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Up-to-Date Coverage of The World of Irish Literature
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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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The Guardian: Desmond O'Grady – a great citizen of world poetry

The Guardian: Desmond O'Grady – a great citizen of world poetry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Billy Mills: The Irish poet, who died on Monday, adventured across many literary cultures, and he brought back some rare discoveries
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Seanachai Theatre renames itself Irish Theatre of Chicago

Seanachai Theatre renames itself Irish Theatre of Chicago | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
What's in a name? Clarity, identity, and perhaps a box office boost based on ease of pronunciation.
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Video on the life of Desmond O'Grady directed by Adam Wyeth

http://www.limerickwriterscentre.com Video on the life of Desmond O'Grady directed by Adam Wyeth.
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The O'Brien Press - Forty Years, Forty Books

The O'Brien Press - Forty Years, Forty Books | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Siobhan Parkinson's Amelia helped us create Irish children's literature with an international appeal #40years40books http://t.co/4Sq8lTBX6R
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Sheridan Le Fanu's haunting legacy - Irish Times

Sheridan Le Fanu's haunting legacy - Irish Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sheridan Le Fanu's haunting legacy Irish Times Although he is probably not as well known as Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley, the Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu, who was born 200 years ago on August 28th, is a seminal figure in the...
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Guest Post: Kate Ennals on AT The Edge, Cavan

Guest Post: Kate Ennals on AT The Edge, Cavan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
AT The Edge, Cavan was set up after going to ‘Over The Edge’ sessions run by Kevin Higgins and Susan Millar du Mars in Galway while doing my MA in Writing. When I returned to Cavan, I decided to pu...
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President pays tribute to poet Desmond O’Grady - Independent.ie

President pays tribute to poet Desmond O’Grady - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Desmond O’Grady, who passed away today aged 78, describing him as one of Ireland’s best-known poets.
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the IRISH NEWS: Published 23/08/2014 - Poetry festival to mark Heaney anniversary

the IRISH NEWS: Published 23/08/2014 - Poetry festival to mark Heaney anniversary | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
THE first anniversary of the death of Nobel laureate, Seamus Heaney will be marked by a festival of poetry, writing and culture in his home area. 'Celebrating Seamus Heaney on Home Ground' will run from September 11 to 14 in Magherafelt, south Derry.
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When I Lay My Hand by Tony Curtis - YouTube

Irish Poet Tony Curtis poem 'When I Lay My Hand'. Done by Ross Coghlan in the Department of Visual Communication NCAD, Dublin, Ireland.
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The New Yorker short story - The Referee BY JOSEPH O’NEILL

The New Yorker short story - The Referee BY JOSEPH O’NEILL | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Fiction by Joseph O’Neill. “There are a lot of ethical, pleasant, and dependable people notionally out there. It’s intimidating, frankly.”
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Takin' the Mic hosted by Rob Doyle

Takin' the Mic, Open Mic night at The Irish Writers Centre. June's Takin' The Mic was hosted by Rob Doyle. Takin' the Mic takes place on the last Friday of e...
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Charlotte Brooke: Irish Woman Poet No. 50

Charlotte Brooke: Irish Woman Poet No. 50 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Charlotte Brooke (c1740-1793) was born on Cavan, the daughter of a antiquarian and writer, Henry. She was a self-taught Irish scholar and her Reliques of Irish poetry, published in 1789, marked the...
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Podcast: The Shock of the New - Modernists including James Joyce

Podcast: The Shock of the New - Modernists including James Joyce | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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For publishers Lilliput and Liberties, independence is all

For publishers Lilliput and Liberties, independence is all | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
With these two small Dublin publishers and cultural centres, putting roots down in their communities and taking risks on new writers marks them out in a risk-averse industry
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NPR Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

NPR Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
    • The nomadic Irish poet Desmond O'Grady, who had a bit part in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, has died, The Irish Times reports. O'Grady lived much of his life abroad, in Paris, Italy (where he met Fellini), the U.S. and Egypt. He told an interviewer: "James Joyce left. So I too had to." Irish President Michael D. Higgins said in a tribute, "From wherever he was writing, be it Cairo or Kinsale, his work invoked a sense of what was Irish in both heritage and contemporary life." In his poem "The Spaniard Inn," O'Grady wrote, "It took me forty years of world wander / before I shipped in here and dropped anchor. / Some voice amid life whispers where to scuttle."
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'Shooting Snipe on Parnell Street' by John Liddy

From the house on Janesboro height My father recalled hearing hunters shooting For snipe in fields around Parnell Street.

