Press Release: August 30, 2020
“Tales from Tipperary” by Edward Forde Hickey is published by Grosvenor House Publishing
The first book in a series of fictional southern Irish tales
About the Book:
The book is set in Tipperary - in the unreal world of the hillslopes below Keeper Hill. Essentially, it is an unashamed homage to a typical past rural community, written in the colloquial and colourful language of the times. It opens with Dandy-the-Galwayman’s arrival in Tipperary shortly after the Famine. The generation that follows him lead a colourful life, weaving a rich tapestry.
About the Author:
Edward Forde Hickey lives in Kent with his wife. They have three sons. During the years 1962 until 1998, he taught in inner city primary schools (laterally as a headteacher for 18 years). In early life, he was a pop star with Decca records (see ‘Eddie Hickey/Lady May’) and later sang with the Glenside Ceilidhe Band in The Galtymore Dancehall, Cricklewood (1965/1975).
Born of Irish parents during the Blitz of London, he spent his first five years of life nurtured and moulded by his grandmother in the foothills above Dolla, near Nenagh in County Tipperary. His grandmother is and always was his inspiration; she had a natural gift with words.
Edward has always been interested in folklore and the Irish past (its music, dance and literature). He was a champion Irish step-dancer. He taught and adjudicated it, even as far afield as in Australia, before dedicating himself to research into hillside communities in north Tipperary, from where he brought back tapes of original songs for The English Folk Dance and Song Society.
He keeps a small farm in the foothills of north Tipperary and visits it often.
Review of the Book:
“A wonderful collection of tales delivered by a natural storyteller completely beguiling an effortless evocation of an almost forgotten world a wonderfully personable narration endlessly charming characterisation
Life and death are treated with simplicity, profundity and a lightness of touch. Every individual tale is undoubtedly very strong.”
Jakob von Beyer, Director of Addison and Cole
Press/Media Contact Details:
Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060