Monday 19 February 2018

Exchange of ideas leads to a new take on Joyce

George Boyle, architect and founder of Fumbally Exchange, with President Higgins
George Boyle, architect and founder of Fumbally Exchange, with President Higgins
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A START-UP literary publisher owes its success to a grassroots business collaboration that took off at the height of the recession.

This summer Tramp Press will celebrates its biggest launch yet, with the publication of 'The Dubliners 100' – which features a modern take on James Joyce's 'The Dubliners' classic collection of 15 short stories about the capital that was first published in 1914.

Pat McCabe, author of 'The Butcher Boy' and 'Breakfast on Pluto', John Boyne, author of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', and Paul Murray, who wrote 'Skippy Dies', are among the Irish writers who will be contributing to a modern version of the Joyce classic to celebrate its centenary.

Tramp Press is among 158 entrepreneurs and creative and media enterprises mainly based at the new office of Dublin's flagship Fumbally Exchange HQ on Dame Lane, that was officially launched by President Higgins yesterday.

Its co-founders, Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff – who met while working at Dublin's Lilliput Press – launched what they billed as 'Ireland's newest independent publishing company' from the former Eircom building last year.

Along with other creative business people, they were able to take advantage of its low-cost office space in order to set up shop.

The exchange, which was founded by architect George Boyle in 2010, has a membership of 157 small creative businesses and entrepreneurs.


The President, who toured the facility yesterday, said he was very impressed with how they "courageously fought back, often against very challenging odds," to launch their own businesses.

"As President of Ireland, I have been inspired, moved and indeed astonished by the resilience based on sheer will of so many of our people to transcend anger, rightly felt frustration or despair, and muster an ability to draw on a shared strength as they move forward with determination to craft a new and better future," he said.

Irish Independent

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