A new BBC TV Series:
Some of you may be aware that Brian has been recording a TV series for
BBC Northern Ireland over the last few months. The series, due to be
aired in the new year, looks at some well known Irish songs including
Carrickfergus, Dirty Old Town, Danny Boy, The Auld Triangle & I'll Take
You Home Again Kathleen and traces their history.
Brian is to be joined by
guests including Paul Brady, Sinead O'Connor, The Dubliners, Phil
Coulter, Adrian Dunbar and lots more. The series has been shot on location
around Ireland. For example: The Auld Triangle was filmed in Kilmainham
Jail, Dublin where Brian was joined by The Dubliners.
Brian has already proved what a gifted songwriter he is. Well that
talent extends to the printed word as well. In the past he has had
several poems published, including Galway Swans for the Whoseday Book in
aid of the Irish Hospice in 2000. He has recently had several short
stories included in a book featuring Northern Irish writers. This is due
to be published shortly.
And as if that was not enough he has also completed a novel which
hopefully will be published as well. Some of this work was done at the
Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, in Ireland, a retreat for
artists. This rural retreat provides space for artists to concentrate on
their craft. There are none of the distractions of everyday life - like
telephones, television etc. and they are free to work as they wish. The
only condition is that all the artists in residence come together for a
communal dinner each evening.
Up-date on the
October 2002 - Two of Brian's Short Stories - 'The Value of Flames'
and 'The Sky Painter' are to be published in the 'Breaking The
Skin' Anthology - Volume 1 - New Irish Short Stories - due out on 18th