Lady Beth Novel

Nice little mention in the Irish Times for my novel, LADY BETH – and some wonderful words from author, Louise Phillips!

 

LADY BETH is available from selected bookshops nationwide and online from Kennys.ie and Amazon stores worldwide.

Reviews are very welcome!

 

On Writing: Moonstruck in make-believe… and carrying on regardless.

I was very happy to be invited to write a feature for the fabulous blog, Swirl and Thread.

 

Read it HERE

Many thanks to Mairead Hearne. Check out her wonderful Blog!

 

LADY BETH  (Best Novel 2017 CAP Award) is available from AMAZON, Kennys.ie, O’Mahony’s Bookstores in Ennis, Limerick, Tralee and Alan Hanna’s, Dublin.

IN RIBBONS: Going Public!

It’s been over two years since we released IN RIBBONS onto the festival circuit, and we have enjoyed the many accolades and awards that it has gathered along the way. It has been an amazing journey, and we are delighted to announce that our film is now available to view at this link:

https://vimeo.com/95428913

We hope you will check it out and let us know your thoughts. An Independent production, IN RIBBONS is written by Caroline E. Farrell and directed/edited by Marie Valerie Jeantelot, with line production and set design by Tom Dowling, sound and music by Neil Horner and cinematography by Basil Al-Rawi. The theme of the film is resilience and through a highly visual and sensory narrative, tells the story of a little girl’s journey to an orphanage in 1960’s Ireland.

Once again, we sincerely thank everyone who got involved in helping us along the way. We could not have made IN RIBBONS without our talented cast and crew and our many supporters who contributed to our Indiegogo Campaign. We would also like to thank Kildare County Arts Service for the 2013 bursary that helped enormously to get our production up and running.

Huge appreciation to the many, many festivals (over 35 of them!) that screened, and awarded our film with such coveted accolades, including the Jury Prize at the Worcestershire Film Festival 2015. Best Experimental Film at both the Los Angeles Cinefest, February 2016 and The Seadance Film Festival, Spain 2016. Best Director [Marie Valerie Jeantelot] and Best Sound [Neil Horner] at the Wolves Independent IFF in Lithuania, 2016. Merit Award for Best Short Film at Indie Fest Awards, 2016. Merit Award for Women Filmmakers at Indie Fest Awards, 2016. Semi-Finalist for Best Short Film at Swedish Film Festival, 2016. Nominated for Best Experimental Film – London Film Festival, 2016. Nominated for Best Experimental Film – Lisbon International Film Festival, 2016. Finalist for Best Short Film at London Film Awards, 2015. Merit Award for Best Drama – International New York Film Festival, 2015. Nominated for Best Connection of Sound & Image. Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany, 2015. Also selected for Dingle FF, Cork Indie FF, Belfast FF, Fastnet FF, Waterford FF, Clare Island FF, Sky Road FF, Underground FF, Richard Harris FF, Seattle Irish Reels USA, Castellaneta FF, Italy and many more! It was also the only Irish film to feature in the Arts and Cinema Corner at the Women Deliver Global Conference in Copenhagen, 2016.

Most of all, we are grateful to the following for their collaboration, commitment and expertise in helping to tell this story:
Our Cast: Patrick O’Donnell, Geraldine McAlinden, Melissa Nolan, Sinead Monaghan, Rebecca Waldron, Tara Maher and our extras, Jason Cullen, Ollie O’Brien, Molly Byrne and Ava Haskins.
Our Crew: Basil Al Rawi, Neil Horner, Tom Dowling, Stewart Lambert, Adrian Moylan , Elga Hick, Amy O’Neill, Errol Farrell, Lee Farrell, Senan Farrell, Caitriona Costello and Brendán O’Meachair de Búrca. Thank you all so very much!

On Writing: A Heroine’s Journey – writing through the dark tangle

Honoured to be featured in booksbywomen.org with my piece on writing a heroine’s journey.

READ HERE

@womenwriters @CarolineAuthor

 

Lady Beth wins Novel of the Year!

I am thrilled to share some great news!

