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Gerardine Burke is a novelist and short story writer. Taking a career break from her job as a teacher of History and English to write full-time, she spent five years in the United States where she completed a creative writing course in Holyoke College, Holyoke, Massachusetts.

On her return to Ireland she joined Galway Writers' Workshop and has been working on the Editorial Board of Crannóg Magazine since its foundation. She has been a Director of an Arts Festival in Tuam, Co Galway for many years. She is also a former radio correspondent with North West Radio.

Tony O'Dwyer is a poet with long experience in publishing. He was the founder of Elm Press which published educational and learning materials for resource teachers. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Crannóg Magazine. His poetry collection, Off Guard, was published by Bradshaw Books in 2003 and his work has appeared in many journals and periodicals. He has been nominated for a Mayoral Award for services to the Arts in Galway city.

Why We Are Called Wordsonthestreet

We started Wordsonthestreet in 2006 with a €400 win in the national lottery. When we collected our winnings we looked at one another and we both said simultaneously ‘what shall we spend it on?’
We had been talking about setting up a publishing business for some time and said why not put the money towards publishing our first book.
We then thought about a name for our new publishing venture. In the pub one Saturday afternoon we asked some of our literary friends  for suggestions.

One said,‘many publishing houses are called after birds, penquins and puffins and so forth. You should call it after a bird.’
‘Why, yes,’ said another, ‘there’s a bird associated with Galway called a Gannet. How about calling it Gannet Publishers.’

‘Or cormorant,’ said another. ‘Cormorant Press has a ring to it.’

‘Or,’ said another, warming to the idea, ‘there’s another bird I always associate with this city. It’s called a shag. How about Shag Publishers.’

And that, dear reader, is why we’re called Wordsonthestreet!

Oh yes, and that first book? Well it was Requiem of Love by Patricia Burke Brogan.

Judith Gannon is our Editorial Assistant. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where she read English and Mathematics. She has special responsibility for manuscript assessment and recommendation.