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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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Video: Niesje – Cléa van der Grijn / The Clutch Handbag – Vona Groarke | The Poetry Project

Video: Niesje – Cléa van der Grijn / The Clutch Handbag – Vona Groarke  |   The Poetry Project | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Black bombazine with grosgrain binding,
a clasp of diamanté butterflies and a row
of bevelled ivory sequins threaded with slipknots.

Finesse. A lipstick of a certain red,
a bronze compact, the cachet
of an embossed cigarette case...

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Judith Robertson's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:05 PM

I love this beautiful moment of evocation, inspired by a woman's clutch...

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A modern Book of Kells? Making ‘The Great Book of Ireland’

A modern Book of Kells? Making ‘The Great Book of Ireland’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
More than two decades has passed since the project began. Now, finally, a collaboration between dozens of artists and writers has a permanent home, as one of its driving forces explains
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Amos Gideon Greig's curator insight, January 19, 2013 1:53 AM

Dennis Greig was just one of the many poets, artists and writers brought together to create this magnificent book.

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West Cork Literary Festival 2012 - An Evening with Paul Muldoon - Introduced by Chris Agee LIVE

On the 9th of July, Paul Muldoon entertained an audience at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry, as part of the West Cork Literary Festival. From someone who has li...
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THREE PAINTINGS BY IRISH ARTISTS BY FRED JOHNSTON

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THREE PAINTINGS BY IRISH ARTISTS BY FRED JOHNSTON

 

SECRET POOLS

(painting by Fergus Lyons)

 

I am a figure in a landscape

A drip of blue from a scarcely necessary sky
Visible only to the stripped-naked eye -

 

Rocks tumbled and missed me by a hair
I was here and there amongst them like rain
I bend as if to bear their weight again - 

 

 

 Take me home if you can find me....

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Johnny Lyons's comment, January 17, 2013 7:08 PM
lovely Fred! Yours- Johnny Lyons in Kansas
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Michael Longley portrait at National Gallery

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A portrait of the Belfast poet Michael Longley by Northern Irish artist Colin Davidson has been unve...
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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

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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.

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An inversion of the world, phrase by phrase

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Belinda McKeon: In a new collection of John Banville’s work, it’s his writing about other writers that reveals the most

 

John Banville’s first published piece of fiction – a short story called The Party, written when he was 17 and published four years later in a 1966 issue of the Kilkenny Magazine – depicts a young man going to a party despite his deep foreboding about the enterprise, his crippling self-consciousness about any form of social engagement.

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Poem - We Are Experiencing Delay by CAOILINN HUGHES

Poem - We Are Experiencing Delay by  CAOILINN HUGHES | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

We Are Experiencing Delay

 

 

We Are Experiencing Delay

We are experiencing a delay due to a body on the tracks

the broadcaster drones. Fluid pools in lower limbs that have been disowned.

A body is experiencing delay among the ballast and the black.

We throttle our tabloids like pillowcases, as if to rid the newscasts

of their creases, though headlines cannot compete with the coroner megaphone.

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All aboard - The fourth edition of Poetry Bus

All aboard - The fourth edition of Poetry Bus | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The fourth edition of Poetry Bus, an eclectic mix of international poetry, illustration, articles, reviews, flash fiction and even a cartoon strip, is now on sale. It includes the work of 2010 winner of the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry, Irish-born Afric McGlinchey, current holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award Dave Lordan, UK poets Lemn Sisay and Ian Duhig
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Songs and Sonnets by Paul Muldoon – review

Songs and Sonnets by Paul Muldoon – review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Paul Muldoon will rock your world with his new dazzling collection of poetry, says Maria Johnston

 

With its double-sided title, the latest release from poet, professor and occasional rock guitarist Paul Muldoon, Songs and Sonnets, immediately sets in motion a dizzying dance of definitions. The word "sonnet" derives from the Italian sonetto, meaning "a little sound or song", while "song" can mean "any poem that is suitable for combination with music". For "sonnet", read "song". Definitions in Muldoon always give way to the indefinite

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Poets Read Hewitt

A selection of Northern Ireland's top poets, from Leontia Flynn to Seamus Heaney read their favourite John Hewitt poems. John Hewitt was a poet and author or...
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