FIRST FIDELMA MYSTERY IN IRISH LANGUAGE
Major collector’s item
Scréach ón Tuama (A Scream from the Sepulchre) is published this December as a 36pp booklet by The International Sister Fidelma Society. This is a major event, as it is the first time a Sister Fidelma Mystery has been produced in the Irish language.
The Sister Fidelma Mysteries, set in 7th Century Ireland, have become an international best-selling phenomenon, selling over 4.5 million copies, translated into 18 languages, broadcast as radio plays, issued as audio books and now optioned for developing as a television series. Sister Fidelma, a religious of what we now call the `Celtic Church’ is also an advocate of the ancient Irish Laws, the Brehon Law, and has to solve her cases in accordance with their rules. She is also sister of Colgú, an historical King of Munster.
Written by Peter Tremayne, the pseudonym of an Irish historian, whose family comes from Cork, the stories were first launched in 1993. They have engendered an international fan club, The International Sister Fidelma Society formed in 2001, and Cashel, in Co Tipperary, the main location of the stories, holds a three-day Féile Fidelma gathering every two years, attracting enthusiasts from many corners of the world. There is even a Bruden Fidelma, a Sister Fidelma B&B in Cashel, with rooms named after the characters and housing a library of the titles in many of the languages in which the books appear.
The price of this unique booklet is US$9.95 plus postage and packing, depending where you are situated. See below for order details.
Scréach ón Tuama has been translated by Dr Gearóid Ó Laoi of Cork. As well as the text, which is written in the standard, now called Caighdeán, there is an introduction about the series and selection of book reviews from the leading Irish newspapers. The jacket illustration was provided by Maggie Tolderlund of Peuco Editores, Fidelma’s Argentinean publishers, and there are also colour photographs inside.
Copies can be purchased directly from the Society via the options above, or by sending a check, payable to DAVID WOOTEN, for the correct amount, and mailed to the Society's address. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in Ireland then you can purchase direct from The Cashel Heritage Centre, Main Street, Cashel. Co. Tipperary, Ireland, by emailing email@example.com. They should be in stock shortly. If you are in the UK, copies may be had by contact C. Evans (Coláioste na nGael), 14 Chelmsford Road, Shenfield, Essex CM15 8RQ or emailing Dónal Kelleher at firstname.lastname@example.org.