Pete Hogan and The Liffey Press would like to extend an invitation to all ISA members to the official launch of The Artist on the Island, An Achill Journal.

Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, will launch Pete Hogan’s book The Artist on the Island at the Davenport Hotel on December 3rd, and will be joined by Anne Chambers, the well-known author of Granuaile: Grace O’Malley – Ireland’s Pirate Queen.

The Artist on the Island is the beautifully illustrated follow-up memoir to Pete Hogan’s highly acclaimed The Log of the Molly B. After the adventures of building his own boat and sailing it from Canada down the west coast of the US, through the Panama Canal and across the Atlantic to Ireland, Pete decided to settle down and dedicate his life to his art in the remote surroundings of Achillbeg Island, just south of Achill, County Mayo.

A very different kind of adventure ensued. As the only inhabitant on the island, Pete had to use all his resources to survive the kind of harsh winter experienced in the west of Ireland, while all the time making art. With a touch of Robinson Crusoe, Pete describes in detail what it’s like – physically and mentally – to fend for oneself in a stunningly beautiful, but extremely isolated, environment.

With over 100 full colour plates, The Artist on the Island is a remarkable record of one man’s attempt to forgo modern-day conveniences and social conventions in order to focus on what is truly important.

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