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The Love Object by Edna O'Brien – review

The Love Object by Edna O'Brien – review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Every one of these stories on the theme of love shows Edna O'Brien as a master of her craft, writes Lucy Scholes
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Deeley finds fertile ground where humans engage with nature

Deeley finds fertile ground where humans engage with nature | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Poetry
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Holy writ

Video: Paul Laity argues that Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary should win this year's Man Booker prizePaul LaityCameron Robertson
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Novelist Colum McCann on early mornings and kaleidoscopic stories - PW-Philadelphia Weekly (blog)

Novelist Colum McCann on early mornings and kaleidoscopic stories - PW-Philadelphia Weekly (blog) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Novelist Colum McCann on early mornings and kaleidoscopic stories
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It makes sense that Colum McCann would say, “Sometimes reality trumps fiction.” After all, the Irish author relies largely on history for his novels.
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Seeking Mr Hare, by Maurice Leitch

Seeking Mr Hare, by Maurice Leitch | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Imagining the fate of an Irish bodysnatcher allows Leitch to explore the feral side of human nature
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Making love to the sound of ‘Sunday Miscellany’ by Michael Harding

Making love to the sound of ‘Sunday Miscellany’ by Michael Harding | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Maybe that’s why so many people enjoy the radio show: so they can make love to the sound of poets intoning their verses in the distance
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John Montague: Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises: Polite Conversation, Directions to Servants and Other Works, by Jonathan Swift

John Montague: Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises: Polite Conversation, Directions to Servants and Other Works, by Jonathan Swift | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A Swift mind buzzing with excruciating puns, hoary hoaxes and brilliant bagatelles
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Eden by Eugene O'Brien

Eden by Eugene O'Brien | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A bleak view of manhood and marriage in an Irish town in which everyone is either locked or lost
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Poet McBreen shares Irish luck, legacy and literature - The Samford Crimson

On Monday, Oct. 7, Irish poet Joan McBreen visited Samford’s campus as part of the BACHE Visiting Writers Series. McBreen dedicated the reading to Seamus Heaney, another renowned Irish poet who died suddenly in August.

McBreen has been writing poetry for decades, publishing her first collection, “The Wind Beyond the Wall,” in 1990.

Since then she has published three more collections and coedited two anthologies. Her most recent collection, titled “Heather Island,” was reprinted in 2013.

Born in Sligo, Ireland, McBreen fills her poems with magnificent vistas and everyday details of her home country, as well as stories from her own life and family. Her heritage impacts her writing.

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A vibrant, raucous joy: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, review - Telegraph

A vibrant, raucous joy: The Commitments, Palace Theatre, review - Telegraph | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Roddy Doyle's stage version of The Commitments at the Palace Theatre is a vibrant, raucous joy, says Charles Spencer
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Echo's Grove - Derek Mahon: New Titles 2013 | The Gallery Press

Echo's Grove - Derek Mahon: New Titles 2013 | The Gallery Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Echo’s Grove comprises a wide range of poems, ancient and modern, translated or ‘adapted’ from their languages of origin. Many have appeared in previous publications by Derek Mahon, Adaptations (2006) and Raw Material (2011) — to which are now added, among others, new poems based on Ovid, Corbière, Laforgue and ‘Gopal Singh’, the author’s own invention. The Propertius, T’ang, trobairitz and Nerval sequences are here, together with ‘The Seaside Cemetery’, a much admired version of Valéry’s ‘Le Cimetière marin’; and choruses from the plays.

These versions take many liberties in the hope that they will read almost like original poems in English, allowing their sources to remain audible.

- See more at: http://www.gallerypress.com/new-titles-2013/#!/~/product/category=4581476&id=28033820

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Jenni Doherty wins the inaugural Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary Award for 2013.

Jenni Doherty wins the inaugural Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary Award for 2013. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Poet Jenni Doherty can add another string to her literary bow this week, having just won the Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary Award for 2013.
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Poems by Denise Blake

Poems by Denise Blake | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Ultrasound

 
A hand rests at your forehead
as if pondering a deep problem.
Your arm hides the strong heartbeat
but it is there, quietly reassuring.
A bent knee that will soon straighten
and kick out. Imaging your world,
the place of safety for ten more weeks.

