I am most grateful to Michael O’Brian and all at the ‘O’Brian Press, Dublin for making this possible. Michael first contacted me in August 2015, as at the time he was looking to produce a photographic book on Kerry and a mutual friend Bob Joyce suggested that he take a look at my website. I subsequently went along to meet the O’Brian team in Terenure, Dublin. There we agreed that I would not only provide the photographs, but also write the book. I spent the following year on the road, travelling the length and breadth of the Kingdom in an attempt to fill in some of the missing locations from my Kerry collection. I explored and searched out sites and places that I had heard of but never visited. Michael asked me to include photographs of people – something rather absent from my portfolio. After all, Kerry is much more than just splendid scenery! It is people that make a place and add character to it. I have also included the curious & quirky, in an attempt to broaden the book’s appeal.
Editors Helen and Emma, and Liz from ‘The Little Red Pen’ have made sense of my writings and reduced a folder of nearly 400 images down to the 240, we see. An extra special thank you to Liz, who has been extremely professional and very patient with me. The phrase ‘steep learning curve’ comes to mind. I am already compiling images for my next book; Irish-based again but this time rather different.
Kerry the Beautiful Kingdom is now available to buy on Amazon!