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Irish playwright Jimmy Kerrs House Strictly Private was a standout of the recent First Irish Theatre Festival

Irish playwright Jimmy Kerrs House Strictly Private was a standout of the recent First Irish Theatre Festival | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish playwright Jimmy Kerrs House Strictly Private was a standout of the recent First Irish Theatre Festival...

 

Two Irish playwrights emerged from the recent 1st Irish Theatre Festival in New York, and it's time to mark their achievements. Playwright Jimmy Kerr is already well known to the Irish community here for his successful run of Ardnaglass on the Air, a knockabout rural comedy which played at the Manhattan Theatre Source in 2010, directed by actress Geraldine Hughes.

But House Strictly Private, a pitch-black comic drama, is an unexpected follow up to Kerr's rollicking festival debut. 

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Poetry Ireland Review Archive - Issues 1-30

Poetry Ireland Review Archive - Issues 1-30 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Editor: John Jordan
It is almost nineteen years since Liam Miller of The Dolmen Press and the poet James Liddy came to me and asked me if I would edit a magazine called POETRY IRELAND, a title first coined by David Marcus in April 1948 then co-editor with Terence Smith of IRISH WRITING. David produced nineteen numbers of his POETRY IRELAND, and then seven reduced numbers as supplements to IRISH WRITING, making twenty-six numbers in all. His successor as editor of IRISH WRITING, Sean J. White, produced two POETRY IRELAND supplements, the last being in 1956.

 

So then in September 1962, with the assistance of James Liddy, James J. McAuley and Richard Weber, I produced the first issue of a new POETRY IRELAND; of the contributors Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, Donagh MacDonagh and Leslie Daiken are dead. But I find to my gratification that from that first issue and the five that followed (the last being a double issue edited by John Montague from material assembled by me) the following appear in this first issue of THE POETRY IRELAND REVIEW

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The Galway Review - Six poems by Fred Johnston

The Galway Review - Six poems by Fred Johnston | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

 Fred Johnston was born in Belfast Northern Ireland,.educated there and Toronto, Canada, lived for a time in Spain and Africa and after that in Dublin. Currently he lives in Galway. He is author of a collection of stories from Parthian (Wales) 2011; and ‘Orangeman’, a collection of stories in French, from Terre de Brume (France) 2010. Johnston worked as a fulltime journalist, writer and sub-editor for some years for Irish Press, This Week, Woman’s Choice and Belfast Telegraph (sub-ed.). He edited Westword Magazine, and for a time, and two literary pages in The Galway Advertiser. He received Hennessy Literary Award for prose in 1972, and Sunday Independent Short Story and Poem of the Month awards. He co-founded, The Irish Writers’ Co-operative in the mid-Seventies. Johnston is author of four novels, eight collections of poetry.

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Michael Longley on Remembrance Day

Michael Longley on Remembrance Day | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Ronald Colman

 

My dad served with Ronald Colman in the Great War

And laughed at his daydream of Hollywood stardom.

London-Scottish kilts looked frumpish after battle,

Blood, mud and shit bespattering handsome knees.

My dad lost all his teeth before he was twenty

And envied Ronald Colman’s spectacular smile...

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Write The Book » Audio Interview with Greg Delanty

Write The Book » Audio Interview with Greg Delanty | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Burlington, VT, radio show and podcast for writers and curious readers, featuring interviews with authors, poets, agents, editors, and illustrators.

 

Award-winning Irish poet Greg Delanty , whose book, The Greek Anthology, Book XVII , comes out in December 2012 (Carcanet Press ).

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Joe Dowling Returns to Dublin's Abbey Theatre to Direct Frank McGuinness' THE DEAD, Beg. Dec 5

Joe Dowling Returns to Dublin's Abbey Theatre to Direct Frank McGuinness' THE DEAD, Beg. Dec 5 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The world premiere production of the Frank McGuinness adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead has begun rehearsal at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, under the direction of former Abbey and current Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling.
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Stoker

Stoker | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The most famous and enduring characters don’t just overshadow their creations, they usually consume them. It’s easy to imagine the naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming, for instance, as a proto-James Bond, or Arthur Conan Doyle’s marvelling at the deductive methods of Dr Joseph Bell as rehearsal for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Paul Walker’s new play about Bram Stoker for Ouroboros Theatre Company largely resists the temptation to glibly shape Stoker’s biography as just a preamble of inspirations leading to the invention of Dracula. But it is also shrewdly aware of the gothic expectations of its audience.

