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Arts Tonight 28 January 2013: Dennis O'Driscoll remembered

Arts Tonight 28 January 2013: Dennis O'Driscoll remembered | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A programme for the late poet Dennis O'Driscoll, with contributions from Seamus Heaney and many more poets, editors, critics, friends and family
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Forked Tongues: Galician, Basque and Catalan Women's Poetry in Translations by Irish Writers

Forked Tongues: Galician, Basque and Catalan Women's Poetry in Translations by Irish Writers | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Galicia, the Basque country and Catalonia have often found in Ireland an "inspiring Other" whether for political, social or cultural reasons. This anthology engages in an intercultural dialogue which redefines and strengthens the literary bonds among these communities. A selection of the most prominent Galician, Basque and Catalan contemporary women poets have their verse recreated in English by Irish writers. Together they enrich the European literary scene by celebrating its diversity..
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Billy Ramsell has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary.

Billy Ramsell has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Billy Ramsell has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary. Nominated by the current Professor of Poetry, Harry Clifton, Ramsell was welcomed and confirmed by the trustees of the Board of the Ireland Chair of Poetry in late 2012. 

The bursary is awarded annually to a poet of promise and enables the recipient to reside for a period of four weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan. Billy Ramsell lives in Cork, his first collection,Complicated Pleasures.
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dauðalogn (deadly calm) by John Ennis

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dauðalogn (deadly calm)

 

“our rituals and our cassocks are pompous”, Mancini

 

Yup, Gregory, he did not go milk the cirrus heavens, sky mares or his god

for the chant, Gregory merely stepped it out onto the cobbled streets of Rome
when that bustling city was still in its sexy heyday, good or bad,
depends how you embrace it, and escaping out round the Forum -
he’d fucked off his vestments like old ship canvas. Kicked them in a heap on the floor of his room.
The full Prince Harry, Gregory just shook himself then into the white toga of a commoner -
sought the songs of the heart where these were sung by boys, old veterans,
slips at corners for their supper, – his curls in a cow’s lick, – or all round the Pantheon...

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ANOREXIA by Patrick Warner - the véhicule press blog

ANOREXIA  by Patrick Warner - the véhicule press blog | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Patrick Warner  emigrated from Claremorris in County Mayo, Ireland to Newfoundland at age seventeen. Warner is Head of Lending Services at the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland.


ANOREXIA  

 

The less there is of you the more of me.

The doctors refer to me as he.
He is not you, they say to her.
She takes a shaky breath. She runs around
and I run with her underground.

I play my hostess like a violin,
my minimalist concerto for torso and limbs.
That’s you in the loo, your woodwind guts,
the cymbal splash of watery vomit,
the kettledrum of bowels in the bowl...


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Alice Odilon's curator insight, January 2, 8:54 AM

I know there is something strong and honest in anorexic appearance.

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“Exacting Imagination – Het Prangende verbeelding” an Anthology of Irish Poetry in Dutch Translation

“Exacting Imagination – Het Prangende verbeelding” an Anthology of Irish Poetry in Dutch Translation | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe is delighted to announce it will host a Book Launch on 28 February 2013 for “Exacting Imagination – Het Prangende verbeelding” an Anthology of Irish Poetry in Dutch Translation.  We are also very proud to welcome two of the featured poets, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, who will be reading some of the poems on the night.

 

The book will feature 100 Poems­­ - 10 Poems by 10 Major Irish Poets.  The Irish poets featured are Brendan Kennelly, Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and Matthew Sweeney.

 

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For Barack Obama: his second inauguration -poem by Paul Muldoon Text/Video

For Barack Obama: his second inauguration -poem by  Paul Muldoon Text/Video | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
First off, hearty congratulations
on having the backing of the nation
over Romney. It looks like “Mitt” is short
for intermittent, or something of that sort.
Second, “inauguration” is a word
that conjures up “divination by birds,”
Romans who tried to break the code
of what hens’ entrails might forebode.
As for the forecast I deliver?
Don’t be chicken-hearted! Don’t be chicken-livered!
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Bram Stoker before Dracula | TLS

Bram Stoker before Dracula | TLS | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Following an inauspicious start in 1897, the reputation of Dracula grew until the novel became the rulebook for vampiristic dos and don’ts. The centenary of Bram Stoker’s death last year was an occasion to reflect on this evolution as well as to examine Stoker’s life and propose how this definitive work came from the pen of a drab Petty Sessions clerk who wrote sub-standard fiction on the side. Dracula buffs and gothic scholars are determined to find origins, inspirations and predilections that forecast Stoker’s only notable invention, for otherwise his authorship of Dracula at the age of fifty is an unfathomable anomaly

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Shall We Gather At The River | Book Launch 17/01/13

The official launch of Shall We Gather At The River, the second novel by Peter Murphy at The Gutter Bookshop 17 January 2013. Video by Melancolly: http://www...
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Eight poems by Eva Bourke

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Eva Bourke is originally from Germany but has lived in Ireland most of her life. She has published six collections of poetry, most recently piano  (May 2011, Dedalus Press, Dublin), two comprehensi...
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Somewhere Else – Anita Groener / Letting Go – Michael Coady | The Poetry Project

Somewhere Else – Anita Groener / Letting Go – Michael Coady  |   The Poetry Project | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
I love the abandon

of abandoned things

 

the harmonium surrendering

in a churchyard in Aherlow

the hearse resigned to nettles

behind a pub in Carna

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Two Irish Writers on Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Longlist

Two Irish Writers on Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Longlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

British authors dominate longlist for world's richest short story Award. A host of sparkling home-grown talent, including prize-winning...

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The Great Book of Ireland

UCC, Cork, Ireland
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Amos Gideon Greig's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:18 AM

If you get a chance check this book out its a lovely work of art and reflective of Ieland's creative soul.

