Mick Donnellan’s New Novel “Mokusatsu” Available now in Paperback.

Charlie’s out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the death of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm.

Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him.

And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better?

At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

Mokusatsu – A Novel by Mick Donnellan.

€12.50

 

 

 

Novel – El Niño (in Paperback).

El Niño is the exciting debut novel from Mayo man, Mick Donnellan. Slick, stylish and always entertaining, the story is a rollercoaster of drama and tension that hasn’t been seen in Irish fiction for a very long time. Charlie is our protagonist, the pick pocket that steals El Nino’s wallet and then falls in love with her. She’s the wild femme fatale, beautiful; enigmatic and seductive. She rocks Charlie’s world with her smoky wiles and drinking ways and her tough girl ideals. This is Noir at its best. Dark and edgy with crisp fresh dialogue and a plot that engages the reader from the first line and keeps them up all night – right through to it’s powerful finish.

€12.99

 

 

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Tales from the Heart – New Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.

Buy “Tales from the Heart” here and have it delivered in Paperback Directly to your Door! * Tales from the Heart is a recent publication from the AIT Writing Class, launched by Mary O’Rourke in early April of this year. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life. The Writers The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr​om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product. Read more on http://www.mickdonnellan.com

€11.99

 

 

Fisherman’s Blues (Paperback)

Fisherman’s Blues is the hilarious new novel from Mick Donnellan.Dark and audacious, written in a distinct West of Ireland vernacular, it covers a myriad of genres from Crime Noir to comedy and an odd bit of religion. Fresh in its language, vivid in its descriptions, the book sings with the signature style of all Donnellan’s previous work, and a bit more. Delving into the lives of drinkers, lovers, thieves and scam artists, the story weaves a web of intrigue and curiosity that ends with an unforgettable bang. Not without its poignant moments, the plot hinges on the chaotic consequences of three unlikely comrade’s attempts to save their lost relationships, while unintentionally ruining the plans of a rising criminal’s efforts to take over the city. The question is: Can they succeed? And if they don’t, what then? And where have the women really gone?

€10.99

“Tales from the Heart – New Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.” Now Available to buy in Paperback.

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Tales from the Heart is a collection of exciting new work from the writing class at Athlone Institute of Technology. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life. The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr​om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product.

 

Tales from the Heart – New Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.

Buy “Tales from the Heart” here and have it delivered in Paperback Directly to your Door! * Tales from the Heart is a recent publication from the AIT Writing Class, launched by Mary O’Rourke in early April of this year. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life. The Writers The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr​om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product. Read more on http://www.mickdonnellan.com

€11.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Mick Donnellan’s novels in Paperback now! – “El Niño” and “Fisherman’s Blues” available here.

Novel – El Niño (in Paperback).

El Niño is the exciting debut novel from Mayo man, Mick Donnellan. Slick, stylish and always entertaining, the story is a rollercoaster of drama and tension that hasn’t been seen in Irish fiction for a very long time. Charlie is our protagonist, the pick pocket that steals El Nino’s wallet and then falls in love with her. She’s the wild femme fatale, beautiful; enigmatic and seductive. She rocks Charlie’s world with her smoky wiles and drinking ways and her tough girl ideals. This is Noir at its best. Dark and edgy with crisp fresh dialogue and a plot that engages the reader from the first line and keeps them up all night – right through to it’s powerful finish.

€12.99

Fisherman’s Blues (Paperback)

Fisherman’s Blues is the hilarious new novel from Mick Donnellan.Dark and audacious, written in a distinct West of Ireland vernacular, it covers a myriad of genres from Crime Noir to comedy and an odd bit of religion. Fresh in its language, vivid in its descriptions, the book sings with the signature style of all Donnellan’s previous work, and a bit more. Delving into the lives of drinkers, lovers, thieves and scam artists, the story weaves a web of intrigue and curiosity that ends with an unforgettable bang. Not without its poignant moments, the plot hinges on the chaotic consequences of three unlikely comrade’s attempts to save their lost relationships, while unintentionally ruining the plans of a rising criminal’s efforts to take over the city. The question is: Can they succeed? And if they don’t, what then? And where have the women really gone?

€10.99

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Athlone Launch of Mick Donnellan’s New Novel “Mokusatsu” May 5th @ Athlone Castle.

