like all amazing art – you may see it online, in a book or hang a reproduction in your living room, but there is nothing to match standing in front of the genuine article. Next time you happen to be passing a gallery take a step inside and get up close.
This is my effort at the stupendous Samuel Beckett

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“New York is my lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment… a place where you’re least likely to be bitten by a wild goat”, so said Brendan Behan.
Of his many many witty remarks this must the one I can most relate to myself- more the first part and less for the goat reference!

Those who knew and admired his work gathered in Dublin in Grogans pub over the past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing on March 20th 1964.

This is a portrait – one of a series I am working on of Irish writers and wordsmiths of every kind

Hope you like it.

These images will be available on society six in the near future.
I will keep you all posted

Enjoy
Olivia

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Meet BB- he is a teddy bear who lives with his family in bear town. This image is one from BB sa Leabharlann (BB in the Library) and is the first in a series of books to compliment Babog Baby. Babog Baby is the first Irish speaking Teddy Bear. You will no doubt be familiar with Babog Baby as he has been adorning the shelves of major toy stockists for about 3 years now.

I was delighted to be approached by the guys in Galway to illustrate their first book and I am personally really happy with the result.  Just can’t wait to have one in my hand.

Anyone visiting an tOireachtas at the INEC in Killarney this week ( October 29th- November 3rd) will be able to see the book, I will be there at some stage on Saturday afternoon too.
The book should be available very soon. Visit Babogbaby.com for details on when it will be available.

Looks like another book I’ve worked on has been shortlisted for the Reics Carlo award.

Tubaiste ar an Titanic was written by Máire Zepf  with illustrations by yours truly. The publishers were Clo Mhaigh Eo

This is award recognises excellence in Irish language publishing.

http://www.gaelport.com/default.aspx?treeid=37&NewsItemID=8819

In 2011 another one of the books I worked on was also nominated – Hiudai Beag

That’s made my friday, who cares if it’s raining!

The winner Gradam Réics Carló will be announced on Wednesday 21 November at a special ceremony at the Sugarclub, Leeson St, Dublin 2.

 

Fainic a Fhiachra, written by Art Ó Súilleabháin and illustrated by yours truly is available in book stores nationwide and online at http://www.leabhar.com

It’s a simple story of a little buy who’s forever getting into sticky situations but by great luck comes away unharmed.

There will be some spreads to follow.

It got a nice space in the Evening Echo a while back- thanks for the mention there guys

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At last I received my very own hard copies of “Deora Draiochta” written by CBI AWARD winner 2012, Colmán Ó Raghallaigh. Here are a few spreads from it.

It’s a sweet tale of the fate of the old fashioned circus. People are not coming as they once did and tonight will be the last show, or will it?  Without realising it a little bit of magic from Coco the clown saves the day.

Thanks gain to Ray at Link Associates for some lovely typopgraphy.

It’s is available from http://www.leabhar.com and all good book stores.

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I am delighted to hear Colmán Ó Raghallaigh of Clo Mhaigh Eo is the winner of the CBI AWARD 2012 (Chldrens Books Irelands -CBI ). I’ve been very proud to work with Colman on a number of tiltes for Clo Mhaigh Eo and I know first hand the passion and enthusiasm he holds for both the irish language and children’s literature. A hearty congratulations Colmán. See the link below for more

http://www.leabhar.com/

As if it were a sign I discovered today that the South County Bar are starting conversational Irish nights in the coming weeks.They recently won a city wide competition for the use of the irish language in their everyday business.There will be fluent speakers in attendance to get things going and help those of us who are a bit rusty, all in the cosy surroundings of the bar. To add an extra bit if fun there will also be trad sessions going on. There’s no need to sign up- just pop along on a TUESDAY night and join in. http://thesouthcounty.com should have more details.