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TIME, Radio Waves and TV Appearances: Maverick Authors Out in the Wild

Maverick Authors are a dynamic bunch; this week two journalist and a social equality advocate took to the media, taking over traditional media like there was no tomorrow. Between them, Lissa Oliver, Kevin Shird, and Declan Power appeared on radio, in newspapers, on the television, and online, and helped raise awareness for their respective causes and books.

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Lissa Oliver, author of The Skullcap Trilogy – Chantilly DawnsGala Day, and, most recently,  Sainte Bastien – appeared in The Irish Field. Her latest book received a glowing mention from the paper. We always love when our authors get out into the press. Occupying her time with journalism in the field of horse racing (no pun intended), Lissa is used to appearing in publications like The Irish Field.

Irish Field Review

Less frequently, however, does she speak on radio. We recorded a podcast with Lissa earlier this week, to give her a chance to tell listeners about her latest book. In the interview, we covered her inspiration for writing the book, and some of the more challenging themes that she deals with in the book which really make it pack a punch. You can check it out here: As it happens, our interview with Lissa was a warm-up for her appearance on Dublin South FM, on Friday July 29th, during the Rhyme & Reason show. That can be caught between 7pm and 7.30pm. Listen live online at:

Lissa Oliver

Baltimore’s Watching

Taking to the local news, Kevin Shird spoke on WBAL-TV. Speaking about the issue of Opioid Addiction, Kevin appeared on a distinguished panel, including the director of opioid prevention and treatment for the Baltimore City Health Department and the Harford County Sheriff.

Kevin Shird on WBAL-TV

The segment deals with prevention of drug use, with Kevin taking up the mantle of an experienced anti-drug advocate, and addresses the City of Baltimore’s stance towards opioids and the steps that are being taken to help deal with the crisis. You can watch the whole piece online here:



One of the most exciting developments of the past week was a publication in TIME’s online magazine about Siege at Jadotville by Declan Power. Giving a concise account of the siege, the piece highlights to casual readers how little was truly known about Jadotville prior to the release of Declan’s book.

Pat Quinlan in the Congo

Pat Quinlan in the Congo

The article is well worth the read, especially for those looking for a quick overview of the book. The Netflix film hits the streaming service later this year, as well as the new paperback edition of Siege at Jadotville.

Posted by John on 29th July 2016