In a Canadian
TV interview, Donleavy described himself as
"...a comfortably burned out volcano."
Tales of New York
Network Theatre Company's production of J.P. Donleavy's iconic play "Fairy
Tales of New York" was directed by Robin Lansman.
New Video Interview with JPD
Donleavy: I Write About People I Like, JPD interviewed at his estate
by noted filmmaker Rina Sherman. One of the very best Donleavy interviews, covering
the events in the writer''s live that led him to create and get published his
famous novel The Ginger Man. Other
topics include the author's formative years and adapting prose for the stage.
A must-have DVD for all Donleavy fans.
P. Donleavy Performs: Social Climbing and Extinctions & Mortalities (based
on The Unexpurgated Code)
J.P. Donleavy is in true
form giving a hillarious spoken-word performance of material inspired by
The Unexpurgated Code. Download your copy
Man article/review in Spring issue of Slightly Foxed
The spring 2013 no. 37
issue of Slightly Foxed contains Andrew Nixon's wonderful "The
Wild Ginger Man" - an article/review of J.P. Donleavy's classic novel
The Ginger Man. Nixon's understanding of the nuances of the book
gives would be new readers an excellent preparation for the multiple layers
of the book and its complex protagonist.
Depp meets with JP Donleavy to
discuss The Ginger Man movie project
about Johnny Depp's recent visit to Westmeath to discuss The Ginger Man
movie project with writer JP Donleavy and co-producers Philip Donleavy and Robert
A. Mitchell have appeared in The Westmeath Examiner, The Irish
Times, BBC News, Irish Post, Independent i.e.,
Irish Central and others. A Google search for Johnny Depp Ireland will
bring up those articles which are still online.
Dunn, J.P. Donleavy's archivist who has written numerous dispatches for the
J.P. Donleavy Compendium, is also an author. Bill, who in a previous life was
a reporter for The Detroit News and later USA Today, has written Sea Girt
Lighthouse: The Community Beacon, just published by The History Press (https://historypress.net/).
Sea Girt Lighthouse, on
the New Jersey coast, flashed its first beacon December 10, 1896, lighting
a dark spot midway between Navesink Twin Lights and Barnegat Lighthouse. The
lively history, illustrated with 110 photos, some never before published,
brings to life the colorful keepers who tended the light, including a Civil
War veteran, a pioneering woman, and inventor and for one day the 20-year-old
daughter of a keeper, as well as the Coast Guardsmen who converted the lighthouse
to a watch tower and command center for beach patrols during World War II.
A lighthouse of distinction, Sea Girt was the first land-based station in
the world equipped with a radio fog beacon transmitter.
The book engagingly reports
lighthouse challenges and transformations as its mission changed over the
years. Long ago decommissioned, the lighthouse has been restored by the Sea
Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee, a local group of volunteers who are also
committed to preserving the landmark's rich history through tours and special
events, which attract people from down the block and around the world. Many
rare artifacts, including a 4th order Fresnel lens, are on display at the
lighthouse and shown in the book. Bill, one of the volunteers, is also the
lighthouse historian. All royalties from the book sales go to the preservation
group's maintenance and operation of the lighthouse. Click
here for purchasing information.
Sea Girt Lighthouse
Production of The Ginger Man at UCLA
Theatre, June 5-9, 2012, MacGown Hall, Los Angeles - All performances of this
production were sold out. Directed by Angela Scott. Set Design by Emily MacDonald,
Lighting Design by Pablo Santiago, Sound Design by Micala Nuss Costume Design
by Jacqueline Martinez, Stage Manager: Kourtnie Boeve. CAST: Sebastian Balfe
Dangerfield - Derek Chariton; Marion Dangerfield - Megan Timpane; Miss Lilly
Frost - Kristen Osborne; Kenneth O'Keefe - Garrett Langson
'New Works and Other Stories'
Was Held November 15th – December 1st
Auction Rooms, 116 Capel Street, Dublin 1.
