Pre-order Now: Journeywork, a Creative Life by Dave Duggan

Pre-order Now: Journeywork, a Creative Life by Dave Duggan

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Pre-order your copy of Journeywork, a Creative Life by Dave Duggan.

Nerve Centre is delighted to announce plans to publish Dave Duggan’s new work of creative non-fiction, Journeywork, a Creative Life, to coincide with the Foyle Film Festival 2024.

Dave Duggan presents Journeywork, a Creative Life — thirteen essays that explore the arc of a creative life. Each essay stands alone as a chapter, combining memoir, medical matters and reflections on creative practice and theory. The tone is humane, engaging and serious without being academic.

The book is aimed at adult readers, including practising, emerging and aspiring creatives. It features travel stories interwoven with health challenges, work achievements and personal reflections. It is a case study of how one person creates works of imagination, while earning a living and maintaining a family, with all the ordinary ups and downs of such a life.

Special Pre-Sale Offer:

  • Pre-sale £9.99 (RRP £12.99)

  • Advance purchasers will receive 'exclusive' extracts, including the book's foreword, ahead of the official launch at Foyle Film Festival in November 2024.

Pre-order your copy today and be among the first to experience this insightful and inspiring collection of essays.


Dave Duggan is a novelist and dramatist based in Derry, writing in both English and Irish. He received a Major Arts Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010. His detective novel Oak and Stone (Merdog Books, 2019) was listed among the best international detective novels of the year by The Irish Times. His stage dramas, including Gruagairí (2007) and Makaronik (2014), were produced by Aisling Ghéar.

Duggan's works, such as The Greening of Larry Mahon (Guildhall Press, 2004) and A Sudden Sun (Guildhall Press, 2012), reflect his versatile storytelling. His theatre work has been showcased in Ireland, Edinburgh, Liverpool, New York, and Afghanistan, with plays like Spike Dreams and Still, the Blackbird Sings enjoying national tours. He collaborated with Sole Purpose Productions on Plays in a Peace Process (Guildhall Press, 2008) and wrote Chezzie’s Chance for the City of Derry Jazz Festival (2018, 2019).

His film and television contributions include the Oscar-nominated Dance Lexie Dance (Raw Nerve Productions, 1996). Duggan’s latest novel, Ór agus Mil (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2022), and his upcoming collection of essays, Journeywork, a Creative Life, set for publication in 2024, continues his exploration of creative themes.

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