Internationally Acclaimed Teller of Tales and Author Transcends Irish Storytelling Tradition to the Written Word through His Book

"Buy the Horse a Guinness" by David McDonnell is the result of the author's lifelong passion to keep the ancient Celtic tradition alive.
By: David McDonnell
Buy the Horse a Guinness
Buy the Horse a Guinness
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Sept. 30, 2019 - PRLog -- Critically acclaimed author and storyteller, David McDonnell brings some of his oral story repertoire to print in "Buy the Horse a Guinness." The collection includes eight of his favorites, stories he tells at Irish festivals, pubs, cultural centers, libraries and bookstores. Each story is presented as a vignette with colorful illustrations and a postscript giving readers a behind-the-scene look at how the story came to be.

McDonnell said the inspiration for "Buy the Horse a Guinness" came to him during one of his storytelling workshops. "I've done several storytelling workshops, and perhaps that provided me with the motivation to write the book. I wanted to put some of my oral stories in writing, but I also wanted to expose readers to the art of oral storytelling."

Reviewers are celebrating "Buy the Horse a Guinness" as a unique treasure of stories. Susan Violante, Managing Editor of Reader Views says, "The storytelling voice of the author is as colorful as the illustrations, transporting the reader to an Irish pub. I could see the author in my mind performing, that is how vivid his voice resonated as I read on. I also believe that McDonnell found a great match in Rob Wilkinson, as his illustrations compliment the stories' imagery perfectly."

"Buy the Horse a Guinness" (ISBN 9780986038518 Burrowing Owl Press 2018) can be purchased through local and online bookstores.

About the Author

David McDonnell
is a critically acclaimed author and storyteller ("seanchaí" in the words of the Irish) with a passion for Irish and Irish-American history. His passion and story-telling skills have enchanted and educated both readers and listeners in both America and Ireland.

McDonnell's first book, "ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland," won three national literary awards and received universally positive book reviews. "ClanDonnell" is a collection of stories of an Irish clan which tell the history of Ireland in an entertaining, easy-to-read fashion, through the tone of an oral history. The human stories, numerous illustrations, and humor bring the history of Ireland to life for the non-historian reader.

"Buy The Horse A Guinness (& Other Wee Tales of Ireland)" is a collection of eight short stories, each of which were in his repertoire of oral stories. The book is whimsically illustrated by talented British artist Rob Wilkinson. His next book, a fictional story set in both Detroit and Dublin, will be published in 2020.

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