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Dedalus Press: New Titles by Patrick Deeley and Máighréad Medbh

Dedalus Press: New Titles by Patrick Deeley and Máighréad Medbh | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The launch takes place on Monday April 8th 2013 at 7.00 pm of two new Dedalus Press titles.

Savage Solitude: Reflections of a Reluctant Loner is poet Máighréad Medbh's prose work exploring, through aphorism and poetry, the subject of being alone. It is introduced on the night by Deaglán de Bréadún.

Groundswell: New and Selected Poems by Patrick Deeley, with an Introduction by Theo Dorgan, is an overview of the work of one of Ireland's most distinctive poetic voices, and features a generous selection of new work.

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The Purge - Michael Hartnett- Read by Alan Cooke - aka Wild Irish Poet

A stunning epic length Irish poem by one of Ireland's greatest poets- Michael Hartnett read by Irish Emmy winning actor writer and film maker Alan Cooke www....
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The Book of Kells free on iTunes for iPad on St. Patrick's Day

 
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Every page of the Book of Kells available in high resolution for the first time.

Explore the finest details of 21 of the 9th century manuscript’s most decorated pages at up to six times their original size.

The Book of Kells is one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts and the most elaborate manuscript of its kind to survive from the early Middle Ages. Today, it is on display in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

Following on from the international award-winning DVD-ROM, this app showcases the amazing decorative skills of the scribes and the rich and varied colours used in the drawings.

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- See all 680 pages
- Zoom in to explore the detail 21 of the most decorated pages at up to 6 times their actual size
- Learn about the history of the book including where, when and how it was made
- Understand the meaning behind decorative symbols used throughout the manuscript
- Browse through over 600 examples of animals, initial letters and other decorative themes

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LRB · Anne Enright · Diary: Censorship in Ireland

LRB · Anne Enright · Diary: Censorship in Ireland | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In September 1954, my parents went to Edinburgh on their honeymoon. There is a picture of them taken in Princes Street Gardens, in front of the view of the Castle, my mother is wearing her white fun fur jacket, my father is wearing a big smile; they look full of their moment and altogether content. No one knows why they went to Edinburgh, they just wanted to, and after that they went to Lourdes. My mother prayed at the grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette, and her prayers must have been answered, because two Enrights went out there, but three Enrights came back.
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Interview With Michael Longley | Preview of The Wayfarer | Homebound Publications

Interview With Michael Longley | Preview of The Wayfarer | Homebound Publications | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

When I first saw Michael Longley, I knew immediately it was him. The bright white beard was telltale, but it was his manner that revealed the character of the man. I watched him from the other side of the street, slowly making his way toward me, with a green reusable shopping bag and a tall red umbrella under his arm. He seemed to be lost in a reverie, yet keenly attentive to the particularities of the world around him. As he shuffled along in his high waisted trousers, off-balanced by the awkwardness of the umbrella, he would look up, notice some flower or object in a shop window, and then, with a funny little bob of his head, pay his respects and trundle along.

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Poetry Daily: In Vitebsk There Lives a Cow by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

In Vitebsk There Lives a Cow       

                 after Marc Chagall's I and the Village 

 

whose rolling eye is as loving as a mother's. 
I go to her stall to breathe straw and dung, 
to place cornmeal bread and potato scraps 
between her lips, feel her spit drip onto my palms...

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The Real Imaginary: Lacan's Joyce | berfrois

The Real Imaginary: Lacan's Joyce | berfrois | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In his twenty-third seminar, Jacques Lacan framed the sinthome as a radical unknotting of the symbolic, the imaginary and the real. He offered le sinthome not as a mere technical addition to the battery of psychoanalytic tools, but as a concept of paramount importance, for its unique adequation to what he found to be a significant change in the conventional relation of subject to culture and of ego to other. [1] The sinthome denoted for Lacan a new way that the subject could confront the challenge posed by the rancid politics of our time
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Audio: Beowulf - Translated and Read by Seamus Heaney: Part 1 of 2

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon. - HighBridge Audio
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RODDY DOYLE shortlisted for the 2013 Carnegie Meda

RODDY DOYLE shortlisted for the 2013 Carnegie Meda | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

RODDY DOYLE has been shortlisted for the 2013 Carnegie Medal for his children's novel A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL. The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children & this year's winner will be announced on 13 June.

