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It’s Complicated: Me and James Joyce in the Age of Facebook by Julian Gough

It’s Complicated: Me and James Joyce in the Age of Facebook by Julian Gough | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

...And then they started putting bronze plaques on the pavements, and on the walls, to tell you where James Joyce’s characters in Ulysses had eaten their breakfast, or bought a bar of soap, or taken a piss. Walking around Dublin became an involuntary pilgrimage to all these holy sites. Bloomsday itself was like doing the Stations of the Cross, but with a big fry-up at the end of it.

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Father's Day - From Emma Donohue to Denis Donohue: ‘let’s share a cynical roll of the eye’

Father's Day - From Emma Donohue to Denis Donohue: ‘let’s share a cynical roll of the eye’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Dear Denis,

We (your eight children) used to make fun of you for remembering WB Yeats’s or James Joyce’s birthdays more easily than ours. But now I am a parent and a writer too, I can sympathise. When I dash off to meet my kids at the school bus stop at the all-too-soon end of my working day, my head is often so full of my fictional creations that I have difficulty focusing on any aspect of real life.

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John McAuliffe enjoys the music in Conor O’Callaghan’s new poetry collection

John McAuliffe enjoys the music in Conor O’Callaghan’s new poetry collection | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The first poem, Lordship, in Conor O’Callaghan’s new collection, The Sun King (Gallery Press, €18.50/ €11.95), begins in a coastal writing retreat, then shifts to a novel that the protagonist is supposedly writing, before segueing into a feverishly imagined depiction of a London affair.

The three intertwined stories might be material enough for a novel, but they are vividly, memorably brought to life in the three pages of Lordship. O’Callaghan’s lines sing, compressing stories into images, so that ordinary details crystallise and are magicked into mysterious flares of significance, as in “the antique Nokia on the butcher’s block in the bathroom”, which “vibrates at all hours like tropical wildlife”.

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Publication of James Joyce collection divides scholars

Publication of James Joyce collection divides scholars | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
No evidence Joyce envisaged Finn’s Hotel pieces as a separate publication, says scholar
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Wales Arts Review Bloomsday Issue

Wales Arts Review Bloomsday Issue | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

This issue also sees Wales Arts Review celebrate one of the most exciting days in the international cultural calendar: Bloomsday. We have commissioned a series of articles on many different aspects of James Joyce.  Nuala Ní Chonchúir discusses Joyce’s relationship with his mother, May Murray, and his wife, Nora, while also taking a look at the phenomenon of Bloomsday itself.Martina Evans precedes her major new poem, ‘Toasted Cheese’, with an examination of its principal influence: the Lestrygonians episode of Ulysses. In ‘Ulysses: The Deep and Vivid Words of Joyce’, Chris Cornwell explores the exotic language of Ulyssesand the connections and separations of personal and communal language. Lane Ashfeldt looks at Ulysses Seen, Rob Berry’s continuing graphic novelisation of Joyce’s masterwork. In ‘Epiphanies’, John Lavin examines the concept of the epiphany and how it is put to use in Joyce’s short fiction masterpiece, ‘The Dead’.

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IRISH INDEPENDENT - REVIEW By Pat Boran of TOWN & COUNTRY

IRISH INDEPENDENT - REVIEW By Pat Boran of  TOWN & COUNTRY | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Exploration of our changing landscape is, in short, compelling 08 June 2013, Pat Boran, Irish Independent Few anthologies of new writing can be read as simply a 'gathering of flowers', as the original Greek might suggest. In Ireland, perhaps more than elsewhere, a new collection of stories is expected to be more than the sum of its parts, and must somehow describe the present state of the nation and perhaps of Irishness itself. If editor Kevin Barry's introduction is a somewhat perfunctory one from a writer who can usually be relied upon to engage, his claim for a genre "pulsing with great, mad and rude new energies" is for the most part borne out by this selection of well known and emerging names. 
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GRAPH Magazine Returns Online

GRAPH Magazine Returns Online | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Graph Magazine is an online magazine devoted to literature, culture, commentary and all manner of engagements and interventions. It is edited by Peter Sirr, Michael Cronin and Barra O Seaghdha, who edited the original print magazine Graph in Dublin from  1986 to 1998 (funded by Arts Council of Ireland).
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Real life teen inspires top class fiction

Real life teen inspires top class fiction | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A STORY that caught the national imagination when a gifted African-born student studying in Balbriggan faced deportation as he was about to sit his Leaving Certificate was the spark tha
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In Memory of James Joyce by Gerald Dawe

In Memory of James Joyce by Gerald Dawe | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In Memory of James Joyce

Just thought I’d drop you a line
given the fact that I happened to be walking
the same streets as you once did.
It was, of course, raining,

and down by Nuns’ Island the houses faded
to a faint pointillist light.
At the derelict mill up-for-sale,
schoolgirls in greys and blacks...

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Dedalus Poem of the Month: Muezzin's Prayer by Grace Wells

Muezzin's Prayer
Grace Wells


Crossing the Suir at Ferryhouse,
passing the frosted orchards,
a sound in the throat rises—
resonating voice of the land.

Passing the red acacia, this ululation
sweetens to a note. Passing the holly
red with berries, passing the hotel entrance,
aware they hear me...

