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 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...”.
Collection of late author’s articles due to be published soon
Tributes were paid to the late journalist and author Maeve Binchy at the Dalkey Book Festival in Dublin last night. Speakers included author Roddy Doyle, academic Declan Kiberd, Maeve’s agent Christine Green, former Irish Times colleague Mary Maher and festival director David McWilliams.
Roddy Doyle remembered Maeve Binchy’s “great support” for the creative writing programme at the Fighting Words centre in Dublin, which runs writing workshops for young people. It was set up in January 2009 by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love, former director of Amnesty Ireland.
Irish poet’s 90-minute performance the highlight of month-long Marché de la Poésie festival
Irish, Americans, British and French . . . some braved rain and a rail strike to queue outside the Irish College for up to two hours for Seamus Heaney’s reading last night. It was the high point of the month-long Marché de la Poésie festival, where Ireland is the guest of honour, and a key event in Culture Connects, the programme organised by Dublin to mark its presidency of the EU.
It was also the birthday of William Butler Yeats. Thirteen is a lucky number for Irish Nobel laureates: Heaney and Samuel Beckett share April 13th as their birth date.
Bróga Johnny Thomáis is a collection of short stories that reflect the soul’s seasons in all their colours. The title story is a poignant look at a lost soul in London. It is to Mac Donncha’s great credit that, in his hands, the subject matter, the Irish emigrant, is neither tired nor trite. He conveys Johnny’s sense of loss and despair while ensuring he is a human character rather than a literary trope. He skewers the casual racism of Johnny’s supposedly kindly landlady: “ ‘Why
Congratulations to Michelle O’Sullivan on being shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize for her first collection The Blue End of Stars.
The shortlist for the 2013 prize was announced on 3 June.
The shortlisted books are:
James Brookes, SINS OF THE LEOPARD (Salt) Oli Hazzard, BETWEEN TWO WINDOWS (Carcanet) Judith Jedamus, THE SWERVE (Carcanet) William Letford, BEVEL (Carcanet) Alistair Noon, EARTH RECORDS (Nine Arches) Michelle O’Sullivan, THE BLUE END OF THE STARS (The Gallery Press) Maria Taylor, MELANCHRINI (Nine Arches) Ahren Warner, CONFER (Bloodaxe)
...And then they started putting bronze plaques on the pavements, and on the walls, to tell you where James Joyce’s characters in Ulysses had eaten their breakfast, or bought a bar of soap, or taken a piss. Walking around Dublin became an involuntary pilgrimage to all these holy sites. Bloomsday itself was like doing the Stations of the Cross, but with a big fry-up at the end of it.
We (your eight children) used to make fun of you for remembering WB Yeats’s or James Joyce’s birthdays more easily than ours. But now I am a parent and a writer too, I can sympathise. When I dash off to meet my kids at the school bus stop at the all-too-soon end of my working day, my head is often so full of my fictional creations that I have difficulty focusing on any aspect of real life.
The first poem, Lordship, in Conor O’Callaghan’s new collection, The Sun King (Gallery Press, €18.50/ €11.95), begins in a coastal writing retreat, then shifts to a novel that the protagonist is supposedly writing, before segueing into a feverishly imagined depiction of a London affair.
The three intertwined stories might be material enough for a novel, but they are vividly, memorably brought to life in the three pages of Lordship. O’Callaghan’s lines sing, compressing stories into images, so that ordinary details crystallise and are magicked into mysterious flares of significance, as in “the antique Nokia on the butcher’s block in the bathroom”, which “vibrates at all hours like tropical wildlife”.
This issue also sees Wales Arts Review celebrate one of the most exciting days in the international cultural calendar: Bloomsday. We have commissioned a series of articles on many different aspects of James Joyce. Nuala Ní Chonchúir discusses Joyce’s relationship with his mother, May Murray, and his wife, Nora, while also taking a look at the phenomenon of Bloomsday itself.Martina Evans precedes her major new poem, ‘Toasted Cheese’, with an examination of its principal influence: the Lestrygonians episode of Ulysses. In ‘Ulysses: The Deep and Vivid Words of Joyce’, Chris Cornwell explores the exotic language of Ulyssesand the connections and separations of personal and communal language. Lane Ashfeldt looks at Ulysses Seen, Rob Berry’s continuing graphic novelisation of Joyce’s masterwork. In ‘Epiphanies’, John Lavin examines the concept of the epiphany and how it is put to use in Joyce’s short fiction masterpiece, ‘The Dead’.
Exploration of our changing landscape is, in short, compelling 08 June 2013, Pat Boran, Irish Independent Few anthologies of new writing can be read as simply a 'gathering of flowers', as the original Greek might suggest. In Ireland, perhaps more than elsewhere, a new collection of stories is expected to be more than the sum of its parts, and must somehow describe the present state of the nation and perhaps of Irishness itself. If editor Kevin Barry's introduction is a somewhat perfunctory one from a writer who can usually be relied upon to engage, his claim for a genre "pulsing with great, mad and rude new energies" is for the most part borne out by this selection of well known and emerging names.
Graph Magazine is an online magazine devoted to literature, culture, commentary and all manner of engagements and interventions. It is edited by Peter Sirr, Michael Cronin and Barra O Seaghdha, who edited the original print magazine Graph in Dublin from 1986 to 1998 (funded by Arts Council of Ireland).