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Three Irish novelists on tenterhooks over Booker shortlist

Three Irish novelists on tenterhooks over Booker shortlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Donal Ryan, Colm Tóibín and Colum McCann hope to be among six nominees
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It's No Go The Poetry Show - Louis MacNeice

So, our greatest contemporary poet dead and the fiftieth anniversary today (September 3rd) of the death of the second, no the third ... well one of the first division chaps anyway, Louis MacNeice.

Born in Belfast, mother a Cleshan from Ballymacrony, father a minister (of the other sort), and on his way to a bishop. Carrickfergus, school in pretty Sherborne in Dorset, then Marlborough, where a few hard lessons about hierarchy and power were taught. Betjeman and Blunt (the latter finding him “totally, irredeemably heterosexual”). Oxford, Auden, Spender, Day-Lewis, Marxism, the whole gang christened “MacSpaunday”; Mac, though “progressive”, was not so convinced or ready to be convinced about the benefits of the Revolution as Spaunday.

- See more at: http://www.drb.ie/blog/writers-and-artists/2013/09/04/it's-no-go-the-poetry-show#sthash.zAf5UolR.dpuf
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Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary

Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival is pleased to celebrate the memory of much loved Killybegs poet Noelle Vial, who died 10 years ago this year, with the creation of a special poetry bursary under her name.
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As if There Were Trees - Story by Colum McCann

As if There Were Trees - Story by Colum McCann | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The sun was setting and there were shadows on the ground from the flats. Jamie sat on a horse, his baby in his arms, looking at the unfinished overpass where he used to work.
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Two boats: remembering Seamus Heaney by Michael Longley

Two boats: remembering Seamus Heaney by Michael Longley | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
With my friend of 50 years I learned to write poetry, explored Ulster’s landscapes and took turns to recite new poems over balls of malt in a Dublin bar
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September 1913 by William Butler Yeats

September 1913 by William Butler Yeats | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Famous poem first published one hundred years ago

 

SEPTEMBER 1913

by William Butler Yeats

What need you, being come to sense,
But fumble in a greasy till
And add the ha’pence to the pence
And prayer to shivering prayer, until
You have dried the marrow from the bone;
For men were born to pray and save?,
Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone....

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British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference 12-14 September | The Gallery Press

The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester is delighted to host the 3rd British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference. Like its predecessor conferences, at St Anne’s in Oxford and Queens University Belfast, they aim to engage poets and critics in new conversations about recent British and Irish poetry, re-assessing and contesting prevailing ideas about poetry’s relation to the present and the past, and tracking new developments in poetics.

The conference will include readings and keynote addresses by Paul Muldoon, Don Paterson, Gwyneth Lewis, Clair Wills, Matthew Campbell, Michael Symmons-Roberts, Sean O’Brien, Patrick McGuinness and Leontia Flynn, Peter Fallon and Vona Groarke.

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Literary history of Dublin brought to life with new Storymap app

Literary history of Dublin brought to life with new Storymap app | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The map was officially launched yesterday evening, and includes poets and writers both new and well-known.
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New York Times: ‘The Gamal,’ by Ciaran Collins

New York Times: ‘The Gamal,’ by Ciaran Collins | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
An Irish village oddball tells the story of a tragic friendship.

 

Ten years ago, when Mark Haddon’s “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” turned up on the best-seller list and won a number of literary awards, the novel’s autistic narrator beguiled readers with his unconventional point of view. Today, even as controversy surrounds the revised classification of autism in the latest version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the quirky yet remarkably perceptive points of view of autistic narrators have become increasingly familiar in every category of fiction, from young adult to science fiction to popular and literary fiction.

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Announcing the results of the 2013 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

Announcing the results of the 2013 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Irish author Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ to be made into movie

Irish author Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ to be made into movie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
IRISH author Emma Donoghue has confirmed that her hit novel ‘Room’ is to be made into a movie.
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Small Poetry Presses in Ireland by Paul Casey

Small Poetry Presses in Ireland by Paul Casey | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Small poetry presses in Ireland are tricky enough to define. We are tempted to categorise them by volume of production, or by the number of established poets they represent. Poetry presses in Irela...
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A Linotype link with Leopold Bloom

A   Linotype link with    Leopold Bloom | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Involvement in a recent Zurich workshop on Joyce and newspapers brought with it, for me, the strange experience of being part of the history that was being discussed. Newspaper technology changed very little between the 1890s and the mid-1980s (indeed, the printing process, although massively magnified, is still essentially the same).