You are invited to the launch of:

“Mokusatsu”

 
A new novel
from 
Mick Donnellan. 
May 5th @ Athlone Castle. 
Time: 2pm. 
 

*As Part of the –Poetry in the Park -Monthly Meeting.

 
Media Contact: Mick Donnellan
 
E-mail: mickdonnellan@hotmail.com
 
Tel: (087) 9422942
 
 
 
 

About

Mokusatsu is the long awaited sequel to Novelist Mick Donnellan’s first book El Niño. Despite the Japanese name, Mokusatsu is set in Ireland – and a significant part of the story is set in Athlone. Charlie, the protagonist, is out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the death of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm.

Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him.

And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better?

At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

Poetry in the Park

Poetry in the Park is a community event, open to all ages and nationalities. It is held on the first Sunday of every month at 2pm. This month’s event will take place in Athlone Castle and will feature many local writers and poets. As usual, all writers present will have a chance to showcase their work and read from the latest volume of the highly regarded Poetry in the Park Publication. The group have been kind enough to offer Mick Donnellan the opportunity to launch Mokusatsu on the day. It also promises to be a very exciting and creative time around Athlone as the All Ireland Drama Festival will be in full swing. All are welcome and urged to attend and the invite is open to all artists, families and anyone else looking for day out with a cultural difference.

Mick Donnellan is from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. He has worked as a novelist, screenwriter and playwright for many years. He currently lives in Athlone, Co.Westmeath, where he teaches Creative Writing at the Athlone Institute of Technology. Mokusatsu is his third novel. You can read more about Mick on www.mickdonnellan.com.

 

 

 

Want Mokusatsu in Paperback delivered direct to your door? If so, click below.

 

 

Mokusatsu – A Novel by Mick Donnellan.

€12.50

 

Invitation to Book Launch – “Tales from the Heart” – New Creative Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.

You are cordially invited to the launch of:

 

 

“Tales from the Heart”

– New Creative Writing from 

Athlone Institute of Technology.

Written by

Students of AIT Athlone’s Creative Writing Class

Edited by Mick Donnellan.

Launched by

Mary O’Rourke.

Venue: AIT Athlone

Date: Friday – April 12th

Time: 6pm-8.30pm.

Media Contact: mickdonnellan@hotmail.com

Tel: (087) 9422942. 

About

Tales from the Heart is a collection of exciting new work from the writing class at Athlone Institute of Technology. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life.

The Writers

The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product. 

Background

The Writing Class began in September 2017 and has since gone from strength to strength. Taught and co-ordinated by Mick Donnellan, with the help of the Lifelong Learning Department at AIT, the course has seen an exponential rise in demand coupled with a series of exciting successes. To date, three students have had books published and others have gone on to be accepted to prestigious writing programmes such as the Masters in Trinity and NUI Galway. Most recently, Aiden Shorthall shot to prominence with his gripping memoir: The Tree That Fell In Winter. He cites the writing course as a crucial instrument on his road to success. 

The course covers an array of genres such as Fiction, Playwrighting, Journalism, Screenwriting, Poetry and the Publishing industry. The aim is to determine the best voice for each student/writer that enrols. Writers often come to the class believing they are Novelists and leave as Poets. Or start out thinking they want to be a Journalist only to discover they’re more of a Playwright. By covering each topic, we find the approach that best suits each student and allows  them the creative flexibility to explore their writing and reach their full potential.

Tales from the Heart is a testament to the success of this method. Every writer has excelled themselves to push their imagination to the limit and beyond and now has the experience and confidence to push forward into a rich and rewarding career in the writing industry. 

As a publishing triumph in its own right, the book is already enjoying enormous demand and anticipation for the launch is gathering huge momentum. With such well known figures as Mary O’Rourke to speak, backed by such a prestigious organisation as the Athlone Institute of Technology, there is no doubt that an inspired and delightful evening will be enjoyed by all. 

Also, don’t forget that the writers themselves will be reading selected tales on the evening to give a flavour of the bright  and brilliant excellence between the publication’s covers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tales from the Heart will be on sale on the night @ €10. 

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New Post on Patreon – Writing Short Stories: As taught by Mick Donnellan.

 

Hey,

Some new notes on the Short Story uploaded to my Patreon Account for anyone interested.

“The move from established ideas, testing the boundaries of form and structure, saying more with less.”  https://www.patreon.com/posts/25224606

 

You can also read more about the Patreon concept here:

http://www.patreon.com/mickdonnellan

 

Best,

 

Mick.

