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Roddy Doyle: gutsy performance or needs more commitment? – books podcast

Roddy Doyle: gutsy performance or needs more commitment? – books podcast | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
John Crace's satirical Digested read columns have become a Guardian institution, reducing the most newsworthy books of the year to an essential 600 words.
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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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Conor McPherson’s Port Authority at Irish Repertory Theatre

"Port Authority" is the story of three generations of Irish men: Kevin, a rudderless young man falling for his female roommate, who doesn't reciprocate
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A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker review – a skilful recreation of Beckett’s war years

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker review – a skilful recreation of Beckett’s war years | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The author of Longbourn illuminates Beckett’s work by dramatising the privation and adventures of his wartime experiences, from his work with the resistance to his long walk southAmid all the Jane Austen reboots and ripoffs, Jo Baker’s 2013 debut...
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Irish author wins Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest and stay in Hemingway’s home

Irish author wins Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest and stay in Hemingway’s home | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Wallpaper, published here, by Denyse Woods, ex-director of West Cork Literary Festival and whose first success came in The Irish Times, defeated more than 2,100 entries
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Paul Murray and Hannah Rothschild win Wodehouse Prize - BBC News

Paul Murray and Hannah Rothschild win Wodehouse Prize - BBC News | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Authors Paul Murray and Hannah Rothschild have jointly won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.
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A bittersweet memorial to Brian Friel

A bittersweet memorial to Brian Friel | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Bookmarks: Gallery to publish Friel’s Collected Plays; prizes for Paul Murray and Sarah Crossan; Belinda McKeon shortlisted
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New dlr Writer in Residence 2016-2017

New dlr Writer in Residence 2016-2017 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sarah Webb is an award winning writer for both children and adults. She has written eleven bestselling novels for adults.
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Interview with Volker Schlöndorff re his new film Retun to Montauk - cowritten with Colm Toibin

Interview with Volker Schlöndorff re his new film Retun to Montauk - cowritten with Colm Toibin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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On Reading ‘Portrait of the Artist’ as a Young Man

On Reading ‘Portrait of the Artist’ as a Young Man | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
For years, I thought literature belonged only to others. James Joyce taught me I was wrong.
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Anthony Cronin: Poetry, politics and this all too short life

Anthony Cronin: Poetry, politics and this all too short life | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Cronin has had many lives: as a bar-stool confidant to Irish literary giants, adviser to Haughey and a renowned poet
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“The Middle of April” by Fióna Bolger

“The Middle of April” by Fióna Bolger | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Middle of April After Robert Hass i whan that Aprille with his shoures soote the droghte of March hath perced to the roote my grandfather quotes Chaucer from the vinyl ii he knows more now we will too soon iii in the spring pelmet of green in ...
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No Country for Old Men: 21st Century Irish Writers Liz Nugent & Danielle McLaughlin on Transformations Personal & Public

No Country for Old Men: 21st Century Irish Writers Liz Nugent & Danielle McLaughlin on Transformations Personal & Public | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center presents No Country for Old Men: 21st Century Irish Writers Liz Nugent & Danielle McLaughlin on Transformations Personal & Public - Friday, May 27, 2016 at New York...
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An Irish literary festival calendar for the next few weeks

An Irish literary festival calendar for the next few weeks | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish and international authors are all set to read from and discuss their work at a host of events over the next few weeks. Here are some of the highlights for your diary
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The Lonely Sea and Sky by Dermot Bolger review: Ocean colour scenes

The Lonely Sea and Sky by Dermot Bolger review: Ocean colour scenes | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dermot Bolger finds his depth in this stirring tribute to Irish sailors who charted a neutral path through choppy war-time waters
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Theo Dorgan - Iasil 2016

Theo Dorgan - Iasil 2016 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Theo Dorgan is a poet, prose writer, editor, translator, documentary screenwriter and lecturer. He is from Cork and holds a MA in English Literature from UCC. His work has been translated into several languages, including French, Spanish and Italian.
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Shining City by Conor McPherson at the Irish Repertory Theatre

