Friday 30 May 2014

Guildhall Press Launch ‘Denizen’ – A New Play By Dave Duggan

Guildhall Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new play by Dave Duggan on Thursday 29 May 2014 in Derry Central Librarywith Paul McFadden as guest speaker. ‘Denizen’ is a courtroom drama, written in verse, in which the last republican dissident – the eponymous Denizen – challenges himself to build a future without violence.

Paul Hippsley, managing editor of Guildhall Press, said: “We are delighted to publish ‘Denizen’. It further extends the range of Dave Duggan’s award-winning work which, while rooted in the place where he lives, has already reached audiences and readers across Ireland and in Edinburgh, Liverpool, New York and Afghanistan. Broadcaster and journalist Paul McFadden has kindly agreed to be our guest speaker so we are looking forward to a stimulating night.”

Author Dave Duggan added: “My new work ‘Denizen’ is in the form of a ‘speech from the dock’. I staged a public reading in February and the feedback afterwards was very positive. Numerous audience members indicated they would like the opportunity to read and explore the text further. Having it in print now means it can reach a wider audience, thanks to the efforts of Guildhall Press. I wrote the play in verse so that we would give attention to what the main character Denizen is saying and so that readers might enjoy the pleasures of language, rhythm and story.”

‘Denizen’ by Dave Duggan was written with the support of an Individual Artist Award from City of Culture. The publication is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Dave Duggan is a dramatist and novelist, living in Derry. Guildhall Press published his novels ‘The Greening of Larry Mahon’ (2004) and ‘A Sudden Sun’ (2012), as well as a collection of some of his plays, ‘Plays in a Peace Process’ (2008). His new play, ‘Makaronik’, produced by Aisling Ghéar, will tour Ireland this Autumn.

‘Denizen’ by Dave Duggan is published by Guildhall Press. Available from local bookshops and online at; Priced at £5.95. ISBN: 9781906271879.

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