 

**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisherman’s Blues (Paperback)

Fisherman’s Blues is the hilarious new novel from Mick Donnellan.Dark and audacious, written in a distinct West of Ireland vernacular, it covers a myriad of genres from Crime Noir to comedy and an odd bit of religion. Fresh in its language, vivid in its descriptions, the book sings with the signature style of all Donnellan’s previous work, and a bit more. Delving into the lives of drinkers, lovers, thieves and scam artists, the story weaves a web of intrigue and curiosity that ends with an unforgettable bang. Not without its poignant moments, the plot hinges on the chaotic consequences of three unlikely comrade’s attempts to save their lost relationships, while unintentionally ruining the plans of a rising criminal’s efforts to take over the city. The question is: Can they succeed? And if they don’t, what then? And where have the women really gone?

€10.99

Novel – El Niño (in Paperback).

El Niño is the exciting debut novel from Mayo man, Mick Donnellan. Slick, stylish and always entertaining, the story is a rollercoaster of drama and tension that hasn’t been seen in Irish fiction for a very long time. Charlie is our protagonist, the pick pocket that steals El Nino’s wallet and then falls in love with her. She’s the wild femme fatale, beautiful; enigmatic and seductive. She rocks Charlie’s world with her smoky wiles and drinking ways and her tough girl ideals. This is Noir at its best. Dark and edgy with crisp fresh dialogue and a plot that engages the reader from the first line and keeps them up all night – right through to it’s powerful finish.

€12.99

 

Casting Blues – Sunday Morning Coming Down.

Check out my latest post on Patreon about Casting, choosing the right actor, and red flags during the audition process.

Click here. Casting: Sunday Morning Coming Down on Patreon.

Don’t forget to check out the reward tiers for becoming a Patron. You can unlock all creative posts and blogs for less than a cup of coffee per month. You’ll also get advance copies of upcoming novels, special shout outs and a choice between my existing books, signed and delivered to your door.

Cheers,

Mick.

 

New Patreon Account.

Hello,
I’ve started a Patreon account. It’s a subscription based website for Artists that allows followers to contribute to an artist’s work in return for rewards such as advance copies of novels, comped tickets for Plays/Films or access to expertise they may be interested in.
I’ll be sharing my teaching methods and notes and keeping all fans and followers informed of upcoming events.
Probably the most interesting thing for aspiring writers is that I’ll be using it as critiquing and feedback service. For anyone that wants to get in touch for advice, editing or direction in publishing.  I’ll be able to commit some time and help in any way I can.
You’ll have full access to all my notes and teaching methods as well as podcasts, videos and new work I’ll soon be bringing to fruition.

As always, there’s no expectation or obligation. I’m always open to help and give feedback when I can anyway but lately it’s been hard to find the time and this might be a valuable resource to begin with. It’s also a good way to build a community and stay in touch.

Even if you’re not an artist or writer, it’s an indirect way to support my work and enjoy the rewards as they come as well as helping to make new work happen.

It works on a tier system of monthly subscriptions and the lowest one is $1.50 (about €1.30) per month and can be cancelled any time. Similar to Netflix or Spotify. Again, no expectation.

Click on the link below if you’re curious or interested. Or maybe just to share it.
Cheers,
Mick.

**Sold Out**Mick Donnellan’s New Writing Course opens January 28th…

Mick Donnellan’s New Creative Writing Course

@

AIT Athlone

January 28th + Wednesday 30th

7.30 -9.30pm.

Duration 10 weeks. 

Cost: €160

**Guaranteed publication at the end of the year.**

Contact: 

Mobile: (087) 9422942. 

E-Mail: mickdonnellan@hotmail.com

**Limited Places Left. Early Booking Strongly Advised.**

About Mick Donnellan:

Mick Donnellan has been running the highly successful Creative Writing Programme at AIT since September 2017. Many of his previous students have had their writing published locally and nationally and some have gone on to be accepted into prestigious university writing programmes such as the Masters in Trinity College, Dublin and NUI Galway. Three previous students have had novels published since taking up the course. 

More on Mick Donnellan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Donnellan

About the Course:

* Attend one night only. This will be the same course running on two different nights to accommodate demand. Students can sign up for the Monday or Wednesday – but not both.

