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Winner of the 2013 Debut-litzer Prize for Fiction -Malarky by Anakana Schofield

Winner of the 2013 Debut-litzer Prize  for Fiction -Malarky by Anakana Schofield | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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The Rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissy – Guardian Review

The Rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissy – Guardian Review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
His sister Bella hardly featured in Sean O'Casey's autobiography but Morrissy fills in the missing years

 

The playwright Sean O Casey composed six volumes of autobiography but didn't reserve much space for his sister, Bella, whom he killed off at least a decade earlier than her actual demise during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Fifteen years older, and practically a second mother to him, her principal sin was that of marrying a common soldier, thus throwing away the advantages of an above-average education "for the romance of a crimson coat". Morrissy's novel restores the missing years and invents some fairly convincing extenuating circumstances 

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A Fictional Review by Peter Murphy: The Sounds of the River – A Lost Anthology (Folk Devil Records)

A Fictional Review by Peter Murphy: The Sounds of the River – A Lost Anthology (Folk Devil Records) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Rogers Writers’ Trust winner Emma Donoghue’s top five summer reads - Chatelaine

Rogers Writers’ Trust winner Emma Donoghue’s top five summer reads - Chatelaine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Award-winning author Emma Donoghue of The Room and Astray offers up a tempting selection of books to take on vacation.
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Young Skins, by Colin Barrett - Irish Times

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Young Skins, by Colin Barrett
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Colin Barrett's short, brutal collection of stories presents clearly and without sentimentality a picture of the young Irish small-town male, in his current crisis of hopelessness and alienation.
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CBC Writers and Company - Roddy Doyle Interview

CBC Writers and Company - Roddy Doyle Interview | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish writer Roddy Doyle clearly loves to talk - and his characters do too, in their own lively, expletive-ridden way. Doyle's new novel "The Guts" brings back Jimmy Rabbitte from the "Barrytown Trilogy".
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Joseph O’Connor reads from his short story ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’

Joseph O’Connor reads from his short story ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Legends of the Fall series: Novelist Joseph O’Connor reads an extract from his short story appearing in the Weekend edition of The Irish Times
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Interview: ‘I find everything interesting’ says Deirdre Madden

Interview: ‘I find everything interesting’ says Deirdre Madden | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
World War One photographs, the Celtic Tiger and the path to progress have all influenced Deirdre Madden’s latest novel as she tells Philip Cummins.

 

STRIDING across the cobble-stoned pathways of Trinity College, Deirdre Madden appears to be at one with Dublin.

It’s interesting to watch because Madden is widely characterized as a uniquely Northern Irish novelist, best-known as the writer of One By One in the Darkness, set during the week of the IRA ceasefire in 1994.

The Antrim native, who has lived in Dublin for decades, with her husband, poet Harry Clifton, is now on novel number eight, the recently published, Time Present and Time Past.

It’s a novel which has been written in-between teaching creative writing at the central Dublin hub meaning its gestation was “a very slow process” as she’s tried to balance her workload. “It’s not always easy,” she says, “so I am very happy to get this latest book finished.”

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