Cover Reveal for Never Know Your Place

December 14 2023, 03:26pm

Never Know Your Place

The O'Brien Press have shared the cover of Never Know Your Place - Memoir of a Rulebreaker ahead of its publication in March 2024. 

Never Know Your Place was written by Martin Naughton with Joanna Marsden. It has a foreword by Rosaleen McDonagh, and an Afterword by Niall O'Baoill. 

Martin Naughton (1954–2016) was a disabled activist from Spiddal, County Galway, who lived most of his life in Baldoyle in north Dublin. Having experienced institutionalisation and fought hard for his freedom, he became a life-long advocate for the right of disabled people to live independently. Through his personal friendships with American activists, he was instrumental in spreading the Independent Living movement to Ireland, and in the mid-1990s he led the landmark political campaign for Personal Assistant services. His later achievements include founding the ‘ENIL Freedom Drive’, a biennial event which brings disabled people from Europe together in Brussels to highlight the right to Independent Living.

Joanna Marsden is a writer and independent radio documentary-maker who lives in Dún Laoghaire. She writes for publications including The Irish Times and got to know Martin when she interviewed him for a book about how life had changed for disabled people in Ireland. Her projects include making documentaries for Newstalk and RTÉ Lyric FM, and contributing to TULCA Festival of Visual Arts.

We will have lots more to share with you on this between now and 11 March but for now we are pleased to share the cover and to link you to where you can find more information about the book on the O'Brien Press website