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:

Tel: (087) 9422942. 


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. 


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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