Shining City is a haunting play, dense with urban lives that brush against one another while never making contact. When the character John is firs
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The Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist

The Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
If you need any other proof that new Irish fiction is going through a
particularly exciting period, look at the Desmond Elliot Prize shortlist.
Gavin McCrea and Lisa McInerney are two of the most exciting debut authors
I’ve read in recent years. Since I first read it a year ago, I’ve brought
up Mrs Engels many times on this blog and on social media. You know what
I’ve said about it so here is what the prize’s Chair of judges Iain Pears
says about McCrea’s novel:

“McCrea has cleverly included just enough historical detail to set a very
evocative scene, then lets his cast tell the story. The writing always
surprises, his characters are compelling without having to be likeable and,
as all of we judges noted, Mrs Engels is perhaps the most feminist novel we
read for the Prize.”

That’s an interesting final thought considering McCrea was one of only
three men out of the ten authors on the Desmond Elliot Prize longlist!

Lisa McInerney's novel is a powerfully-written and sweeping tale of modern
day Cork that includes people who aren’t often portrayed in fiction. It’s
also recently been shortlisted for this year's Baileys Prize for Fiction.

Pears said: “It is no surprise that not one but two major literary prizes
have noticed McInerney’s talent. She gives us strong, complex working-class
characters with real emotional hinterlands, and plays with the reader’s
emotions in an extraordinarily sophisticated way.”

Also included in this shortlist of three is Julia Rochester’s striking
novel about family secrets. It’s a novel that also made the Baileys Prize
for Fiction longlist.

Pears said: “Rochester’s writing is quite wonderful – she is particularly
strong on her sense of place. She brings the landscape to life just as she
does her characters. We all felt we were with them at key points in the
book.”

Click on the titles below for my full reviews about each of these novels.

Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester

The winner will be revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 22 June,
where he or she will be presented with a cheque for £10,000.
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Irish author Paul Murray shares Wodehouse Prize

Irish author Paul Murray shares Wodehouse Prize | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish author Paul Murray and British writer Hannah Rothschild have been announced as joint winners of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.
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Listen to or read Tom French’s inspiring address at the ‘A Poem for Ireland’ schools competition. | Poetry Ireland

Listen to or read Tom French’s inspiring address at the ‘A Poem for Ireland’ schools competition. | Poetry Ireland | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is new Ireland Professor of Poetry

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is new Ireland Professor of Poetry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
President Higgins announces poet will succeed Paula Meehan in prestigious role for three-year term
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Theatre review: Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Theatre review: Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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The achievement of Jessie Lendennie

The achievement of Jessie Lendennie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
THERE IS a memory, somewhat hazy, probably romanticised, of the shop door opening one morning in the early eighties, and a young, statuesque, lady sailing in, wearing a flowing colourful cloak, somewhat reminiscent of an Adrienne Monnier or a Sylvia Beach.
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Colm Tóibín: The Sentence Starting a Book

Colm Tóibín: The Sentence Starting a Book | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In this short video, Colm Tóibín – known for acclaimed novels such as ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘The Master’ – discusses the important function of a novel’s first sentence as a catalyst for the rest of the book.
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Listowel Writers’ Week decides against Israeli funding

Listowel Writers’ Week decides against Israeli  funding | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Concerns raised over acceptance of Israeli funds for expenses of author Savyon Liebrecht
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The Irish Short Story That Never Ends by John O'Donoghue - winner of The Irish Post's Listowel Writers' Week creative writing competition - Irish Post

The Irish Short Story That Never Ends by John O'Donoghue - winner of The Irish Post's Listowel Writers' Week creative writing competition - Irish Post | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Brighton's John O'Donoghue has been named as the winner of the 2016 Irish Post Listowel Writers' Week creative writing competition
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