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Staring at Lakes - Memoir by Michael Harding

Staring at Lakes - Memoir by Michael Harding | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

“I hear you ran into a bit of stormy weather,” someone said to me, after I had fallen apart. When I ended up in hospital and subsequently at home in bed, depressed for months. Stormy weather. I suppose that’s it all right. Turbulence in the interior. Rain storms in the organics. And mental darkness. The consequences of pushing too much and ending up ill.

Good cry 

Afterwards I cried for a year. It was a good cry. It was a cry that allowed me to remember who I was. “I am a bit like Sancho Panza,” I concluded. “I cry a lot and I like donkeys.”

I loved riding the big-eared, furry beasts when I was a child, on the beach at Bundoran, with a gypsy boy holding the reins and my father holding my hand. And the cross on the donkey’s back amazed me. I thought it was really put there by God’s finger one morning when no one was looking to mark the donkey as a hero.

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The Irish Literary Times

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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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Declan Meade on indie publishing, the Independent Bookshop and doing the groundwork for the major players

Declan Meade on indie publishing, the Independent Bookshop and doing the groundwork for the major players | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
We caught up with Declan Meade, founder and publisher of The Stinging Fly and one of the participants in The Independent Bookshop in a basement retail unit on Dublin’s South William Street.
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Selected Shorts: On Air - Frank O’Connor’s “Christmas Morning,” read by Malachy McCourt.

Selected Shorts: On Air - Frank O’Connor’s “Christmas Morning,” read by Malachy McCourt. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Selected Shorts features some of the finest artists of the American theater reading contemporary and classic short fiction.
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Limerick – City of Culture: tribute to a small group of Limerick-based readers

Limerick – City of Culture: tribute to a small group of Limerick-based readers | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
tribute to a small group of Limerick-based readers
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Classic Christmas short stories for children - Irish Times

Classic Christmas short stories for children - Irish Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Gather the kids around and sprinkle a little Christmas magic with these festive short stories
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'She taught me that truth has a sound': Lisa Dwan on Billie Whitelaw

'She taught me that truth has a sound': Lisa Dwan on Billie Whitelaw | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
After performing Samuel Beckett’s mouth-only performance Not I, Lisa Dwan found a valuable guide in Beckett’s muse, Billie Whitelaw, who died this week.
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Billie Whitelaw, Samuel Beckett collaborator, dies aged 82

Billie Whitelaw, Samuel Beckett collaborator, dies aged 82 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
British actor passes away in London nursing home, says her son
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25 years ago - The New York Times: Samuel Beckett Is Dead at 83

Samuel Beckett, a towering figure in drama and fiction who altered the course of contemporary theater, died in Paris on Friday at the age of 83. He died of respiratory problems in a Paris hospital, where he had been moved from a nursing home. He was buried yesterday at the Montparnasse cemetery after a private funeral.

Explaining the secrecy surrounding his illness, hospitalization and death, Irene Lindon, representing the author's Paris publisher, Editions de Minuit, said it was ''what he would have wanted.''

Beckett's plays became the cornerstone of 20th-century theater beginning with ''Waiting for Godot,'' which was first produced in 1953. As the play's two tramps wait for a salvation that never comes, they exchange vaudeville routines and metaphysical musings - and comedy rises to tragedy. An Alternative to Naturalism

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Father figure and mentor of Irish dramatic talent- Phelim Donlon: July 17th, 1936 - December 14th, 2014

Father figure and mentor of Irish dramatic talent- Phelim Donlon: July 17th, 1936 - December 14th, 2014 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Phelim Donlon: July 17th, 1936 - December 14th, 2014
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▶ Samuel Beckett, HAPPY DAYS (Act I), Billie Whitelaw, directed by Beckett, 1979 - YouTube

CAST: Billie Whitelaw (Winnie), Leonard Fenton (Willie). Director: Samuel Beckett. The picture quality of this copy is very poor, but this important producti...
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Gerry Mc Donnell – Three Poems

