Dublin Express is a collection of five rare short stories from one of Ireland’s most acclaimed novelists, together with the complete script of his hugely successful first play, National Anthem.
Join an assassin on the express train to Dublin in the title story,a killer being interrogated by a robot in NIPD Blue, a reformed terrorist bringing his old skills to the art world in The Prize and discover the first ever appearance by his award winning Mystery Man in the original The Case of Mrs. Geary’s Leather Trousers.
In ‘National Anthem’, the sell-out hit of Belfast Festival 2010, Bateman begins the search for an anthem to unite a country by putting together a feckless poet and an egotistical composer and letting them loose on the cultural history and inherited bigotries of his native land.
Colin Bateman is the author of more than thirty novels, including Divorcing Jack, I Predict A Riot and The Prisoner of Brenda.He wrote the screenplays for the movie versions of Divorcing Jack, Cycle of Violence and Wild About Harry as well as creating the long running BBC series Murphy’s Law and more recently two series of Scoop for TG4/BBC.In 2010 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Ulster for his services to literature.Really.
Risks and challenges
I've been lucky enough to have more than twenty novels published over the years, plus eight books for children, as well as working for the movies and TV. I've also really enjoyed writing short stories, though the fact that I've written so few just shows how hard they are to write! They have appeared in various magazines and anthologies over the years, but never actually been available in one volume. Now, publishers love to put novels out there, but there's a perception that the reading public isn't that interested in short stories, and they have the sales figures to prove it. I probably could find an established publisher to bring 'Dublin Express' out, but there's something exciting about having a DIY attitude to publishing - I'm an old punk rocker and look back fondly on that old ethos of just getting out there and doing it yourself. That's what's so great about crowd funding sites like kickstarter - if there's a demand for something it can be realized, irrespective of what the commonly held wisdom is.
So I'm hoping to put out a 1000 copy limited edition book, using local designers, typesetters and printers, and I plan to launch it with a Desert Island Discs style event - called Copeland Island Discs - at the Open House Festival in my home town of Bangor in August this year.
So let's see if we can make this happen!!
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