A SMALL local publishing house will take a major step forward this Friday when it launches three new books - and relaunches a classic - but now rather ironic - book of tips.
Former Bluebox Creative Learning centre manager Mark Lloyd, Dooradoyle, set up Pillar International Publishing in 2012.
In the company’s first few years, Mark has published on-demand and electronically, with a particular highlight being the re-launch of Helene Close’s Pinhead Duffy last year.
But now Mark has moved to being a traditional publisher, with books being distributed by Gill and MacMillan.
And he will celebrate this on Friday night in O’Mahony’s Bookshop, with the formal launch of four books.
Mark is republishing the Homecraft Book, something originally published in the 1940s by his late grandmother, writing under the pseudonym Anne Hathaway.
Originally published in the 1940s and full of ‘mostly non-lethal advice’, the book contains some interesting tips of the day, including the use of peroxide to burn freckles.
But Mark insists some tips remain useful to this day, including cleaning enamel pots with crushed eggshells.
Also Mark will launch a piece called ‘Sour’ by a new Dublin-based author Alan Walsh also on the night.
Set in modern-day rural Ireland, Sour has been described as “a dark, absurdist, modern retelling of Deirdre of the Sorrows”.
Finally, two self-penned quiz books - ‘The ready-made kids quiz’ and ‘The ready-made school quiz’ will also be introduced.
Mark describes these as “great craic for kids and their families on long car journeys”.
As for the future, he has identified writers in Bristol and the Isle of Man - giving him a base in the British market. But he is still keen to hear from up-and-coming Irish writers.
Mark will launch the four books in O’Mahony’s Bookshop this Friday at 7pm.