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Roddy Doyle finally writes sequel to The Commitments

Roddy Doyle finally writes sequel to The Commitments | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Writer Roddy Doyle has penned a sequel to The Commitments — 26 years after the original.
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Wood Cuttings: New and Selected Poems by Liam Ó Muirthile published by Cois Life

Wood Cuttings: New and Selected Poems by Liam Ó Muirthile published by Cois Life | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The collection is a mixture of old and new work with translations into English by Gabriel Rosenstock. A selection of new poems is also read by the author on accompanying CD.

Liam Ó Muirthile is a well-established poet, journalist, dramatist and novelist. His primary achievement is poetic; his first collection Tine Chnámh (Sáirséal Ó Marcaigh, 1984) won the prestigious Duais an Ríordánaigh in the Oireachtas literary competition and further awards followed.

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The Poetry Project: Artist: Oliver Comerford, Distance. Poet: Eavan Boland In Our Own Country

The Poetry Project: Artist: Oliver Comerford, Distance. Poet: Eavan Boland In Our Own Country | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Every week, from January 1st 2013, we will be uploading a poem and accompanying video artwork, in celebration of Ireland’s literary and visual creativity.
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Days by Patrick Chapman

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Days for Mairead Costigan

 

For the salt, beneath a Madagascan moon, a moth

Supping the tears of a sleeping bird, drawing

Nightmare into his thorax; imagining an egg

 

Of Newtonia ripping the walls of ...

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Frank McGuinness reads 'Rooms in Denmark'

'Rooms in Denmark' by Frank McGuinness from his collection 'In a Town of Five Thousand People'. http://bit.ly/QkOlpt
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After 30 Years, Neil Jordan Returns To 'The Past' : Audio NPR

After 30 Years, Neil Jordan Returns To 'The Past' : Audio NPR | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Ireland native is best known as a filmmaker — he directed The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire and the Showtime series The Borgias — but he began his career as a writer. His 1980 novel, The Past, has been reissued in the United States.
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Donegal writer Guy Le Jeune and Enniskillen-based Sheila LLewellyn nominated for the Costa Short Story Award

Donegal writer Guy Le Jeune and Enniskillen-based Sheila LLewellyn nominated for the Costa Short Story Award | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Costa Coffee today announces the identities of the six finalists shortlisted for the inaugural Costa Short Story Award.

Over 1800 entries were received for the new Costa Short Story Award, open to both published and unpublished writers, for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English. 

 

Established this year, the new Award - run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system – is unique in that it was judged anonymously ie without the name of the author being known throughout the process. 

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HAIL AND FAREWELL by Thomas Lynch Poetry Ireland

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

from 'Dirge Without Music',  Edna St Vincent Millay

 

Whenever we read together, as we had in Ireland and the UK and the United States,Dennis would joke that the evening might best have been billed as, “Death and Taxes,” what with the day jobs we were each indentured to. Of course, who would show up for such grim diversions? A preoccupation with poetry hardly advances one’s standing in the actual world.

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Peter Murphy's top 10 literary preachers

Peter Murphy's top 10 literary preachers | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
From James Joyce to Jerry Lee Lewis, the novelist reads some fiery lessons
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Enfant Gâté by Tom MacIntyre - The Moth Magazine

Enfant Gâté by Tom MacIntyre - The Moth Magazine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

What is puberty, said Enfant Gâté, and stay’d not for an answer. The AOH hall – Ancient Order of Hibernians history now – their sometime headquarters become our out-at-elbow cinema. Twice a week. Rude benches. Intoxicated customers, children and the young, exclusively it seemed. Gene Autry. Hopalong Cassidy. War movies. Anchors away. As North Africa fell to the Allies. Greece. Italy. Paris. Berlin … Part of the vertigo was the rickety organisation: the Cinema Manager – and general factotum – lived miles away, and his car was a capricious banger. Merrily on edge, we gathered outside the shabby hall. And prayed. Grew restive.

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Two More Gallants by William Trevor | Narrative Magazine

Two More Gallants by William Trevor | Narrative Magazine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it


William Trevor, one of today’s finest and most prolific storytellers, took early inspiration from James Joyce, while recognizing the pitfalls of that author’s sanctification and of literary idolatry in general. In Trevor’s satirical story “Two More Gallants,” conditions in Ireland are shown to have improved a good deal from those in the time of Joyce’s original “Two Gallants,” yet slippery problems of national identity remain or have taken on the appearance of a higher caste and sophistication. At the core of the character in question in Trevor’s story is the tension between moral imagination and rote behavior. The safety and relative ease brought by advancement are shown to be potential sources of corruption and complacency. In carrying Joyce’s “conscience of my race” forward for new generations, Trevor announced himself as Joyce’s successor, much as Auden, in “In Memory of W. B. Yeats,” paid honest tribute and donned the crown of his profession.

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‘Kells II’ a celebration of Irish creativity

‘Kells II’ a celebration of Irish creativity | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
And last night, The Great Book of Ireland — a hand-crafted anthology of Irish art, music, and poetry — was on display in all its glory at a ceremony in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork. 

President Michael D Higgins — himself a contributor to the book — was there to mark UCC’s acquisition of the book. 

He said: “The Great Book of Ireland is both a celebration and an affirmation; a celebration of the creative talent for which we, as a nation, are renowned and an affirmation of the great wealth of creativity that exists in this country.” 

The university paid $1m (€752,000) to acquire The Great Book — a vellum manuscript compiled between 1989 and 1991 that contains the handwritten work of nine composers, 121 artists, and 143 poets, including three Nobel laureates: Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott. ”.
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Amos Gideon Greig's curator insight, January 20, 2013 4:32 PM

My father was one of the poets picked to submit a poem.