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Dairena Ní Chinnéide - Poem "The Day the Blaskets Were Stolen" read in Irish and English

Dairena Ní Chinnéide reading her poem "The Day the Blaskets Were Stolen" in Irish and English. Event at the Irish Cultural Center at Elms College, March 5, 2...
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Frank O'Connor Research Website

Frank O'Connor Research Website | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Writers’ blocks: ‘The book I am working on has much of the punctuation rinsed out of it’

Writers’ blocks: ‘The book I am working on has much of the punctuation rinsed out of it’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Writers can be their own worst critics, so what do they most loathe about their work, and what do they wish they could that they can’t?
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Julian Gough: Jude in London

Julian Gough: Jude in London | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The second instalment in a trilogy, after Jude in Ireland , this novel sees our orphan hero travel across the sea to find his true love, chip-shop girl Angela, meeting eccentric characters along the way. These often provide mirth as well as topicality, as in Jude’s exploration of the banking crisis with a goat trader from Somaliland. Jude’s lack of guile means he lands in some very odd situations: teetering on an iceberg in the Irish Sea, cycling down a hadron collider and being harassed into writing a new Ulysses .

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Horsepower – John O’Connell / My Father Perceived as a Vision of St Francis – Paula Meehan | The Poetry Project

Horsepower – John O’Connell / My Father Perceived as a Vision of St Francis – Paula Meehan  |   The Poetry Project | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
for Brendan Kennelly

 

It was the piebald horse in next door’s garden
frightened me out of a dream
with her dawn whinny. I was back
in the boxroom of the house,
my brother’s room now,
full of ties and sweaters and secrets.
Bottles chinked on the doorstep,
the first bus pulled up to the stop.
The rest of the house slept

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Guardian Books podcast: Irish writers for St Patrick's Day

Guardian Books podcast: Irish writers for St Patrick's Day | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Draw up a chair and celebrate St Patrick's Day with readings from WB Yeats, Bernard Shaw, Sean O'Casey and Liam O'Flaherty
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Book of Kells Now Free to View Online

Book of Kells Now Free to View Online | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
As part of the general celebration of St Patrick's Day at Trinity, we would like to announce that the Book of Kells in its entirety is now viewable in the Library’s new Digital Collections online r...
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Irish identity is work of art not political expediency - Colum McCann

Irish identity is work of art not political expediency  - Colum McCann | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
We must not take refuge in easy St Patrick's Day clichés. Instead we must forge an imaginative shared future
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Fifty years of ‘The Barracks’

Fifty years of ‘The Barracks’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

John McGahern’s first novel, The Barracks , was published 50 years ago, thus marking the arrival of one of Ireland’s most significant writers of the latter half of the20th century. The following year, 1964, saw the book awarded the prestigious Macauley Fellowship, which allowed McGahern to avail of a one-year sabbatical from his teaching duties in Scoil Eoin Baiste in Clontarf.

The critical response to the novel was largely enthusiastic. Anthony Burgess, in a review that appeared in the Observer on March 9th, 1963, noted that nobody “has caught so well the peculiar hopelessness of contemporary Ireland”.

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Literary Festival Galway | Irish Literature | Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Literary Festival Galway | Irish Literature | Cúirt International Festival of Literature | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Cúirt International Festival of Literature Galway. Ireland's premier literary festival.

 

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Audio: Beowulf - Translated and Read by Seamus Heaney: Part 2 of 2

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near th...
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Inchicore Haiku by Michael Hartnett Read by Alan Cooke - Aka Wild Irish Poet

A beautiful haunting poem about Dublin by one of Irelands most brilliant and haunted poets www.wildirishpoet.com
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Beyond the Flock – Aideen Barry / A fhir dar fhulaingeas – Máire Mhac an tSaoi | The Poetry Project

Beyond the Flock – Aideen Barry / A fhir dar fhulaingeas – Máire Mhac an tSaoi  |   The Poetry Project | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A fhir dar fhulaingeas gr aacute f eacute r uacute n Feasta f oacute gra iacute m an clabhs uacute r D oacute thanach den
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Irish Poet returns to Corner Brook for March Hare

Irish Poet returns to Corner Brook for March Hare | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
CORNER BROOK  John Ennis has become somewhat of a regular figure in the March Hare.
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Archaeologists hope to uncover secrets at James Joyce's house in Fairview

Archaeologists hope to uncover secrets at James Joyce's house in Fairview | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Archaeologists from the National Museum are excavating an ash pit at the rear of a house in which James Joyce and his family …
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Rich, strange journeys to the real

Rich, strange journeys to the real | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Macdara Woods deploys maximum security in patrolling many – though not all – border crossings into his poetic domain
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