The major innovation of those years, the Linotype machine, whereby type could be set by the line instead of by the letter, was already in place in the Freeman’s Journal by 1904 (there is a very valuable photograph of the caseroom (production area) of the newspaper from those years showing the Linotype machines).

 
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Kevin Barry - The Apparitions

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 c...
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Malarky by Anakana Schofield – The Guardian review

Malarky by Anakana Schofield – The Guardian review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Marina Lewycka enjoys a refreshing rejection of the escapist fantasy

 

 It lures you in by seeming to be one kind of novel; as you read on, you discover that it is really quite another.

 

In the opening scene, the recently widowed narrator, referred to throughout as Our Woman, confesses to her "grief counsellor" that she is plagued night and day by thoughts of naked men. The counsellor suggests that she should try vigorously scrubbing the kitchen floor. You guessed – it doesn't work. The images come back, but worse

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The Writers Group and Seamus Heaney

The Writers Group and Seamus Heaney | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

This writers group has continued to meet ever since. Its membership list would almost read as a veritable roll-call of writers in Northern Ireland of the past 50 years. For example, the group has included Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian, Ciaran Carson and Sinead Morrissey, to mention but a few of the many writers that have brought drafts of their work for fellow writers to read and comment on.

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My dad used to involved with this group years ago I remember eeting John and Medbh McGuckian, babysitting for them while they all met up. Seamus used to be something of a mentor to Medbh in the same way Michael Longely supported my father.

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Dennis O’Driscoll’s final collection Dear Life has won this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

Dennis O’Driscoll’s final collection Dear Life has won this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Poet died last December and award will be presented to widow
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Scottish Poetry Library Podcast: Paula Meehan - a 'rare and precious thing'

Scottish Poetry Library Podcast: Paula Meehan - a 'rare and precious thing' | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish poet Paula Meehan has been called 'that rare and precious thing – a vocational poet of courage and integrity' by Carol Ann Duffy. In this wide ranging interview with Ryan Van Winkle, you will see why. 'I think poetry acts as lightning rod to earth the energies of the Zeitgeist that you are living through... Often to get real, true peace you have to actually nearly reopen the wound to clean it.' They discuss the troubles in Ireland, issues with the priesthood, witchcraft, abuse and suicide, but at all times Paula remains sparklingly eloquent, thoughtful and maintains a sense of intense wonder and joy with the world. Her many accolades include the Irish American Cultural Institute’s Butler Award, the Denis Devlin Award and the Marten Toonder Award.
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Irish novelist Patrick McCabe to speak on Irish village life // University of Notre Dame

Irish novelist Patrick McCabe to speak on Irish village life // University of Notre Dame | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Notre Dame News gathers and disseminates information that enhances understanding of the University’s academic and research mission and its accomplishments as a Catholic institute of higher learning.
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Emma Donoghue's Room to be adapted into a movie | CBC Books | CBC Radio

Emma Donoghue's Room to be adapted into a movie | CBC Books | CBC Radio | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The adaptation of Emma Donoghue's critically acclaimed novel Room will begin production next year. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)Irish-Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue has confirmed that her bestselling book Room is being adapted into a film.
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Returning to first loves - Mary Morrissy

When I was a student journalist in the 1970s, we were given a list of 20 books, which, it was suggested gently, everyone should have read by the age of 20.  Shamefully, I had read only a handful, s...
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ZSR | Special Collections & Archives Blog – Louis MacNeice in Special Collections

ZSR | Special Collections & Archives Blog – Louis MacNeice in Special Collections | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014 | Stinging Fly

Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014 | Stinging Fly | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Stinging Fly is a literary magazine and press which aims to publish and promote the best new Irish and international writing.
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