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Review: The Architect’s Dream of Winter by Billy Ramsel

Review: The Architect’s Dream of Winter by Billy Ramsel | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Billy Ramsell’s second collection has been six years in the making. The poet’s methodical approach is reflected in a book that feels thematically coherent from the outset; almost like a concept album. There’s an allegorical beast lurking beneath the surface of this collection, a beast made of wires and cables and QR codes we read without realizing. It rears its head occasionally to remind us of its presence, but for the most part we’re lost in the surface language, lulled by its musical rhythms and surprisingly delicate imagery. This is an immersive collection, one that teaches you its language before ejecting you, leaving you with a heightened awareness (or perhaps suspicion) of the world in which we live.


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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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Podcast of September 2015 issue of POETRY- The editors discuss new poems by Michelle O'Sullivan, Billy Ramsell, and Victoria Kennefick; plus a discussion with Patrick Cotter on contemporary Irish p...

Podcast of September 2015 issue of POETRY- The editors discuss new poems by Michelle O'Sullivan, Billy Ramsell, and Victoria Kennefick; plus a discussion with Patrick Cotter on contemporary Irish p... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The editors discuss new poems by Michelle O'Sullivan, Billy Ramsell, and Victoria Kennefick; plus a discussion with Patrick Cotter on contemporary Irish poetry.
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Sydney Morning Herald: The Blue Guitar review: John Banville generates deep aesthetic satisfaction

Sydney Morning Herald: The Blue Guitar review: John Banville generates deep aesthetic satisfaction | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
John Banville is the most accomplished stylist writing in English and his new, superb novel, The Blue Guitar, is deliberately and exhilaratingly ambiguous.
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Book review: The Blue Guitar by John Banville

Book review: The Blue Guitar by John Banville | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A wonderfully unreliable narrator dominates John Banville’s elegant novel of tangled infidelity, finds Allan Massie
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The Blue Guitar by John Banville review – a tale of art, theft and adultery

The Blue Guitar by John Banville review – a tale of art, theft and adultery | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A lapsed painter wonders where it all went wrong in the latest novel from the Man Booker winner
Novels with plots that are slight or familiar-seeming tend to compensate by pumping up the idiosyncrasy of the narrative voice.
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We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris review – an assured debut

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris review – an assured debut | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The denizens of Caerphilly bounce from one crisis to the next in an entertaining collection of short stories
Caerphilly is itself a character in Thomas Morris’s debut collection of stories: its castle, shopping centre and Big Cheese fair.
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Childrens Laureate | Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer and Children’s Books Ireland bring children’s books extravaganza to Electric Picnic

Childrens Laureate | Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer and Children’s Books Ireland bring children’s books extravaganza to Electric Picnic | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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ConnotationPress.com - Adrian Rice - Poetry

Adrian Rice was born in Belfast in 1958. In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious US/Ireland Exchange Residency Bursary, which led eventually to a Writer-in-Residency stint at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina, in 2005. Adrian and...
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Dancing at Lughnasa – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Dancing at Lughnasa – Lyric Theatre, Belfast | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Director: Annabelle Comyn Writer: Brian Friel Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey In Dancing at Lughnasa Michael Evans (Charlie Bonner) reflects back on his childhood, sharing with the events of one summer in 1936.
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I embraced Henry James’s fight against complacency | Colm Toíbín

I embraced Henry James’s fight against complacency | Colm Toíbín | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The complexities of The Ambassadors made me see that there’s no need to settle for anything small On 23 January 1895, after his play Guy Domville had failed on the London stage, Henry James, in his early 50s, wrote in his Notebook: “I take up my...
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‘There’s a feeling of: it’s okay to have sex, but not too much sex’

‘There’s a feeling of: it’s okay to have sex, but not too much sex’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Louise O’Neill’s second novel is inspired by victim-blaming after assaults at US high schools
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Declan Kiberd on his star pupil Joseph O’Connor: laureate of a lost generation

Declan Kiberd on his star pupil Joseph O’Connor: laureate of a lost generation | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
There is a secret world of male and female hurt which Joe understands and articulates better than most – and it reminds us not only of the need to laugh adversity off but also that every joke is an epitaph on an emotion
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Short Story: On Cosmology, by Róisín O’Donell

Short Story: On Cosmology, by Róisín O’Donell | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Hennessy New Irish Writing – August’s winning story: A lecturer in astrophysics wonders about the ‘gooey, alien-like creature’ which may be growing inside her
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Abbey Talks Series Susan Lynch By the Bog of Cats

Actor Susan Lynch talks to Lisa Farrelly about her character Hester Swane in Marina Carr's By The Bog of Cats, creative fulfillment and the collective experience of theatre.
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The Blue Guitar by John Banville | The Times

The Blue Guitar by John Banville | The Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Booker prize-winner loves life’s big questions but this tome, about a painter, adulterer and thief, provides no answers
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New Banville novel The Blue Guitar due September

New Banville novel The Blue Guitar due September | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Wexford-born writer John Banville - who won the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for his novel The Sea - will release his his sixteenth novel, The Blue Guitar, this September.
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Beneath the Earth by John Boyne review – stories of insight and beauty

Beneath the Earth by John Boyne review – stories of insight and beauty | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
John Boyne confirms his place as one of Ireland’s rising literary stars with this bittersweet collection of stories The Irish writer John Boyne’s first collection of short stories is mostly a triumph, barring a couple of insubstantial squibs...
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How Joyce bit the Yeats hand that fed him

How Joyce bit the Yeats hand that fed him | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
W B Yeats's mentoring of the young James Joyce shows our national poet at his most generous.
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The New Yorker: “In the Act of Falling” by Danielle McLaughlin

The New Yorker: “In the Act of Falling” by Danielle McLaughlin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
New fiction: Life is transformed for a family in the wake of Ireland’s financial crisis.
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The Dublin route with John Banville - Financial Times

The Dublin route with John Banville - Financial Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Isn’t it extraordinary to think that this ghastly little street is called Golden Lane?
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First and last Heaney portraits hang side by side - the Irish News

First and last Heaney portraits hang side by side - the Irish News | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
THE first and last portraits of internationally celebrated poet Seamus Heaney have been displayed together to mark the second anniversary of his death.
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Poetry: Monasteraden microclimate - Irish Times

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Irish Times Poetry: Monasteraden microclimate Irish Times Corporate and White-Collar Crime in Ireland review: weapons of choice are 'spreadsheets and meetings' · Éilís Ní Dhuibhne reviews Latest Readings by Clive James · Julian Gough reviews...
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Niall MacMonagle on his Irish poetry anthology Windharp: my bunch of flowers

Niall MacMonagle on his Irish poetry anthology Windharp:  my bunch of flowers | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
I hope this collection captures something of the country’s people and beliefs, its landscape, passions and politics since 1916. It’s my best attempt to create a One Country One Book poetry collection
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Van Morrison-A punk before punk was a twinkle in its eye-linered eye,’ says poet Paul Muldoon

Van Morrison-A punk before punk was a twinkle in its eye-linered eye,’ says poet Paul Muldoon | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A punk before punk was a twinkle in its eye-linered eye,’ says poet Paul Muldoo
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