Máire T. Robinson book launch

Today marks the day that my amazing wife Máire launches her debut novel ‘Skin Paper Stone’. The launch is happening at 6:30 upstairs in Nealons Bar on Capel Street, Dublin.


The book is available to buy in all good bookstores and online including directly from the publishers New Island

The book was reviewed in the Irish Times last week which was incredible and it good a great review which you can read here

“Skin, Paper, Stone is a deceptively simple novel that packs a punch. Robinson writes with warmth and understanding, giving the reader a bird’s-eye view of a modern, post-boom Galway through a diverse and credible cast of characters.”

– Sarah Gilmartin, The Irish Times

Earlier this week Máire was interviewed by Shane Cosgrove for the Circular, you can read that here.

About the book…
People think that if they go far away they’ll leave the parts of themselves they don’t like behind. But it doesn’t work like that…’

Stevie moves to Galway to pursue her PhD and takes refuge in the city, and in her relationship with Joe Kavanagh, a charismatic but dispirited artist.

Both are looking for something more, but struggle to navigate their way free from the claustrophobia of their lives, the limited circle of acquaintances, the lack of ambition. Escape is the only option, but the surface level of friendliness surrounding them masks a deeper hinterland of jealousy, secrets and violence that can break out at any time.

Exploring the chaos and confusion faced by those in their late twenties with humour, pathos and insightful sensitivity, Skin, Paper, Stone is the first novel by Máire T. Robinson, an exciting new voice in Irish writing.

About the Author


MÁIRE T. ROBINSON lives in Dublin City. She graduated from NUI, Galway in 2008 with a Masters in Writing. Since then, her short stories have been published in the Irish Independent, Horizon Review, Crannóg Magazine, Cuadrivio (in Spanish Translation) and the Chattahoochee Review. Máire was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in Emerging Fiction in 2012, and was the overall winner of the Doire Press Chapbook Competition, 2013. Her chapbook of short stories Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart was published by Doire Press in 2013. Skin, Paper, Stone is her first novel.

Nice Work Maire T.

My special lady friend, the wonderfully talented Maire T. Robinson has reason to celebrate this morning as her short story “Another Breakfast With You” has been published in todays Irish Independent as part of their Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. Each month one story is picked from countless entries and published on the last saturday of the month and these twelve stories go forward to compete for the Hennessy Award. Since their establishment in 1971, the Hennessy Literary Awards have been a platform for an exciting new generation of first-time and emerging writers in fiction & poetry. Awards are made in three categories — first fiction, emerging fiction and emerging poetry — based on work published in 2011 in the New Irish Writing Page of the Irish Independent (it used to be in the Sunday Tribune)
The New Irish Writing Page has become internationally renowned for picking out future literary stars and launched the careers of Patrick McCabe, Neil Jordan, Dermot Healy, Deirdre Madden, Eilis Ni Duibhne, Frank McGuinness, Sebastian Barry, Dermot Bolger, Joseph O’Connor, Colum McCann, Mary O’Donnell, Mary O’Malley, Vona Groarke, John Boyne, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Philip O Ceallaigh and many other leading Irish writers.
So run out and buy todays Indo.
Maire has also recently launched her own website where you can read examples of her work and so on

UPDATE: Read the story here