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This House Is Haunted, by John Boyne

This House Is Haunted, by John Boyne | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The Irish author’s highly entertaining ghost story tips its hat to Dickens. 

John Boyne is one of Ireland’s most popular writers. The author of 10 novels, translated into 45 languages, he shot to international fame with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas , which won several prizes and became a successful film.

Like many of his books, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a historical novel. This House Is Haunted may fall into this category, although it is not easy to categorise. Is it for adults or for young people? Is it a parody or a straightforward ghost story? Or simply a work written in homage to Charles Dickens?

The novel is narrated by Eliza Caine, a young schoolteacher and staunch admirer of Dickens. Set in 1867, it opens with a public reading by the great writer, attended by Eliza and her beloved father. Dickens reads a ghost story that terrifies some sensitive members of the audience –

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Hankering after something vanished

Hankering after something vanished | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The thoughtful, ambitious poems in Leanne O’Sullivan’s new collection bring the past to life
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Maybe The Night by Kevin Barry - RTÉ Drama on One

Maybe The Night by Kevin Barry  - RTÉ Drama on One | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Maybe The Night by Kevin Barry

 

Tommy and Dad are after putting down a night of it. Again!

 

Starring Michael Harding and David Pearse.

Dad was played by Michael Harding,

Tommy was played by David Pearse

Dramaturg was Jesper Bergmann

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Ballymun Students Publish New Novel for Reluctant Teen Readers

Ballymun Students Publish New Novel for Reluctant Teen Readers | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In an innovative move that is exactly the type of entrepreneurship we need to be fostering in Ireland, a group of Ballymun secondary school students have published a new novel ‘In Pieces’ for reluctant teen readers.
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Review: Exchange Place, novel by Ciaran Carson

Review: Exchange Place, novel by Ciaran Carson | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
When abroad seeing something for the first time, we tend to revert to memory. The cast of the mind affecting the cast of the eye. On a recent trip to Madrid I found myself negotiating my way through the old barrios of Antón Martín and Lavapiés that unfold close to the Prado Museum, where I had spent the morning. Wandering in unfamiliar territory, I began populating the streets with a cast of characters from remembered Carlos Saura movies and Robert Capa photographs; street hawkers and delivery men hoisting crates of oranges on their backs, the crates held in place by straps across their foreheads. My memory filled in the gaps in my local knowledge, supplanting what I saw and what I failed to see. Meanwhile, the oversized SUVs trundled past.
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One Book, Two Cities Tom Wall: Strumpet City, by James Plunkett

One Book, Two Cities Tom Wall: Strumpet City, by James Plunkett | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Strumpet City was a bestseller when it was first published in 1969. RTE’s dramatisation of the book was possibly the station’s most successful production. Since then it has had many republications, and buoyed by its selection for Dublin City Council’s One City One Book initiative, it is again selling well.

What makes the book and its story so enduringly popular? It has a lot to do with the fact that it is a rollicking good read. The story has a lot going for it. The servant and master relationship it portrays are as alluring to the Downtown Abbey generation as it was to theUpstairs Downstairs one of yesteryear.

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An Béal Bocht - foilsitheoir / publisher Cló Mhaigh Eo

An Béal Bocht - foilsitheoir / publisher Cló Mhaigh Eo | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
First published in 1941, An Beal Bocht is the only of Flann O'Brien's handful of novels written in Irish using the pen name Myles na gCopaleen. The novel was translated into English and published in 1973 as The Poor Mouth and has appeared in many other languages since.
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Storymap: The Apparitions - Kevin Barry

Storymap: The Apparitions - Kevin Barry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Critically Acclaimed author Kevin Barry tells a witty and imaginative tale of a series of apparitions across Dublin, that bring the old writers of the city crashing into the lives of modern Dubliners.
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BBC Radio Ulster - The Book Programme, Reviews of Paul Lynch and Maggie O'Farrell.