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Dublin Book Festival launched

Dublin Book Festival launched | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Over 148 authors will take part in this year’s Dublin Book Festival, the fifth such celebration of Irish writing and publishing.

 

Running from next Tuesday, November 13th, to Sunday, November 18th, the programme features over 60 events including readings, interviews, political and current affairs discussions, poetry, book-binding workshops and children’s entertainment.

 

Julianne Mooney, who organised the festival programme, says its central aim is "to create a community atmosphere in which to show the diversity, vitality and talent of Irish publishers and writers".

The opening event on Tuesday, entitled Inspiring Lives, Inspiring Stories features writers Dervla Murphy and Alice Taylor in conversation with arts broadcaster Sean Rocks.

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Literary heroes of medicine — by Irish psychiatrist Dr Stephen McWilliams

Literary heroes of medicine — by Irish psychiatrist Dr Stephen McWilliams | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

John Shaw Billings (1838-1913) was an American surgeon, librarian and first director of the New York Public Library. Drawing on years of medical, surgical and literary pursuits, Dr Billings offered succinct advice to medical writers: “First have something to say; second, say it; third, stop when you have said it; and finally, give it an accurate title.” Simple, clear and direct, Dr Billings’s advice is timeless.


Medical writing is a complicated, intriguing art, and one which merits close attention. Happily, there is now a new and valuable addition to this field, written by an Irish psychiatrist, Dr Stephen McWilliams, and titled Fiction and Physicians: Medicine through the Eyes of Writers.

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Maurice Harmon - MICHAEL LONGLEY AND THE WEST OF IRELAND

Maurice Harmon - MICHAEL LONGLEY AND THE WEST OF IRELAND | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
MICHAEL LONGLEY AND THE WEST OF IRELAND Michael Longley is but one of a great number of Irish writers from W. B. Yeats to Austin Clarke and Seamus Heaney, from James Joyce to Sean O’Faolain and Edna O’Brien who have been drawn to the west of Ireland.

 

Yeats made Ben Bulben, Knocknarea, and the Sligo region an evocative presence in his early poetry. In his short story ‘The Dead’ James Joyce led Gabriel Conroy on a reverie across the Shannon River to Galway. Sean O’Faolain articulated the feelings of many when he spoke of going to the west as a return to the childhood of the race. For Michael Longley, who was born and raised in the city of Belfast on the east coast of Ireland, the western region of County Mayo has been a place of imaginative nourishment and a retreat from the violence that characterised much of his adult life in the city.

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Poem: Where we are now - The Venice Suite by Dermot Bolger

Poem: Where we are now - The Venice Suite by Dermot Bolger | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
POEM:THIS IS THE CONCLUDING poem in a sequence, The Venice Suite, that no poet would wish to write. Its memories are unique to me, yet its voyage of loss is undertaken by thousands, sometimes with huge support, like I was privileged to receive, but often in isolation.

 

In 2010, my wife, Bernie, collapsed while swimming with one of our sons. She had no symptoms of ill health and no thoughts of death before death cruelly thought of her. I was beside her when she died from an undiagnosed ruptured aneurysm on a trolley in the Mater hospital in Dublin, still awaiting the doctor assigned to her.

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Féile Bheag Filíóchta - Baile 'n Fheirtéaraigh, Clár

Féile Bheag Filíóchta - Baile 'n Fheirtéaraigh, Clár | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Feile19.00-19.30 Official Festival Opening Máirtín S. Ó Briain
Contemporary Dance and Traditional music

19.45-20.30 Festival Lecture Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Fee €5

20.30 Dhá Chlog ag Bualadh - Louis Mulcahy
Poetry collection launch Paddy Bushe

Tig an Tobair,
Ballyferriter

22.00 Rambling House Gabriel Fitzmaurice Taille €5
Songs, stories, poems, chat and music

Bheag Fílióchta, poetry festival in Ballyferriter, Co.
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New Poetry Collection by Frank McGuinness - In A town of Five Thousand People

New Poetry Collection by Frank McGuinness - In A town of Five Thousand People | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

‘Love is my nature and I've paid the price.’