An exhibition of new paintings by J.P. Donleavy, not an
Exhibition was open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
goes without saying that your opponent upon whose pastel walls you leave your
greasy hand prints,
is rich and also well known for hiding his best drink and victuals while shoving
at you all the old stale
contents from his larder. Which ingredients should, just as they pass your lips,
be exploded back out
onto the carpet for starters. Canine befoulment carried liberally on your instep
and wiped off somewhere
where it shouldn’t be, is a really lousy ill bred dirty stinking trick.
Which your host may deserve for his
stinginess. But the more serious destructions should be wrought approaching
objects d’art backwards
with your hands behind you snapping off a leg on all the Tang horses you can
find. Beware of bronze
specimens of other dynasties, as busting these can lead to your detection. Especially
when you grunt,
struggle and sweat wielding a hoof off one of these exceptionally strong ancient
works of art."
- J.P. Donleavy from The Unexpurgated
Donleavy Art Exhibit in New York, a Success
JPD art exhibition/retrospective was held May, 2007 in New York City at the
National Arts Club. The show also featured works by daughter, Karen
Donleavy, who creates specialized, high-quality ceramics. For details go
to the JPD National Arts Club
was the guest on Desert
Island Discs BBC 4 Sunday March 4, at 11:15 a.m. local time (Ireland). The
show was repeated Friday March 9 at 9:00 a.m. local time (Ireland). Kristy Young
hosts the popular show where celebrities are asked which 8 musical recordings
they would want with them if stranded on a desert island. The selections are
then played with discussion between selections.
Donleavy Exhibit at UCLA Powell Library Rotunda
library's exhibit "God's Mercy: The Works of J.P. Donleavy From the Collection
of Lawrence Grobel"
was presented in April of 2006 and featured a wide array of JPD editions as
well as many letters. Grobel was asked why JPD signs correspondence with friends
as "Mike." He didn't have an answer. Mike was the nickname JPD received
while serving in the Navy during WWII. The name stuck, although for business
matters the name used remains J.P. Donleavy. Many thanks to Mr. Grobel for organizing
this event and lending so many items from his personal collection to display
for the students.
Dublin Art Exhibit a Sell-out!
art exhibition and retrospective held February, 2006 at the Molesworth Gallery,
Dublin was a complete success, all works being sold!
Party in New York City Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Publishing of
The Ginger Man
On October 29 2005, a
party was held at The Ginger
Man Pub (owned and operated by Bob Precious) in New York to honor JPD
and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of The
Ginger Man. A grand time was had by all. Among the crowd was singer/songwriter
Shane MacGowan, lead man for The Pogues. Special thanks to Maike Schulz for
the excellent photography.
left to right: Philip Donleavy, Bob Precious (owner of the Ginger Man Pub) and
JP Donleavy. Photo © 2005 Maike Schulz
with Bob Mitchell and Bob's triplets.
Photo © 2005 Maike Schulz
reads from The Ginger Man and other selected works.
Photo © 2005 Maike Schulz
MacGowan performs for the gathering.
Photo © 2005 Maike Schulz
McDaids Bar on Harry Street,
just off Grafton Street, was a popular watering hole for JPD, Brendan Behan
and co. Thanks to John O' Mahony and Dave Phillips for providing information.
Photo courtesy, Charles Carter.
The infamous "Catacombs"
in post-WWII Dublin, where JPD, Behan and many of the creatives of the day
frequented, then had a dentist's office on the top floor with a brothel beneath.
A sign once read "Extractions above. Insertions below."
giving some insight into his work, while Charles Carter, Deborah Drylie and
other gallery patrons look on and a documentary film crew records the moment.
Photo by Charles Ruppmann.
Donleavy returns to a legendary haunt
Radio 1 broadcast, made and presented by Ciaran Cassidy. Back at the original
Steve Willoughby, Joan De Frenay and Shelia Bradshaw talk about The Catacombs
and the people who frequented the now famous hub of post-war Bohemian Dublin.
First broadcast May 19, 2007. Replays of presentation are still available on
the RTÉ website
as of this posting.
Author, playwright and
artist J.P. Donleavy - best known for his novel
The Ginger Man (which for the past fifty years has never been
out of print) - came to Trinity College after the war to take up student life:
drinking, partying, writing and painting. He befriended brendan Behan. Donleavy
opened the proceedings with a talk on Behan as he knew him.