LADY BETH has won the CAP Awards NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2017

The CAP Awards, launched in 2016,  aim to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Independent Authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad. All money raised goes to AWARE, a charitable organisation that undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Learn more about AWARE at aware.ie

Here is what judge, Louise Phillips, had to say about the novel… “A very worthy winner of the C.A.P. Novel Award 2017, LADY BETH by Caroline E Farrell is a thrilling journey into a dangerous world fueled with tension and high stakes. It delivers exceptional characters and terrific prose within a page-turning unrelenting story that digs deep into the underbelly of our capital city.”

It was such a thrill to accept this award, and to meet some lovely people, including my fellow shortlisted and winning writers. I am very grateful for the opportunity – and the fantastic outcome!

LADY BETH is available from Kenny’s Bookshop with free shipping worldwide. Also available from O’Mahonys in Limerick, Ennis and Tralee and from Alan Hanna’s Bookshop in Dublin and from all AMAZON Stores. See it on Goodreads too!

Me Too: In Solidarity with all victims, male and female.

I had to give it some thinkage before posting the #metoo hashtag. I don’t think I know a woman who has NOT been affected or harassed at some stage in her life. Every single day we hear of murders, serious assaults, and abuse of women and girls. And I can’t help but wonder if the men involved in the incidents I encountered in my early teens went on to do worse things. That is a haunting thought. And let us not forget that boys and men experience all of this too. And it’s even more difficult for them to tell anyone, or to report incidents and assaults to the authorities. I’m only going to share a fraction of my experiences, but I’m sure that many women, and men, will relate to them.

When I was 13, I was walking home with a friend, when a grown man overtook us. He disappeared and we paid no attention, until a little further down the road, he appeared again, fully exposed and w*nking off, his eyes fixed on us. My friend became hysterical and we ran all the way home, me chasing after her to calm her down. I was so angry, but I didn’t tell anyone. Why? I don’t know.

When I was seventeen, I said a very polite ‘No thanks’ to – again – a grown man, who asked me to dance, up close and rubbing up against me. He didn’t like that I said no, and grabbed me by the neck, pushed me up against a wall, and with his hand still gripping tightly to my throat, spit obscenities at me – until his ‘friends’ pulled him away, though not one of them checked to see if I was okay – I wasn’t! There were other incidents of course, lewd remarks, gropes, but again, I never told anyone. We all just carried on, didn’t we?

Another almost, but really NOT funny incident was when, still a teenager, I was out for a walk in broad daylight, pushing my infant son in his pram, when I passed a gang of boys (8 -10 year olds) and they were wolf-whistling at me. I almost laughed until one of them starting to rub his crotch and asked me to give him a blow job! That’s worrying! Where the fuck does a little boy learn to do that!

Like most women, I am blessed to know some amazing male friends. I am proud of my sons, love my brothers, and cherish my most amazing better half (long-suffering, some might say!) but we all, men and women, know that there are predators out there. That there are cretins out there. We need the good guys to help weed them out. Not through violence, but through calling out the bad behaviour and derogatory talk of their mates and work colleagues. And if that’s not possible, then at least remove these fuckers from your social circles. Diminish their warped sense of power. And, maybe we should consider creating a more inclusive hashtag — for women and men — in solidarity and support of all victims.

LADY BETH: SHORTLISTED FOR CAP AWARD 2017

I am delighted to announce that Lady Beth has been shortlisted for a CAP Award 2017 for Best Novel.

The Carousel Aware Prize, launched in 2016,  aims to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Independent Authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad. All money raised goes to AWARE, a charitable organisation that  undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Learn more on AWARE at aware.ie

 

LADY BETH is available from Kenny’s Bookshop, Galway. O’Mahony’s Book Stores in Limerick, Ennis and Tralee. Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, Dublin, and all Amazon Stores.

Caroline E. Farrell is a writer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. Also an award-winning screenwriter, Caroline has had two of her short films produced, ADAM (2013) and the multi-award winning IN RIBBONS (2015). She is the author of the novels, LADY BETH and ARKYNE, STORY OF A VAMPIRE and is currently working on her third novel.