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Thursday Tasters #1 | An Audio Extract From Theo Dorgan's Making Way

Thursday Tasters #1 | An Audio Extract From Theo Dorgan's Making Way | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Some time ago, we had the idea that it might be nice to share a little audio with you once a week. A short reading from one of our new, classic or forthcoming books. We've been talking about it in ...
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Athair (Father) - Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Athair (Father) by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Produced as part of a series of six short irish language poetry films for TG4 in 2008 called Nead an Dreoilín (The Wr...
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RTÉ Radio Player - Arena with Kevin Barry IMPAC Winner

RTÉ Radio Player - Arena with Kevin Barry IMPAC Winner | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
RTÉ Radio Player
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James Joyce's 'last undiscovered' collection to be published

James Joyce's 'last undiscovered' collection to be published | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Alison Flood: Ten 'epiclets' written after Ulysses in 1923, have been published together for the first time, causing a rift among scholars as to how they fit in to the Joyce canon
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Deirdre Madden on space and time

Deirdre Madden on space and time | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Deirdre Madden’s new novel is about a slippery subject. But it’s far from being weird, obscure or overly philosophical
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Red Sky in Morning, by Paul Lynch

Red Sky in Morning, by Paul Lynch | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
An intriguing debut novel reflects its author’s past as a film critic, as well as showing off his love of language
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Otherworldly hush descends for Seamus Heaney’s readings in Paris

Otherworldly hush descends for Seamus Heaney’s readings in Paris | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish poet’s 90-minute performance the highlight of month-long Marché de la Poésie festival

 

Irish, Americans, British and French . . . some braved rain and a rail strike to queue outside the Irish College for up to two hours for Seamus Heaney’s reading last night. It was the high point of the month-long Marché de la Poésie festival, where Ireland is the guest of honour, and a key event in Culture Connects, the programme organised by Dublin to mark its presidency of the EU.

It was also the birthday of William Butler Yeats. Thirteen is a lucky number for Irish Nobel laureates: Heaney and Samuel Beckett share April 13th as their birth date.

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:51 AM

There is an ongoing cultural programme @ Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris

details here:

 

http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/modules/movie/scenes/home/index.php?fuseAction=historique&FUSEBOX_LANG=2

 

for example, The Gloaming will perform there on June 21

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Bróga Johnny Thomáis, by Jackie Mac Donncha

Bróga Johnny Thomáis, by Jackie Mac Donncha | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Bróga Johnny Thomáis is a collection of short stories that reflect the soul’s seasons in all their colours. The title story is a poignant look at a lost soul in London. It is to Mac Donncha’s great credit that, in his hands, the subject matter, the Irish emigrant, is neither tired nor trite. He conveys Johnny’s sense of loss and despair while ensuring he is a human character rather than a literary trope. He skewers the casual racism of Johnny’s supposedly kindly landlady: “ ‘Why
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Bloomsday goes global with a round the world reading

Bloomsday goes global with a round the world reading | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
‘Ulysses’ will for the first time be read around the world this Sunday
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Elaine Murphy: Following up a gem of a play on the national stage

Elaine Murphy: Following up a gem of a  play on the national stage | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Elaine Murphy’s ‘Little Gem’ was a slow-burning success, and now her second play, ‘Shush’, is set to premiere on the Abbey’s main stage
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Michael Murphy Memorial Prize Shortlist

Michael Murphy Memorial Prize Shortlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Congratulations to Michelle O’Sullivan on being shortlisted for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize for her first collection The Blue End of Stars.

The shortlist for the 2013 prize was announced on 3 June.

The shortlisted books are:

James Brookes, SINS OF THE LEOPARD (Salt)
Oli Hazzard, BETWEEN TWO WINDOWS (Carcanet)
Judith Jedamus, THE SWERVE (Carcanet)
William Letford, BEVEL (Carcanet)
Alistair Noon, EARTH RECORDS (Nine Arches)
Michelle O’Sullivan, THE BLUE END OF THE STARS (The Gallery Press)
Maria Taylor, MELANCHRINI (Nine Arches)
Ahren Warner, CONFER (Bloodaxe)

- See more at: http://www.gallerypress.com/2013/06/04/michael-murphy-memorial-prize-shortlist/#sthash.I9IiE0lj.dpuf

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Thursday Tasters #2 | Audio Extract From Break A Leg by Peter Sheridan

Thursday Tasters #2 | Audio Extract From Break A Leg by Peter Sheridan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Thursday Taster #2 come from Peter Sheridan's memoir, Break A Leg which we published in december 012 to great acclaim. Peter has since been touring a one-man show based on the memoir to even greate...
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RTE Arena: Book Review - Theo Dorgan's 'Making Way'

RTE Arena: Book Review - Theo Dorgan's 'Making Way' | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Eibhear Walshe reviews Theo Dorgan's 'Making Way' which is about an aging music executive and a young irish woman who meet in Sicily. The Publishers are New Island.
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Gynocrats, Pimm’s, war and PJ Harvey: the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas

Gynocrats, Pimm’s, war and PJ Harvey: the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas had many big names and big ideas but the true star was the big house itself
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The Spoken Word, Irish Poets and Writers - audio book

The Spoken Word, the British Library’s admirable series of compact discs of historic literary recordings of lectures, readings and discussions from the archives of the BBC, audibly reduces icons to curios on an ordinary human scale. The latest discs, Irish Poets and Writers, take one back, as though by time machine, to Irish culture in the first half and middle of the 20th century, when Irishry was more intensely Irish than now, and regional accents were more distinctly differentiated. Since then, international and internal influences, most notably television, have had a homogenising effect, and have made the literary arts generally, alas, seem less important.

On this adventure in nationalistic nostalgia, one can listen to the recorded voices of Frank O’Connor, W.B. Yeats, Sean O’Faolain, Patrick Kavanagh, Eavan Boland, George Bernard Shaw, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, Brendan Behan, Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Lavin, Liam O’Flaherty and Edna O’Brien. Some of them are easier to appreciate when their words are displayed only in writing; however, all of them aloud reveal aspects of their personalities that may have been previously less fully understood, ranging from modest to boisterous and even somewhat bombastic. Listeners may find it entertaining to decide which are which.

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