 

In a Town of Five Thousand People, Frank McGuinness's fifth collection, demonstrates again the ‘energy and intensity’ Peter Denman noted in Poetry Ireland Review. The scathing invective of ‘The Town Next to Us’, a series of loving elegies for artists and actors and a record of struggles with religious ties anatomize ‘the darkness within the darkness’.

 

The broad sweep of ‘Heligan’, brief poems of lyric pitch, ‘American Football in Booterstown Park’, ‘Limerick Junction and Marco Polo’ display an imagination given free rein. Urgent and prodigious, this is a book of wide-reaching embrace.

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A record eight Irish writers feature on Impac longlist

A record eight Irish writers feature on Impac longlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Christmas now tends to come early each year with announcement of the International Impac Dublin Literary Award nominations.

 

Irish fiction has its largest representation yet, with eight nominated writers including Kevin Barry for City of Bohane, Christine Dwyer-Hickey, former Impac contender Sebastian Barry, John Boyne, Dermot Healy, Paul Callan and Margaret Mazzantini.

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Editorial | The Beckett Circle - New Online Edition

Editorial | The Beckett Circle - New Online Edition | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

As the newsletter’s new editor it’s a pleasure to welcome readers to the first online issue of The Beckett Circle. The change in format is one move among several, as the Circle is now based in England and the Presidency of the Samuel Beckett Society is set to make the same shift from the United States at the end of the calendar year. The shift to Internet publication means, though, that this geographical move is less significant than it appears. Holding the newsletter’s features and reviews online means that we can become more clearly international than ever before. I hope the newsletter’s content and readership will continue to reflect this, and encourage readers to contact the editor to suggest articles, interviews, reviews and images that would be of interest to followers of Beckett’s work.

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Dublin Review of Books

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The latest edition of the free online Dublin Review of Books, at drb.ie. This marks the beginning of “a new DRB, with greatly enhanced content and a new model of publication”. The journal, one of whose editors is the Irish Times journalist Enda O’Doherty, will in future be continuously updated and the essays for which it is known will be supplemented by shorter reviews, blog posts and extracts from new books.

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District with the downturn blues

District with the downturn blues | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Eileen Battersbyreviews The Spining Heart by Donal Ryan Doubleday Ireland/Lilliput, 

 

Lives undone by the economic disaster fill the news pages and may well be too close to personal daily experience to encourage any interest in reading fictional variations on a reality now shared by so many. Donal Ryan’s precise and evocative debut, which could as easily have taken the form of a script or a screenplay, not only tells the individual stories of a group of characters inhabiting the margins of smalltown and rural Ireland – the two are not quite the same – but also looks at a society in turmoil. An admittedly familiar picture emerges.

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The European Muse: Irish Poets Inspired by Europe - DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL

The European Muse: Irish Poets Inspired by Europe - DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
 Harry Clifton, Moya Cannon, Mary O’Donnell, Michael O’Loughlin and Judith Mok. Chaired by Peter Sirr Presented by Poetry Ireland in association with Dublin Book Festival Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre Saturday 17th, 3.00pm – 4.20pm  •  Free entry...
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Softening boundaries and crossing borders - five poems and five sculptural drawings

Softening boundaries and crossing borders - five poems and five sculptural drawings | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The American poet Robert Creeley speaking of a collaboration with the artist Francesco Clemente commented that “any person reading what I have written and seeing what he’s made is moving between two emotional fields”.

 

That sense of moving between emotional fields or crossing boundaries, is something I hope has been achieved in the project that brought craft artist and jewellery designer Angela O’Kelly and I together for Out of the Marvellous, an exhibition that has just opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.

 

It was hard to imagine what the result might be when we had our first exploratory conversation early in the year. We were each aware of the other’s work but had no idea how they might connect.

The invitation to participate in this union of poetry and craft came with a challenging though open brief that called for the exhibition work to be “an experience in which the audience member becomes enveloped and the senses are engaged”.

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An Interview With Bram Stoker

An Interview With Bram Stoker | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dracula was published in the UK by Archibald Constable and Co. on May 26th, 1897. Just over one month later, the following interview with Bram Stoker was published in the July 1st edition of the British Weekly. The interview was conducted by Jane Stoddard under the pen name “Lorna”.

