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LRB · Colm Tóibín · A Man of No Mind: The Passion of Roger Casement - The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa

LRB · Colm Tóibín · A Man of No Mind: The Passion of Roger Casement - The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In his book King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild describes the stretch of the Congo River as it approaches the sea: Much of the Congo River basin, we now know, lies on a plateau in the African interior.

 

While Casement in all his complexity might indeed ‘deserve the honours of a great novel’, that very complexity, as it has been argued about in the last decade or so, could itself be a useful theme for a novel. Casement was a fanatical Irish nationalist who left Ireland at the age of 16 and spent very little time in the country again. He dreamed about Ireland when he worked as a British diplomat and the more he dreamed the more passionate he became about Irish freedom and the revival of the Irish language. He worked to help colonise the Congo, implicating himself in the very activity of which he later became a formidable and public enemy. He was an energetic and meticulous campaigner against the abuse of the native population of the Congo and the Amazon Basin;

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The Irish Literary Times provides up-to-date coverage of Irish literary news and events in a magazine format via articles available online.

 

The site is curated by Gerard Beirne an Irish poet and novelist now living in Canada. His new novel is Charlie Tallulah (Oberon Press). His most recent collection of poetry is Games of Chance:A Gambler`s Manual (Oberon Press). His novel The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars Publishers) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and was selected by the Literary Editor of the Daily Express  as his Book of the Year “scandalously ignored by the Man Booker judges...”.

 

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Recordings of the poet:Seamus Heaney’s genius shines through in new selections: New Selected Poems 1966-1987, 1988-2013

Recordings of the poet:Seamus Heaney’s genius shines through in new selections: New Selected Poems 1966-1987, 1988-2013 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Review: Recordings of the poet reading his own work enhance appreciation of its power
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▶ Mary O'Malley. Festival Isla 2014. Instituto Cervantes de Dublín

Mary O'Malley. Festival Isla 2014. Instituto Cervantes de Dublín
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor - A woman addresses her body by Moyra Donaldson

The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor - A woman addresses her body  by  Moyra Donaldson | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A poem each day, plus literary and historical notes from this day in history
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Her Father’s Daughter by Nessa O'Mahony

Her Father’s Daughter by Nessa O'Mahony | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Nessa O’Mahony’s third poetry collection presents two very contrasting father-daughter relationships in a parallel sequence of poems, one relating to her relationship with her own father, the second exploring the life of her grandfather through her mother’s memories.
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Tuesday Poem: An Outlook

Peter Fallon grew up on a farm near Kells, Co. Meath. He has published many collections of poetry including translations of Virgil. His latest book is Strong My Love. He is the founding editor of The Gallery Press, one of Ireland’s most distinguished publishers of poetry.
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Essay - On "Restrained, Elegant Prose"

Essay - On "Restrained, Elegant Prose" | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
There’s an old tale often retold in self-help books with Christian roots a la Norman Vincent Peale: an orator recites Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd”, to an audience who listens rapturously to ...
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Sive at the Abbey Theatre; "Breathtaking from the outset and the raw emotion ... - Irish Mirror

Sive at the Abbey Theatre; "Breathtaking from the outset and the raw emotion ... - Irish Mirror | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The haunting image of tragic Sive's soaking and lifeless body lying on the kitchen table says more about the toxic underbelly of 1950s Ireland than any amount of rhetoric ever could
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Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon performing at the Singapore Writers Festival 2014.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon performing at the Singapore Writers Festival 2014. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Beauty. Few words are both so simple and so complex at once. While most of us are able to recognise what we find beautiful be it an object, a person, an experience or thought very few of us are able to explain just what exactly beauty is.
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▶ Considerations #7: Acts of Resilience - Damian Gorman

"Considerations" is a video series comprising of nine poems written and recited by Damian Gorman. Watch previous episodes here: http://bit.ly/dgcons --- "Act...
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Eavan Boland - A Poet's Dublin | Illuminations Maynooth

This is "Eavan Boland - A Poet's Dublin | Illuminations Maynooth" by Illuminations Gallery on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Rondelet on the Alchemy of Bacon Fat: Doireann Ní Ghríofa & Peter Madden

Rondelet on the Alchemy of Bacon Fat: Doireann Ní Ghríofa & Peter Madden | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Colony is a new experimental literary magazine in Ireland and includes spoken word, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translation and music.
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Have Irish-language books fallen off the shelf? by Doireann Ní Bhriain

Have Irish-language books fallen off the shelf? by Doireann Ní Bhriain | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Kerry Hardie: The Zebra Stood in the Night; Gerald Dawe: Mickey Finn’s Air; Nessa O’Mahony: Her Father’s Daughter; Theo Dorgan: Nine Bright Shiners; Jessica Traynor: Liffey Swim

Kerry Hardie: The Zebra Stood in the Night; Gerald Dawe: Mickey Finn’s Air; Nessa O’Mahony: Her Father’s Daughter; Theo Dorgan: Nine Bright Shiners; Jessica Traynor: Liffey Swim | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Kerry Hardie: The Zebra Stood in the Night; Gerald Dawe: Mickey Finn’s Air; Nessa O’Mahony: Her Father’s Daughter; Theo Dorgan: Nine Bright Shiners; Jessica Traynor: Liffey Swim
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SOME THOUGHTS ON LE FANU: AN INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW HOLNES

Brian J. Showers: Do you recall the first Le Fanu story you read?

Matthew Holness: Perhaps typically, it was his much-anthologised masterpiece "Carmilla". I read it in a cheap hardback anthology which I still own to this day. The atmosphere it generated made a huge impression on me.

BJS: What were the circumstances under which you encountered it?


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Lia Mills: ‘Books are like children, leaving home. You want the world to treat them well’

Lia Mills: ‘Books are like children, leaving home. You want the world to treat them well’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A book isn’t written in one sitting, it comes one word at a time, and a few words a day will get you there in the end'
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The 100 best novels: No 61 Murphy by Samuel Beckett (1938)

The 100 best novels: No 61  Murphy by Samuel Beckett (1938) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Samuel Becketts first published novel is an absurdist masterpiece, a showcase for his uniquely comic voiceThe sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
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Survey reveals the most borrowed library books in Ireland - Irish Times

Survey reveals the most borrowed library books in Ireland - Irish Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
To mark Library Ireland Week ‘The Irish Times’ surveyed the country’s libraries
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Ellen Forrester: Irish Woman Poet

Ellen Forrester: Irish Woman Poet | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Born Ellen Magennis in Clones in c 1828, she moved to Liverpool as a child and then lived in Manchester. She married a stone mason, Michael Forrester and they had five children, three of whom, Arth...
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Review: 'Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art,' edited by Janet McLean - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review: 'Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art,' edited by Janet McLean - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Perhaps because they occupy different spaces in the artistic ecosystem, painters and writers seem to have a special affinity, often complementing (and complimenting) each other rather than competing
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