Screened first was:
MEET THE QUARE FELLA - 1960
• BLACK & WHITE • 35 MIN.
This is a rare opportunity
to see the now infamous encounter between Eamonn Andrews and Brendan Behan.
Filmed in Ardmore studios, meet the Quare Fellas shows us a Behan obviously
at ease with his interviewer, who could, as much as Behan, play the archetypal
dubliner. Andrews elicits frank responses from his subject regarding the topics
of writing, fame, religion, his time in borstal and his Connections with the
clandestine IRA, resulting in a candid glimpse into the personality of Behan
towards the end of his life.
was: BRENDAN BEHAN’S DUBLIN - 1966
• COLOUR • 27 MIN.
In Norman Cohen’s
poetic documentary, the spirit of the city is presented through the eyes of
one of its most talented and colourful Citizens. Written by Carolyn Swift
and featuring Ray McNally as the ‘voice of Behan’, the film is
evocatively photographed by Robert Monks with musical ballads sung by The
Dubliners. Interviews with Behan’s parents and wife add to the intimacy
of the piece.
Special thanks to Bill Dunn for sending this news report.
Donleavy introduces an evening celebrating Brendan Behan
and ink portrait of Behan by J.P. Donleavy
(From the Irish Film Institute
18, 2007 - The Irish Film Archive screened two films made on this most gregarious
literary figure, beloved of Dublin, and with a legacy that is as much about
Behan as about his work.
courtesy The Irish Film Institute
catalogue cover (this one signed by the artist) Photo courtesy of Damien Matthews
Fine Art and Mr. Donleavy.
J.P. Donleavy takes a stand against Genetic Modification
JPD fans don't know that he is an experienced farmer in addition to being a
novelist, playwright and painter. JPD has 170 acres surrounding his Levington
Park estate near Mullingar in County Westmeath, and he raises cattle on
them, the herd varying from 40 to 80 head. Concerned about the growing threat
of Genetic Modification in agriculture, JPD has gone on record to oppose such
scientific intrusion by declaring his estate the first GM-Free farm in Ireland.
See "The Agrarian Reforms of Organic Farmer J.P.
Donleavy" by Bill Dunn for more on this and JPD tractor rider in general.
2004. JPD and friends making a public statement against Genetically Modified
farming. Photo by Photocall Ireland.
Donleavy and Tom Stoppard headline Dublin Writers Festival 2008
The lineup for the Dublin
Writers Festival 2008, included special appearances by J.P. Donleavy
and Tom Stoppard. A group of over 40 Irish and international writers culled
from all disciplines gave readings, public interviews, talks and took part
in debates regarding their work. J.P. Donleavy took part in a retrospective
Q & A event with RTÉ radio at the Project Arts Centre.
Donleavy part of Dublin Salon
Donleavy was among the artists exhibiting their work at a salon hosted by Jennie
Guy, June 20 - 22 at Studio 6 Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin 2. Performance artists,
writers & theorists also took part in the event. For more information visit
J.P. Donleavy was interviewed
at the Athlone Literary Festival by Fintan'Toole.
The interview was conducted at 3:30, Saturday, September 20, at The Prince
Athlone Literary Festival,
Custume Place Athlone, Co Westmeath
interviewed, then gives reading at All Ireland Poetry Day
JPD followed an interview
with a reading culled from his works, Dublin, October, 2008.
Hickey exhibition to feature portrait of J.P. Donleavy
The portrait (left) of
J.P. Donleavy taken by Maeve Hickey at Donleavy's Levington Park estate, Mullingar,
County Westmeath, will be part of a exhibit called "America in Ireland."
The show will open November 18, 2008 at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Boston,
Massachusetts in the Burns Library. Reception at 6pm.
The exhibition was funded by a grant from the Clinton Institute, UCD. Plans
are in the works to take the show to other locations, including Boston College,
Visit Maeve's website:
Donleavy at Levington Park, photographed by Maeve Hickey © 2008.
