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Interview with writer Noel Duffy: Part Two

Interview with writer Noel Duffy: Part Two | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Noel, following on from the last interview, I’d like to focus on some of the poems. I am interested, in particular, in ‘Timepieces’. Tell me about the genesis of this long poem.

You know, there are a lot of poems about love or death or other subjects (I’ve written about them myself, of course) but very few about friendship, which is a bit odd when you consider the importance of friends in our lives. So this piece is about a friendship my dad struck up with a labourer at Dublin Bus, then known as CIE, where he worked in the late 70s. This man, PJ, turned out to be a respected amateur antiquarian and coin collector and drew my dad into his interests and they formed a great friendship through this, going to coin fares at the weekend or PJ coming over to teach my dad Ogham, which I explore in one section. Another crucial element to the poem is my perspective. It is really an initiation into both the adult world of male friendship, as well as how it awoke in me the excitement of the imagined past. I think it’s ultimately saying something about the power of art – both in terms of my dad and PJs story and my attempt to tell it.

- See more at: http://shaunaswriting.com/wordpress/2013/10/interview-with-writer-noel-duffy-part-two/#sthash.XcSTdzLU.dpuf

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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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How one man brought Samuel Beckett to America

How one man brought Samuel Beckett to America | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Half Irish, half Jewish, all rebel, Barney Rosset fought censorship all his life.
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One Irish author makes 'International Dublin Literary Award' shortlist

One Irish author makes 'International Dublin Literary Award' shortlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Anne Enright will face off against nine others to claim the €100,000 prize
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Sara Baume, Peter Bazalgette and the art of empathy – books podcast

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Novelist Sara Baume discusses her novel A Line Made by Walking, while broadcaster Peter Bazalgette makes the case for prioritising compassion in The Empathy Instinct
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Jane Clarke - Standard Issue

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Fancy getting stuck into a sonnet or cosy with a canzone but no idea where to start? Emotions are disturbingly fashionable these days, writes our poetry doctor* Hazel Burke. Thank goodness for subtle gaps. *She’s not a real doctor.
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Waiting for Godot: The enduring mystery of Samuel Beckett's most famous play

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Druid’s production of the play will go on show at The Abbey this month.
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MA Gaelic Literature| | Modern Irish UCC

Giving serious consideration to this @UCC program: MA Gaelic Literature| | Modern Irish UCC. Thoughts? https://t.co/iitqNh7nPF
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West Cork Literary Festival line-up revealed

West Cork Literary Festival line-up revealed | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Ennis Book Club Festival; Bookshop of the Year; Asking for it on campus; Hogwarts Spring Gala
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Emma Donoghue: ‘It’s all about getting that balance of truth and magic right’

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The author talks about her recently published first book for young readers, The Lotterys Plus One
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The best second novels of all time- James Joyce

The best second novels of all time- James Joyce | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Debuts hog the publishing limelight, but a glance back at some great books, from Jane Austen to James Joyce, shows that we shouldn’t neglect sophomores
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Silent – Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage) – Review

Silent – Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage) – Review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Silent - Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage) - Review by Frank L. Fishamble: The New Play Company in association with the Abbey Theatre - Silent Written and performed by Pat Kinevane From Thursday, 30 March 2017 To Saturday, 15 April 2017 Showing on Peacock stage - Running time: 95 minutes with no interval In Silent, one…
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Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ‘All that is human in me recoils from this’

Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ‘All that is human in me recoils from this’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The award-winning author witnesses Palestinian life under occupation: ‘I cannot forget the madness of what I saw there. The sheer effort to make history die’
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Master and servant: how Tania Bruguera is using Beckett to dismantle power

Master and servant: how Tania Bruguera is using Beckett to dismantle power | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Artist Tania Bruguera knows a thing or two about power struggles: she’s been jailed and says she’ll run for the Cuban presidency. So the co-dependency in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame makes it the perfect play for her directorial debut
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John B Keane reminisces in Cork for 'Many Young Men of 20' revival

John B Keane reminisces in Cork for 'Many Young Men of 20' revival | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Headline John B Keane reminisces in Cork for 'Many Young Men of 20' revival
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Irish Writers in London, Summer School (short course) | London Metropolitan University

Irish Writers in London, Summer School (short course) | London Metropolitan University | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
First established in 1996, the Irish Writer in London Summer School provides an informal but informed setting for you to read and discuss contemporary literature.
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Anne Enright only Irish contender for Dublin literary award

Anne Enright only Irish contender for Dublin literary award | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
‘The Sympathizer’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen is favourite on strong international shortlist
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Ireland’s debt to George Russell-Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to London, pays tribute to the writer on the 150th anniversary of his birth

Ireland’s debt to George Russell-Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to London, pays tribute to the writer on the 150th anniversary of his birth | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dan Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to London, pays tribute to the writer on the 150th anniversary of his birth

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Listen to Alan McMonagle read from his debut novel 'Ithaca' at Kennys Bookshop

We were very proud to welcome Alan McMonagle to Kennys Bookshop recently. He read from his much anticipated novel 'Ithaca'. Alan has written for radio
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A.E.—An Appreciation and a Remembrance

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"I have never met any man more serenely confident about the assured triumph of beauty in human life."
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Submit a Script or an Idea | Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach

Submit a Script or an Idea | Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Abbey Theatre is the national theatre of Ireland.
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Yeats Besotted – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre – Review

Yeats Besotted – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre – Review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Yeats Besotted - Bewley's Cafe Theatre - Review by Frank L. Apr 03 - 22, 2017 | 1pm (doors at 12.50pm) Yeats Besotted - Written and Directed by Cathal Quinn Unrequited love is likely to lead to behaviour which is less than rational. If the object of the love is a beauty who has radical…
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In her  Memoir, Local Hero tells her story of a life less ordinary - Connacht Tribune

In her  Memoir, Local Hero tells her story of a life less ordinary - Connacht Tribune | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Despite only being able to type using a single finger on a hand which frequently goes into spasm, Mary Kinsella has managed to type nearly 30,000 words for her upcoming memoir. It is a formidable achievement for the woman who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy from a very young age. But then Mary is used …
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Colin Dardis: National Poetry Writing Month... Day (Part 4)

Colin Dardis: National Poetry Writing Month... Day (Part 4) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Over halfway, just after 1pm when I finished poem 19 for #NaPoWriMo 2017... finished poem 24 just after 3.30pm. 19. Saltwater Moon
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