He could see the river beyond through gaps In the city landscape and noted several Species of fowl nesting in the creeks.

I used to think about this walking south Passed the new estates and one night I saw a fox with a field-bird in its mouth

Crossing the street between honking cars And shouts from late night revellers Before disappearing off one of the lanes

Where I could make out a hunter’s shadow Skulking in pursuit to retrieve his prey, Crossing what was once a flowing meadow.

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Tracing a tragic life in New York - Irish Examiner

Tracing a tragic life in New York - Irish Examiner | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Tracing a tragic life in New York
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The story, although I didn't realise it at the time, was by Maeve Brennan.
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Patrick Deeley wins the inaugural Dermot Healy International Poetry Award

Patrick Deeley wins the inaugural Dermot Healy International Poetry Award | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Vixen

 

She is the one washed across the River Dodder,

fur plastered to her skin and on her face

a rictus grin, the one yet making her rounds

unfazed by thump or roar of motorcycle

or by ambulance’s blue flickering hullaballo, its

red tinging, and she perpetuates the one 

leaping through a net-wire henhouse window

fifty years ago, the cub my neighbour fed

from a trough after he had killed her mother,

the cuddlesome one soon to tune in

to her own feral nature; she absconds, vagabond

at home among the urban – the long

rout of foxes gone before seems to become her,

those dug out, those poisoned or shot

or mangled by hounds, those broken

under the wheels of cars; survivor, the glisten

of health attends her, the youthful lustre

she won’t outwear, being too wild, too crossed

with the cricks and crimps of her kin;

she’s a fire, an aura, a lollop along the back lane

from dustbin to doorstep, a den dweller,

my first Galway Blazer, my townland namer,

and it’s as if the stars have fashioned

a pelt for her, the frosts a carry, the hills a cover;

as darkness deepens she comes brushed

with heather smell, harebell, stone-quarry dust,

comes maybe to shake loose her shrieky

mating ochoons or the chalk of cemetery bones –

this numinous one representing all, this

watcher whom I suddenly want to get next to

as though she were the burning down of my years

so lightly here and gone as I take the air 

in midsummer, in a midnight suburb of Dublin.

 

 

 

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Renowned poet O’Grady dies

Renowned poet O’Grady dies | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The internationally renowned Limerick-born poet Desmond O’Grady has passed away after suffering a heart attack.
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Poet Desmond O’Grady dies, aged 78

Poet Desmond O’Grady dies, aged 78 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
President Michael D Higgins leads tributes to Limerick-born Aosdána member
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BBC London bombings drama will be adapted for the small screen by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness

BBC London bombings drama  will be adapted for the small screen by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Emily Watson for BBC London bombings drama
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It will be adapted for the small screen by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness.
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First Irish language play at DTF since 1967

First Irish language play at DTF since 1967 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Singer and actor Clíona Ní Chiosáin plays the role of Réiltín in the production of the same name at this year's Dublin Theatre Festival.
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Poem: The Distance - by Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin

Poem: The Distance - by Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Giant passed by when Seamus Heaney died - by Thomas McCarthy

Giant passed by when Seamus Heaney died - by Thomas McCarthy | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
It is too early, yet, to think about the literary meaning of the unexpected passing of poet Seamus Heaney nearly a year ago says Thomas McCarthy.
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Eimear McBride and the art of experimental fiction - Newstalk 106-108 fm

Eimear McBride and the art of experimental fiction - Newstalk 106-108 fm | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Newstalk 106-108 fm Eimear McBride and the art of experimental fiction Newstalk 106-108 fm The novel deals with the life of the unnamed narrator and is coursing with emotion throughout, providing a realistic caricature of 1980's rural Ireland,...
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