Mick Donnellan’s new Creative Writing Course opens this January 28th and 30th at AIT – Athlone. Building on the creative momentum gathered in recent classes, the course will concentrate on Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction and Publishing. Each student will get a chance to work on a creative project of their choice and use the class as a safe environment to get feedback, ask questions, and learn new techniques and approaches to their craft. 

The Fiction Module will explore the art of the Short Story, different genres of the modern novel as well as how to plot and develop your story or book. This will be an incisive and educational exploration of the writing process and will enlighten students in ways that help them make substantial leaps forward in their creative careers. 

The Poetry Module will examine Poets past and present as well as dive into the poetic mind and process. We will pull back the veil on conventional poetry and examine the difference between sincere verse and commercial rhyme. Aspiring poets will share work and get constructive feedback on their voice, themes and style. 

Non-Fiction will cover a myriad of writing styles such as Biography, Memoir, Journalism, Review, Writing Features and Online Media. Students often find this aspect of the course the most educational and discover talents they never knew they had. For instance, Fiction writers often find they are better at Memoir and poets find passion for Blogging or Journalism.  Some Short Story writers have found they prefer writing Biography. This module will help students realise their full potential and ensure they are not locked  into one specific style or type of writing. 

Publishing: The course will end with a publication based on work covered during the class. This means each student can choose a project/piece of writing of their choice and submit it for publication. We will then go through the entire publishing process from editing, to format, designing the cover, marketing and getting the collection published.  This will be an insightful and exciting process for everyone involved. Not only will each student come away with a keen knowledge of the Publishing Industry but he/she will also be guaranteed to see their work in print. Once the collection is complete, we will be having a launch at the AIT and all contributors family, friends and colleagues will be welcome to come and celebrate the achievement. 

Course Intended for:

This course is ideal for writers at all levels of their career. It suits beginners and those who need a channel to express themselves creatively. No experience is required as the course will cover the basics of writing and gradually move through the different stages towards publishing success. It will be an enjoyable, stress free course with opportunity to be published at the end. It will also help those writers working in isolation and looking for a constructive environment to share and develop their work. 

*The course will differ in content from previous courses so don’t worry if you have taken Mick’s course before.* 

More about Mick:

Mick completed the MA in Writing at NUIG in 2004. Since then he has worked as a novelist, journalist, travel writer, teacher and Playwright. He completed his first novel, El Niño, in 2005 and immediately secured a literary agent. He left Ireland soon after and went on to live in Spain, Australia and Canada. While traveling he worked as a travel writer and Journalist and co-founded the Arts Paper – Urban Pie – in Vancouver. Upon returning to Ireland he went on to work with Druid (2009) and RTE (2010).

More recently, he established his own theatre company, Truman Town Theatre. All Truman Town Plays are written, directed, and produced by Mick. The company exploded on to the theatrical circuit in 2011 with their hit Play – Sunday Morning Coming Down. Following a national tour, they went on to produce (and tour) two more hugely successful Plays Shortcut to Hallelujah and Gun Metal Grey. These dramas eventually became known as the “Ballinrobe Trilogy”. More recently, the company toured a fourth Play Velvet Revolution and in 2014, Radio Luxembourg, his fifth Play, was bought by a London Film Company (Dixon/Baxi/Evans) and has been adapted for the screen.

The title for the movie version is “Tiger Raid”. Starring Brian Gleeson, Damian Molony and Sofia Boutella, it had its world premiere at the Tribeca film festival (2016) and was also seen at Cannes and Edinburgh and the Irish Premiere was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh.

El Niño is now published and Mick is currently in negotiations to sell the screen rights. Between that, he teaches writing while promoting his second novel “Fisherman’s Blues” and keeping Truman Town on the go.

Most of 2018 has been working on the exciting screen adaptation of “Shortcut to Hallelujah” with Florence Films. Hot off the press, the screenplay is titled “Sam” and is based around the gypsy curse supposedly set on the Mayo Football team as they returned home as All Ireland Champions in 1951. “Sam” is set in the present day and deals with themes of Mayo life and the hope of bringing the Sam Maguire home. Drenched in Irish lyricism and modern day dark humour, the script has been been met with keen interest by film producers and actors throughout the industry.

More on Mick Donnellan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Donnellan

Don’t forget to share this post,

Best,

Mick.

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