 

“Mr.Bram Stoker. A Chat with the Author of Dracula”

 

One of the most interesting and exciting of recent novels is Mr. Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” It deals with the ancient mediaeval vampire legend, and in no English work of fiction has this legend been so brilliantly treated. The scene is laid partly in Transylvania and partly in England. The first fifty-four pages, which give the journal of Jonathan Harker after leaving Vienna until he makes up his mind to escape from Castle Dracula, are in their weird power altogether unrivalled in recent fiction.

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Google Doodle for 165th birthday of Bram Stoker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdd9Y7zyvjU&feature=player_embedded
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James Joyce Centre Launches New Website

James Joyce Centre Launches New Website | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The James Joyce Centre is dedicated to the celebration & promotion of the work of James Joyce, one of the greatest writers in english literature.

 

This house was built in 1784 by Francis Ryan for Valentine Brown, the Earl of Kenmare, who used it as his townhouse. The plasterwork here was done by Michael Stapleton, one of the finest stuccadores of the time. The house was given special mention by Constantine Curran in his book Dublin Decorative Plasterwork of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, and the photographs he took were essential to the restoration of the house. Curran was also a close friend of Joyce’s....

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another place I have not yet visited -- in the meantime the website looks like a good place for a virtual  visit -- there's even a comic version!

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A thirst for love and knowledge - Collected Poems John Montague

A thirst for love and knowledge - Collected Poems John Montague | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
POETRY: HARRY CLIFTONreviews New Collected Poems By John Montague Gallery Press, 539pp.

 

‘IN THE early ’60s,” John Montague wrote in his preface to The Rough Field, “I went to Belfast to receive a small poetry prize.” As it happens, I myself was on hand exactly 50 years later in the same city, when Montague presented, in 2011, “a small poetry prize” to a new, younger poet. A wheel had turned, a cycle completed itself. A baton, in the eternal Olympiad, was being handed on.

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Hennessy Irish Writing Today - Read great writers of the future in exclusive magazine

Hennessy Irish Writing Today - Read great writers of the future in exclusive magazine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
THEY are the great Irish writers and poets of tomorrow and their emerging talent will be showcased to readers in a 32-page magazine next Wednesday.

 

In association with the the Arts Council, the Irish Independent will publish 'Hennessy Irish Writing Today'. The magazine will feature 14 contributors, including seven short story writers and five poets.

Breakthrough writers include Siobhan Mannion, Elaine Walsh and Niamh Boyce alongside brand new fiction by top authors John Boyne, Eoin McNamee, Dermot Bolger, Gerard Donovan and Brian Keenan.

 

Magazine editor Ciaran Carty said it astonished him that they continued to find writers whose works had never been published.

"There seems to be a bottomless pool of emerging talent and it augurs well for future generations of writers," he said.

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Two Pints by Roddy Doyle

Two Pints by Roddy Doyle | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
IN PUBLISHING the end of the world is always upon us. When Allen Lane created the paperback novel there were fears that writing would suffer. When sales of ebooks began to rise readers wondered whether bookshops would survive. And with the advent of social media even the way fiction is written has begun to change. Roddy Doyle’s latest work, Two Pints, marks a watershed in publishing, for it is, to the best of my knowledge, the first book to be written entirely on Facebook before publication.

 

Over 18 months Doyle used the social network as a home for a series of conversations between two middle-aged men, perched at a bar, analysing the news of the day and attempting to make sense of it. 

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Edna O'Brien | AnOther Interview

Edna O'Brien | AnOther Interview | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
You’d be forgiven for thinking you knew Edna O’Brien from her tales of passionate, unrepentent women. Her early career, after all, reads like a masterclass in succès de scandale – books censored, burned – and every novel since is rumoured to have been written long-hand, in violet-coloured ink. In an interview with The Paris Review in 1984, she set out her belief that “one must be one’s own water diviner” and continues to mine her inexhaustable reserves of human understanding to reach the deepest and most fundamental rivulets within. Yet not one work from her heart-achingly masterful, thirty-strong oeuvre lays as much of O’Brien’s soul bare as Country Girl: A Memoir, released earlier this month to unanimous applause. Here, in a candid conversation with AnOther, she shares the story of its inception.
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