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GERRY MC DONNELL was born and lives in Dublin. He was educated in Trinity College, Dublin where he edited ICARUS, the college literary magazine; and at Dublin City University.
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Poetry: Diagnosis (after Raymond Carver) - Independent.ie

Poetry: Diagnosis (after Raymond Carver) - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
He said it was life threatening and incurable
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Christmas Pudding - by Colm Toibin The New Yorker

Christmas Pudding - by Colm Toibin The New Yorker | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Christmas meant that the whole family was together—my parents and their five children, and also my father’s brother and sister and my mother’s sister. On Christmas Day in Enniscorthy, at one o’clock—the same time as every other Irish family—we ate the same food: turkey and ham and vegetables, including mashed and roast potatoes. The only difference between us and everybody else was that our Christmas pudding was better. My grandmother had known the cook at the Castle, and the cook had slipped he
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Irish Publishing in the 21st Century

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It’s that time of hear when, on entering any bookshop, I’m struck by the shimmering height of packed shelves of new titles, and what looks like acres and acres of vertical ‘fields’ of written word, and then my eye falls to the colourful stacks on...
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Michael Longley: The Stairwell (e-book) - Wake Forest University Press

Michael Longley: The Stairwell (e-book) - Wake Forest University Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In The Stairwell, his tenth collection, Michael Longley’s themes and forms reach a new intensity. The second part of the book is a powerful sequence of elegies for his twin brother, Peter, and the dominant mood elsewhere is elegiac. The title poem begins: “I have been thinking about the music for my funeral …” The …
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Christmas The Way It Was With John B. Keane - RTÉ Archives

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Christmas The Way It Was With John B. Keane
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The Dead by James Joyce | Narrative Magazine

The Dead by James Joyce | Narrative Magazine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Dead by James Joyce — Lily, the caretaker’s daughter, was literally run off her feet. Hardly had she brought one gentleman into the little ...
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She Stoops to Conquer – Abbey Theatre – Review

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She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
She Stoops to Conquer is heading towards its 240th anniversary since its first production in 1777 but in this revival she is as flighty as ever and certainly not showing any signs of age.
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Waiting for love - how the women in Samuel Beckett's life helped to shape him

Waiting for love - how the women in Samuel Beckett's life helped to shape him | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Samuel Beckett was obsessed with birth. "I have a clear memory of my own foetal existence," he said in an interview given in 1970. "It was an existence where no voice, no
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25 Years Since Death of Samuel Beckett - RTÉ Archives

On 22 December, 1989 Samuel Beckett, author and Nobel Prize winner, died in Paris. 

Listen back to 1976 when Beckett’s school friends, Douglas Graham and Edward Cox, spoke about his school days in Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. 

These interviews are taken from the programme ‘The Life and Work of Samuel Beckett’, broadcast in 1976. They were rebroadcast in the programme 'Bookweek' in May 1984.

The accompanying photograph shows Marie Keane in Samuel Beckett's 'Happy Days'.

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Samuel Beckett who died 25 years ago today: An Appreciation by John Montague

Samuel Beckett who died 25 years ago today: An Appreciation by John Montague | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Obituary: Samuel Beckett
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▶ Samuel Beckett, HAPPY DAYS (Act II), Billie Whitelaw, directed by Beckett - YouTube

CAST: Billie Whitelaw (Winnie), Leonard Fenton (Willie). Director: Samuel Beckett. The picture quality of this copy is very poor, but this important producti...
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Billie Whitelaw: Beckett’s ‘perfect actress’ - dies on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Beckett's Death

Billie Whitelaw: Beckett’s ‘perfect actress’ - dies on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Beckett's Death | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
She starred in The Omen and Frenzy, but she will always be remembered for her powerful interpretations of Beckett’s plays
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Richard W. Halperin – Five Poems

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Richard W. Halperin has seen over 230 of his poems published in magazines in Ireland and the UK since 2005.
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