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Tóibín’s Booker-listed novel throws down a gauntlet to our method of reasoning

Tóibín’s Booker-listed novel throws down  a gauntlet to our method of reasoning | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Opinion: We have ceased to treat seriously the great questions of existence
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Niamh Boyce interview with Fiona Bolger, author of The Geometry of Love Between The Elements

Niamh Boyce interview with Fiona Bolger, author of  The Geometry of Love Between The Elements | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Today I'm talking to Fiona Bolger, author of  The Geometry of Love Between The Elements, the first Grimoire, from her publisher The Poetry Bus. Bolger's poetry is both exacting and sensual, I particularly loved the thematic coherence -  how geometry, love and the elements fit and flow between the covers - which leads to my first question...  

Welcome to the blog Fiona. The first thing that struck me about The Geometry of Love Between The Elements was how coherent it feels as a collection. Were the poems written very much as a collection, with the themes in mind, from start to finish?


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Stories you would not find in Ireland's Own - Galway Advertiser

Stories you would not find in Ireland's Own - Galway Advertiser | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Stories you would not find in Ireland's Own
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First Book Of Frags (Wurm Press) is Dave Lordan's first collection of short fiction.
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Poetry as the Heard Word | BU Today | Boston University

Poetry as the Heard Word | BU Today | Boston University | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Does hearing a poem change its meaning?

 

Three days after the Boston Marathon bombings last April, a grieving campus and city largely ignored a BU poetry reading by Pulitzer winner Paul Muldoon. Simon Mendes did attend, and he listened as Muldoon read “Comeback,” his poem about a rock band, its stanzas punctuated by a music-style chorus. Muldoon began:

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October Poem of the Month: Slow Set by Ciaran Berry

October Poem of the Month: Slow Set by Ciaran Berry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Slow Set
I want to wear, again, stonewashed denim and snatch
a tenner from my mother’s leather purse. I want to take
the bus to the next town, my stomach full of elephant hawk moths.
Let the boy beside me be drunk on rum and coke
and Angus Young.
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A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Unique, fearless, compelling
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Mount Merrion, by Justin Quinn

Mount Merrion, by Justin Quinn | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A sound saga of a south Dublin suburb

 

Mount Merrion has always regarded itself as a somewhat special suburb of Dublin. Its leafy, low-density layout and to an extent the mindset of its citizenry reflect the languor and grandeur of Viscount Fitzwilliam’s 1711 Mount Merrion House and lands, on which the modern suburb is laid out.

That history is very much alive, and to this day the area is known to insiders as the demesne.

The avenue to the old house ran magnificently from the coast road at Blackrock right up to The Rise, where St Thérèse’s Church and the community centre now stand. That avenue is nowadays transected by the N11, which acts as a boundary dividing the original Fitzwilliam lands.

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World Poetry Portfolio #63: Dave Lordan |

World Poetry Portfolio #63: Dave Lordan | | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

World Poetry Portfolio, edited by Sudeep Sen in association with ATLAS Magazine

Dave Lordan is the first writer to win Ireland’s three national prizes for young poets. He is a former holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award and previous winner of both the Patrick Kavanagh and Strong Awards for poetry. He has won wide acclaim for his writing and is a renowned performer of his own work, with the Irish Times calling him ‘as brilliant on the page as he is in performance’. He has read his work by invitation at festivals and venues across Europe and North America. His collections are the The Boy in The Ring (2007) and Invitation to a Sacrifice(2010), both published by Salmon Poetry. 

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Who can now be considered Ireland's leading poets in the aftermath of Seamus Heaney's passing? Five contemporary Irish poets everyone should read

Who can now be considered Ireland's leading poets in the aftermath of Seamus Heaney's passing? Five contemporary Irish poets everyone should read | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Originally published in RÍ- Rá, the entertainment supplement of The Irish Post, Saturday 28th September, 2013.  There was a sunlit absence.                                    Seamus Heaney, ‘Mossba...
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A Mystic Dream of 4 by Iggy McGovern – Poet and Physicist | Poetry and Physics

A Mystic Dream of 4 by Iggy McGovern – Poet and Physicist | Poetry and Physics | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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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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Programme. Isla Literary Festival 2013. Instituto Cervantes Dublin

Programme. Isla Literary Festival 2013. Instituto Cervantes Dublin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Official opening speech by Irish writer John Banville

Remembering Seamus Heaney: Reading of sonnets by actor Tom Hickey

5pm - 6.15pm

Poetry as a Calling: Profession or Possession?Chaired by: Lorna Shaughnessy (NUI Galway)AuthorsRené Vázquez Díaz (Cuba)Daniel Freidemberg (Argentina)Tomás Mac Síomóin (Ireland).
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