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EXTRACT: THE TEMPORARY GENTLEMAN Sebastian Barry

It's a beautiful night and no mistake. You would never think there was a war somewhere.'

These less than prophetic words were spoken by a young navy second lieutenant, on the wide, night-bedarkened deck of our supply ship, bound for Accra. He was a tubby little man, whom the day's sun had scorched red. Happy to hear an Irish accent I asked him where he was from and he said, with that special enthusiasm Irish people reserve for each other when they accidentally meet abroad, Don­egal. We talked then about Bundoran in the summer, where my father had often brought his band. It was a pleasure to shoot the breeze with him for a few moments as the engines growled on, deep below.


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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 based in Sligo. He has published six books of poetry and fiction. 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...”. His recent collection of stories was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

 

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Trinity Graduate Sinéad Morrissey wins prestigious Forward Prize for Poetry

Trinity Graduate Sinéad Morrissey wins prestigious Forward Prize for Poetry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sinéad Morrissey beat off competition from fellow Irish poet and Trinity graduate Michael Longley.
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Sinéad Morrissey wins £10,000 Forward poetry prize

Sinéad Morrissey wins £10,000 Forward poetry prize | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Armagh poet wins Best Collection prize for ‘On Balance’. Ocean Vuong and Ian Patterson also honoured
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Seamus Heaney landscape to have motorway built through it after Court of Appeal loss 

Seamus Heaney landscape to have motorway built through it after Court of Appeal loss  | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The childhood home and land which inspired Seamus Heaney is to see a motorway built through it in a project made possible by DUP Brexit money.
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'It seems mad now, but when I started writing I had a baby on my knee ... I made it work' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

'It seems mad now, but when I started writing I had a baby on my knee ... I made it work' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
When Newtownards mum Kelly Creighton gave up a job in the health service to care for her autistic daughter she had no idea the time spent at home would help her fulfil a childhood dream
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Francis MacManus Short Story Competition winners announced

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition winners announced | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Colin Walsh has been announced as the overall winner of the RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Annual Short Story Competition for 2017.
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Irish State neglects its writers but exploits their fame

Irish State neglects its writers but exploits their fame | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Government uses Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and Heaney as its calling cards while doing little to bolster their memory or preserve the places they portray
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Second Mother | Sinéad Gleeson | Granta Magazine

Second Mother | Sinéad Gleeson | Granta Magazine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sinéad Gleeson on Alzheimer's disease. ‘Anchored in the dark, the weight of all that water. Memory punctured, slowly deflating, sinking.’
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Literature Ireland | The Literature Ireland Translation Grant Programme

Literature Ireland | The Literature Ireland Translation Grant Programme | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Literature Ireland's translation grant programme allows international publishers to apply for a contribution towards the cost of the translator of a work of Irish literature* from English or Irish into another language.
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JP Donleavy 1926-2017: A life in pictures

JP Donleavy 1926-2017: A life in pictures | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Books & Literature News, Reviews, Articles and More from The Irish Times, the Definitive Brand of Quality News in Ireland.
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Reading Irish Poetry Series: From Yeats until 1960 with Harry Clifton

Reading Irish Poetry Series: From Yeats until 1960 with Harry Clifton | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Harry Clifton's series on reading modern poetry at the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin, continues with the lifework of Yeats and its effect on those after him.
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JP Donleavy, the artist: mad planets and strange fish

JP Donleavy, the artist: mad planets and strange fish | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Painting was his first love, and the author allegedly wrote The Ginger Man in a pique after his work received a lukewarm reception
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Acclaimed author JP Donleavy dies at 91 - Independent.ie

Acclaimed author JP Donleavy dies at 91 - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Acclaimed author JP Donleavy has died at 91.
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From abortion to infidelity: how Maeve Binchy chronicled Ireland

From abortion to infidelity: how Maeve Binchy chronicled Ireland | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Rage drove the women in many stories by Binchy, whose writing was of huge social significance
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The Hook and the Needle by Sinead Morrissey

The Hook and the Needle by Sinead Morrissey | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
As part of Liverpool Presents Sgt Pepper at 50, a new Beatles poem by Sinéad Morrissey
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Sinead Morrissey wins Forward Prize

Sinead Morrissey wins Forward Prize | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Previous winners of one of poetry's most prestigious prizes include Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy.
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Kit de Waal pens 'sweeping love story' for second novel | The Bookseller

Kit de Waal pens 'sweeping love story' for second novel | The Bookseller | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Viking is publishing a second novel from Kit de Waal in spring 2018.
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Shining morning faces..and First Pressings (5). The Interpreter’s House, and Martin Malone

Shining morning faces..and First Pressings (5). The Interpreter’s House, and Martin Malone | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
It's that time again. The back to school time again. As a teacher I really, genuinely used to love it. I know times have changed, terribly, and that I wouldn't last two minutes in a school nowadays. It would be a toss up between which came first...walking out or being sacked. But the past was…
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Spinning Heart – Gaiety Theatre – Review

Spinning Heart – Gaiety Theatre – Review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Spinning Heart - Gaiety Theatre - Review 19 September 2017 - 23 September 2017 When Donal Ryan first published ‘The Spinning Heart’ in 2012, he was an unknown writer. The novel was published by Lilliput Press, a small publisher who is known to develop new writers. Since that time, he has published three other books.…
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Irish poet McGovern to visit US

Irish poet McGovern to visit US | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
     Irish poet and physicist Iggy McGovern will visit the US in October and is scheduled to read at  The Writer's Center in Bethesda-
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Eimear McBride on Edna O’Brien’s ‘rigorous, beautiful’ The Country Girls

Eimear McBride on Edna O’Brien’s ‘rigorous, beautiful’ The Country Girls | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
This famous, infamous, beloved and influential novel didn’t break the mould. It made it
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New York Times: J.P. Donleavy, Acclaimed Author of ‘The Ginger Man,’ Dies at 91

New York Times: J.P. Donleavy, Acclaimed Author of ‘The Ginger Man,’ Dies at 91 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Mr. Donleavy’s first novel, which he called a celebration of “resolutely careless mayhem,” provoked controversy but came to be regarded as a classic.
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Acclaimed author JP Donleavy dies aged 91

Acclaimed author JP Donleavy dies aged 91 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The death has taken place of acclaimed author JP Donleavy, best known for cult classic The Ginger Man.
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The Guardian - JP Donleavy obituary

The Guardian - JP Donleavy obituary | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Witty and inventive author who made his name with the multimillion-selling ‘comic triumph’ The Ginger Man
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LRB · Anne Enright Statistics of  being a woman writer in Ireland

LRB · Anne Enright Statistics of  being a woman writer in Ireland | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In 2015, the novelist Catherine Nichols sent the opening pages of the book she was working on to fifty literary agents. She got so little response she decided to shift gender and try as ‘George’ instead. The difference amazed her. ‘A third of the agents who saw his query wanted to . . .
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