Donleavy Guest of Honor at Queen's University, Belfast
Donleavy was guest of honour at the Ulster Arts Club Annual Christmas Dinner
at the Great Hall, Queen's University, Belfast recently. Information courtesy
of Peter Mac Hugh, hononorary Secretary of the establishment. Special thanks
to Peter for this addition to the site.
Donleavy adds works to local St. Patrick's Day exhibition
Donleavy agreed to exhibit his art along with Mullingar's Brosna Art Group and
to attend the opening which took place Saturday, March 15, 2008 in the Barlo
Room at the Annebrook Hotel. Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland is where JPD
has been living for quite some time and he often takes part in the local cultural
The event, part of Mullingar's
St. Patrick's Day celebration, was officially opened Saturday, March 15 by
artist Ursula Meehan. The well-attended event was then open to the public
Thanks to Virginia McGillycuddy,
assistant to Mr. Donleavy, for providing details.
Donleavy art exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, April 30 - May 9, 2008
Matthews Fine Art presented an exhibition of art by J.P. Donleavy at The Molesworth
Gallery 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, 01 679 1548, www.molesworthgallery.com
The show was comprised of 69 pieces representing J.P. Donleavy's
work from the 1950s to present. For more information visit the Compendium
Molesworth 2008 exhibition page
© 2008 Bobbie Hanvey
Donleavy gives an encore reading of "Remarks on Barry Flanagan"
Donleavy's "Lobbing Hand Grenades:
Remarks on Barry Flanagan" a speech first given to open Mr. Flanagan's
sculpture exhibition June 27, 2006 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, was repeated
at the Mullingar Arts Centre, November 30, 2007 for the IMMA to video tape the
talk for its archives.
coms up", 1978
"Six-foot Leaping Hare on Empire State" 2002
Lilliput Press publishes new series of J.P. Donleavy e-books
Lilliput Press, the distinguished Irish book publisher, has published 10
Donleavy e-booksbefore: The Saddest Summer of Samuel S, An Author
and His Image, The History of The Ginger Man, A Singular Country,
Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule,The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar
B, The Onion Eaters, The Unexpurgated Code, The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms
and Wrong Information is Being Given at Princeton. Read Bill Dunn's
in-depth report on the E-books page for more about
this outstanding new series.
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Excerpt from new JPD novel and photo spread in Port Magazine
the Spring issue of the UK magazine Port, there are an excerpt from
J.P. Donleavy's soon-to-be-published novel A Letter Marked Personal,
an excellent photo spread by photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and an equally fine
biography of JPD by Robert A. Mitchell.
Check the Compendium for more on A Letter Marked Personal and other
Donleavy at Carrick Water Music Festival
© 2008 Bobbie Hanvey
Tel: 071 9650828
by JP Donleavy
Saturday 08th August 2.30pm
Trinity Rare Books in association with Cox's Pharmacy presented
A selection of Mr.
Donleavy's paintings was shown as well.
It was a wonderful opportunity to hear the words read by the master himself.
Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, March 4 - 19, 2010
Damien Matthews Fine
Art and in accordence with the tenents of "The Unexpurgated Code"
presented an exhibition of works by
usual, the show was a success with many works being sold.
Guest of Honor at Mullingar Chamber Awards
15, 2010 the Mullingar Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and awards.
JPD, this year's Guest of Honor, was also presented with a lifetime achiement
JPD Exhibition in Cambridge, MA, April 15 - May 20, 2010
Currently showing at the Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambrige, MA is a collection
of JPD's paintings and drawings, titled "Identities in the Original."
for more information, visit the Menard
Gallery page here in the Compendium.
gives art exhibition, Gloucesttershire, November, 2010
November 2010, JPD's art was shown by Damien Matthews at the Dollar Street Gallery
in Gloucesttershire to great success. Keep informed on the Compendium for news
of forthcoming Donleavy exhibitions.
in new book of writers who are also artists
Writer's Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers
by Donald Friedman | Cloth | Mid-List
Press, September 11, 2007 - ISBN 9780922811762
in a collection of writers who are also artists. Other author/artists in this
collection include: Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, Joseph Conrad, W. B. Yeats,
e. e. cummings, Kurt Vonnegut, D. H. Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Goethe, Hermann
Hesse, Vladamir Nabokov & John Updike.