BBC Radio Ulster - The Book Programme, Reviews of Paul Lynch and Maggie O'Farrell. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
William Crawley presents a special edition from the UK City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry. William Crawley speaks to Roy Hattersley about his latest book 'The Devonshires' and local authors Brian McGilloway and Claire Allan review new publications from Paul Lynch and Maggie O'Farrell.
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Irish Playwright Deirdre Kinahan on How Her Uncle's Struggle with Dementia Inspired These Halcyon Days

Irish Playwright Deirdre Kinahan on How Her Uncle's Struggle with Dementia Inspired  These Halcyon Days | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Kinahan also discusses the feisty women who brought us into the 21st century and the idea of accepting our own mortality

 

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Deirdre Kinahan is an internationally produced Irish playwright whose well-known works includeHue and Cry and Bogboy. Her most recent play, These Halcyon Days, is currently playing at theIrish Arts Center in New York City.

These Halcyon Days is a sweet and funny story about a friendship that forms between two people who meet while in a nursing home. Though the two have different backgrounds and opposite reactions to their present predicament, Patricia and Sean's bond is real and helps both of them deal with the strain of their last days. TheaterMania spoke with Kinahan about her inspiration for the play's two main characters and why, for her, the story is personal.

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Short-listed Strong/Shine Nominee: Michelle O’Sullivan – Introduction by Seán Lysaght | The Gallery Press

Short-listed Strong/Shine Nominee: Michelle O’Sullivan – Introduction by Seán Lysaght | The Gallery Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Seán Lysaght’s speech from the launch of The Blue End of Stars
at Ballina Arts Centre on 17 July 2012 

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a privilege to be here this evening to present Michelle O’Sullivan’s debut collection of poems, The Blue End of Stars. There is always a special focus of attention when a new writer appears in book form for the first time; this is all the more the case when the book in question carries the Gallery Press imprint. The Gallery Press has been in existence now for over forty years and has established itself as the premier publisher of poetry on this island.

When I got the news a few months ago that I would soon have a Gallery neighbour in Ballina, I looked through some poetry journals to find examples of Michelle O’ Sullivan’s work; in a back issue of the Poetry Ireland Review I found two poems beside her name, and I read the following line:

the sea thrives on a wick of desire

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(PoemTalk #66) | Jacket2 - W. B. Yeats, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree

(PoemTalk #66) | Jacket2 - W. B. Yeats, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

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Taije Silverman, Max McKenna, and John Timpane joined Al Filreis to discuss William Butler Yeats’s “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” [text], surely his most famous early poem (written in 1888; published in 1890) and a staple of his poetry readings into the 1930s. Yeats’s father had read Waldenaloud to him; Thoreau's pastoral simplification had been alluring for him as a teen, when he fantasized living on an uninhabited island in Lough Gill (near Sligo) — Innisfree. In the poem, the speaker, now longing for an orginary Ireland “while I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey” of the city (presumably London), expresses his desire to build a small cabin on the isle and, like Thoreau, to plant rows of beans and “have some peace there.” The romantic torque generated by such Irish/English splitting produces at the same time a brilliant but makeshift, extra-cultural — one might almost say, dramatically dislocated — prosody.  The striking sound made by this poem is a topic that draws special attention from our three talkers.

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Tiernan and Harding in great debate in Limerick - Books and Literature - Limerick Leader

Tiernan and Harding in great debate in Limerick - Books and Literature - Limerick Leader | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
MICHAEL Harding thought he had failed at everything in his life - he was, in his own words, “a failed husband, a failed priest, and a failed writer.”
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Word for Word: the literary month ahead

Word for Word: the literary month ahead | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Literature fans had better not plan on drawing breath during June, so chock-a-block is it with events that are worth your time and money. The month begins with a farewell, for another year, to Listowel Writers’ Week . No whimpering though, this year’s bash ends on the June bank holiday weekend with a serious bang – guests on Saturday include the novelists Nadeem Aslam ( The Blind Man’s Garden ) and Andrew Miller ( Pure ) and the novelist and artist Audrey Niffenegger ( The Time Traveler’s Wife ) .

