The Cream of the Milk is a new broadsheet which celebrates thirteen Irishwomen from Irish history and mythology, some of them fair, none of them middling. They are artists, muses, lovers, warriors, outsiders - diverse characters from Nora Barnacle to Lady Jane Wilde.
It is published in a limited edition of 250 with original clerihews (short humorous poems) by Pauline Hall, embellished with full colour illustrations by myself, Alan Nolan, and biographical notes.
Pauline and I met at the West Cork Literary Festival in 2012 where I was as taken by her poetry as she was by my illustrations. This broadsheet is the fruit of 9 months hard labour on both our parts – me with a pencil and swatch book, and Pauline with a typewriter and an eagle eye for stray caps. We need a small amount of cash to cover printing and shipping costs (as well as new typewriter ribbon and 4B pencils). We know that you, the reader, will be informed as well as entertained by The Cream of the Milk.
The remarkable Irish women included in this handsome broadsheet are:
Dr James Barry
Nurse Mamie Cadden
Iseult the Fair
Lady Hazel Lavery
Constance Countess Markievicz
Margaret Burke Sheridan
Lady Jane Francesca Wilde “Speranza”
Pauline Hall lives in Dublin. Her first novel Grounds was published by Brandon. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Cyphers, The Mews, and Encounters. She was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions seriesin 2009. She is a member of Airfield Writers’ group.
I (Alan Nolan) am a designer, illustrator, graphic novelist and children’s author. My books include the Murder Can Be Fatal Mystery series and The Big Break Detectives Casebook (The O’Brien Press) and the self published Sancho comic for older readers. I live and work in Bray, Co. Wicklow with my wife and three boys, from whom I regularly have to steal pencils.
Size: A2, folding to A5
Full colour throughout
Limited edition of 250