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The Thing About December by Donal Ryan – review by Sebastian Barry

The Thing About December by Donal Ryan – review by Sebastian Barry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Ryan finds darkness and wit in a tale of rural Irish life, writes Sebastian Barry
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Sorrow by Aubrey Thomas De Vere born Two Hundred Years Ago Today

Sorrow by Aubrey Thomas De Vere born Two Hundred Years Ago Today | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sorrow Aubrey Thomas De Vere (b. 1814) 
 COUNT each affliction, whether light or grave,God’s messenger sent down to thee; do thouWith courtesy receive him; rise and bow;And, ere his shadow pass thy threshold, cravePermission first his heavenly feet to lave;        5Then lay before him all thou hast. AllowNo cloud of passion to usurp thy brow,Or mar thy hospitality; no waveOf mortal tumult to obliterateThe soul’s marmoreal calmness. Grief should be        10Like joy, majestic, equable, sedate,Confirming, cleansing, raising, making free;Strong to consume small troubles; to commendGreat thoughts, grave thoughts, thoughts lasting to the end.
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▶ Drama On One: Playwrights In Profile - Brian Friel - YouTube

Playwrights in Profile, an 8 week series surveying Irish theatrical talent. We begin the series exploring the extraordinary output for over half a cenutury o...
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Poets Out Loud: Introducing The New Yorker's Poetry Podcast hosted by Paul Muldoon

Poets Out Loud: Introducing The New Yorker's Poetry Podcast hosted by Paul Muldoon | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Paul Muldoon has been The New Yorker’s poetry editor since 2007. He is also the host of the new New Yorker Poetry Podcast. The first episode features Philip Levine, the Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate. Levine reads and discusses with Muldoon a poem by Ellen Bass, as well as one of his own works. Here, Muldoon explains about what he hopes to achieve with this podcast, followed by the first episode in its entirety. You can subscribe to the New Yorker Poetry Podcast in the iTunes store..
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From Amergin’s invocation of Ireland to those who are shaping its future-Review by Billy O'Callaghan | Irish Examiner

From Amergin’s invocation of Ireland to those who are shaping its future-Review by Billy O'Callaghan | Irish Examiner | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Cork Literary Review volume XV
Edited by Eugene O’Connell Bradshaw Books, €22
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Breathless by John MacKenna- Smock Alley Theatre

Breathless by John MacKenna- Smock Alley Theatre | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Orion Productions & Danu Theatre Company Present BREATHLESS By John MacKenna Starring IFTA Award winning actress Ruth McCabe, Sinead O’Riordan, Donna Patrice and Kate Gilmore. Directed by IFTA Award winning writer Iseult Golden.
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Books: Old favourites and new voices in bumper year - Independent.ie

Books: Old favourites and new voices in bumper year - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The turkey has been eaten and the crossword half-done, so now it's time to look forward to the new year. It's a bumper one for books, with big names and new voices battling it out for o
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Downloading ‘The Dead’ – an online journey into Joyce

Downloading ‘The Dead’ – an online journey into Joyce | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A new app of the classic story brings pre-first World War Dublin to life
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Valley of the Peacock Angel, by Martin Malone

Valley of the Peacock Angel, by Martin Malone | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
It is March 16th, 1988, and Cotkar, a 15-year-old Kurdish shepherd, watches from the mountains as chemical weapons rain down on his home town of Halabja. His entire family is killed; badly blistered bodies lie in the streets, while survivors spew green vomit until they too succumb to the poisons. In the midst of this apocalypse he develops an unlikely relationship with an Iraqi soldier, Razak, who is searching for his deserter brother. In the years
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The Thing About December by Donal Ryan – review by Anne Enright

The Thing About December by Donal Ryan – review by Anne Enright | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Donal Ryan's second novel, set in rural Ireland, is an exquisite tale of a man-child's struggle to make sense of a greedy world, writes Anne Enright
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Dedalus Press - Poetry Matters: If Ever You Go chosen as Dublin: One City, One Book title for 2014

Dedalus Press - Poetry Matters: If Ever You Go chosen as Dublin: One City, One Book title for 2014 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Poems by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Poems by Doireann Ní Ghríofa | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Swallows The knitting needles drew melodies from silence as stitches seemed to follow one another like swallows alighting upon a wire, watching the tiny dress of softest yellow wool grow like a sun...
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January 2014 – Poem of the Month by Seán Lysaght | The Gallery Press

January 2014 – Poem of the Month by Seán Lysaght  | The Gallery Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Skylarks in January

 

None since October,
and now there are four
calling across the clouds,
still dragging a grey hawser

that ends in the sea
after weeks in the links
while the waves poured thunder.
It’s an early release

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Ballybeg birthday: Brian Friel turns 85

Ballybeg birthday: Brian Friel turns 85 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
With work of such consistent quality, it is difficult to settle on a single masterpiece: Friel has given us some incredible memories
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A new script for the Irish Writers’ Centre

A new script for the  Irish Writers’ Centre | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The organisation has had a tough few years since losing Arts Council funding in 2009. New director Valerie Bistany is hoping to draw a line under its past and to establish a fresh identity
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Uimhir a Cúig | The Angel Said: Fiction --- John MacKenna

Uimhir a Cúig | The Angel Said: Fiction --- John MacKenna | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
...at first glance, as far removed from Richard Ford and my intoxication with American minimalism as I could imagine and yet… strangely similar – minimalist yes, the landscapes harsh, the narrative...
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Letters Samuel Beckett Volume 3 :: English literature after 1945 :: Cambridge University Press

Letters Samuel Beckett Volume 3 :: English literature after 1945 :: Cambridge University Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Irish Writers in America - Billy Collins & Paul Muldoon - CUNY TV

Irish Writers in America - Billy Collins & Paul Muldoon - CUNY TV | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
This episode of “Irish Writers in America,” a new 13 part series from CUNY TV (City University of New York television station), features interviews with Billy Collins, two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, and Paul Muldoon, Ireland’s best...
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Scholars bring 'The Dead' back to life for 100th anniversary of Joyce classic - Independent.ie

Scholars bring 'The Dead' back to life for 100th anniversary of Joyce classic - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A NEW app to mark the centenary of James Joyce's famous 'Dubliners' collection will bring the evocative story 'The Dead' to life once again.
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Nuala Ni Chonchuir’s Of Dublin and Other Fictions: Review and Interview

Nuala Ni Chonchuir’s Of Dublin and Other Fictions: Review and Interview | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The home of Irish writing online
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Cuthbert and the Otters - new poem by Paul Muldoon In memory of Seamus Heaney | TLS

Notwithstanding the fact that one of them has gnawed a strip of flesh 
from the shoulder of the salmon, 
relieving it of a little darne, 
the fish these six otters would fain 
carry over the sandstone limen 
and into Cuthbert’s cell, a fish garlanded with bay leaves 
and laid out on a linden-flitch 

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Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch – review

What strange being could have produced the most caustic, lucid, perplexing satires in the English language? Jonathan Swift has always both attracted and nettled biographers. Soon after his death in 1745, memoirists were jostling to unpuzzle the private life of this censor of his times. Modern biographers have followed their lead, trying to diagnose his misanthropy. All Swift's satires were written in some invented first person – the clever economist with A Modest Proposal to make the Irish eat their babies, the up‑to-date hack who narrates A Tale of a Tub, gullible Gulliver, tumbling from pride to self-disgust; all were published anonymously. Swift is not "there" in any of them. All the more reason for trying to find the author, whom none of us can quite detach from Gulliver in his final dark enlightenment, realising that he is but a Yahoo: sly, vicious and lecherous.
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