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The Ikon Maker, by Desmond Hogan

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It is 1972 in Ballinasloe, in Co Galway, and a lonely dressmaker, Susan O’Hallrahan, survives on memories of her deceased husband and her beloved son, Diarmaid, now living in England. A quiet and solitary child, Diarmaid had always expressed himself through the construction of tiny models. With his departure, these “ikons” become precious clues by which Susan tries to understand the damage wrought by his best friend’s suicide. These are dark times for Ireland – there are references to “bombs in Belfast, 13 dead in Derry” – and Susan, travelling to London to search for Diarmaid, eventually comes to blame Ireland and its past for his rejection of her: “long ago Ireland had mangled him, twisted him, embittered him.” Critically acclaimed when it was first published, in 1976, The Ikon Maker made Hogan’s name as one of the freshest new voices in Irish writing, and this sensitive treatment of emigration, suicide and loneliness is as relevant now as it was then.
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Book: Yeats and Pessoa: Parallel Poetic Styles – By Patricia Silva McNeill – Review | Portuguese American Journal

Book: Yeats and Pessoa: Parallel Poetic Styles – By Patricia Silva McNeill – Review  |  Portuguese American Journal | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
By Michel Colson, Contributor (*) W.B. Yeats and Fernando Pessoa seem to be ill-suited for comparison.  True, they were both Modernist poets who were near contemporaries, but the Portuguese man-of-letters was hardly among Yeats’s literary friends.
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Beckett's Not I: how I became the ultimate motormouth

Beckett's Not I: how I became the ultimate motormouth | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Samuel Beckett left strict instructions for his 'one-mouth' play. Don't act. And you can never go fast enough. Easier said than done, writes actor Lisa Dwan
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Portobello Bridge by Gerard Smyth

PORTOBELLO BRIDGE

 

Twice a day I carry my soul over water.
The seedy canal blackened by car exhaust.
When first I came to the footbridge
at the lock, as a child
with fishing net and pinkeen pot,
it was through Little Jerusalem:
the avenues of exile,
past the synagogue that is now the mosque...

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tlr_issue_7 including poems from Gerald Dawe, Martina Evans and Valerie Sirr

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Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O'Brien Conference 2013

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Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell – review

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell – review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Maggie O'Farrell's sixth novel is another class act, writes Viv Groskop.


During the heatwave of summer 1976 a devoted husband and father of three gets up from the breakfast table and goes out to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. Robert Riordan was recently retired, but still there was nothing to suggest to his wife Gretta that he was unhappy or about to do a disappearing act. Gretta is adamant that she has no idea where he is or why he has gone. Robert and Gretta's grown-up children descend upon the family home to scratch their heads and console their mother. 

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Season Of Yeats - the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons

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Season Of Yeats - a new festival bringing the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons to life with 10 days of Music, Theatre, Exhibitions and the Spoken Word We welcome you to the first Tread Softly…, a new festival bringing the story of two of Sligo’s greatest sons to life with 10 days of Music, Theatre, Exhibitions and the Spoken Word. We sincerely hope you, both visitor and resident, will find events and activities to brighten up your summer and make your Sligo experience all the more enjoyable.
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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, May 22, 2013 12:48 AM

A good excuse to visit my family in Sligo!

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Finnegans Wake ebook - The University of Adelaide

Finnegans Wake ebook - The University of Adelaide | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Finnegans Wake / James Joyce
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An Grá – Fergal McCarthy / An Grá – Colm Breathnach | The Poetry Project

An Grá – Fergal McCarthy / An Grá – Colm Breathnach  |   The Poetry Project | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Baile is ea An Grá
go ngabhann tú thairis ar do thuras.

Ar an mám duit
chíonn tú thíos uait é
le hais le loch sáile – 

an caidéal glas
ar an gcrosbhóthar taobh thuas dó,

na páirceanna is na garraithe thart air
i mbarróga na bhfallaí cloch dá bhfáisceadh,

oifig an phoist go mbíonn muintir na háite
istigh ann i mbun gnó is ag cadráil, 

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Transition Year students work with Roddy Doyle and John Banville on new book of short stories.

Transition Year students work with Roddy Doyle and John Banville on new book of short stories. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A group of 23 TY students from St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester are launching their very own book of short stories.

Through the medium of Fighting Words, a creative writing centre in Dublin, the class developed their writing skills and wrote short stories with the help of authors, Roddy Doyle and John Banville. The students attended the writing classes one day a week since the start of the school year, compiling short stories on a wide range of topics, including parental divorce/separation, death, runaways and tales of mystery and adventure.
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