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Book worm: RTE's silly poetry game

Book worm: RTE's silly poetry game | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
So what will turn out to be the nation's favourite poem? Perhaps it will be be 'Filleadh ar an gCathair' by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, of whom I'd never heard until RTÉ announ
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Hugh McFadden's curator insight, February 9, 2015 3:48 PM

RTE's 'parlour game is neither one thing or the other (neither'mickling nor muckling') since the RTE panelover-ruled the voting system and chose their own 'Top Ten' out of all the poems voted for by the public ... 

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Poems from 'Her Father's Daughter' by Nessa O'Mahony

Poems from 'Her Father's Daughter' by Nessa O'Mahony | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Waiting Room   The rules for survival: don’t catch an eye on the first day, look away if their blank grief grazes over you.   If still here the next, permit a faint smile, a nod to a fellow travell...
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Paula Meehan:Poem of the Week: “Swallows and Willows”

Paula Meehan:Poem of the Week: “Swallows and Willows” | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In Dharmakaya, Paula Meehan creates a beautiful poem, highlighting the parallels between her own Irish voice, and the voice of one of America’s most commemorated female poets–Sylvia Plath.
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Smock Alley Theatre posts loss despite rise in bar sales

Smock Alley Theatre posts loss despite rise in bar sales | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Box office sales slump by more than half on previous year
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Irish Theatre Awards: the show that shaped me

Irish Theatre Awards: the show that shaped me | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Peter Crawley asks nominees for this year’s ‘Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Awards about a key performance or piece of theatre that influenced their artistic outlook
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And So It Is by Peadar O'Donaghue

And So It Is by Peadar O'Donaghue | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
An online literary magazine of literature, visual arts and non fiction based in Mexico City.
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Owen McCafferty - Death of a Comedian

Owen McCafferty - Death of a Comedian | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Owen McCafferty on his new play at the Lyric Theatre, refusing to dumb down for the big bucks and why we should all give Russell Brand a break
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One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon review – an intricate tour de force

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon review – an intricate tour de force | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Poems that are the textual equivalent of a high-wire act, with juggling. No one does it better
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Listen: "Spill Simmer Falter Wither" by Sara Baume

Listen: "Spill Simmer Falter Wither" by Sara Baume | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Short story writer Sara Baume talks about her debut novel “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” (published by Tramp Press)
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Berlin lives with a brutal backdrop

Berlin lives with a brutal backdrop | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Audrey Magee’s impressive debut, long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014, depicts the horror of life on the Eastern Front. Anna Carey reviews it and sets some questions for Book Club readers to ponder. Also, watch a video of the author discussing her work
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The Irish Times Book Club-Audrey Magee's The Undertaking

The Irish Times Book Club-Audrey Magee's The Undertaking | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Join the Irish Times Book Club to discuss literature, books and writing styles with your favourite authors and fellow readers
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Anu issue 29/ A New Ulster

The latest issue of Northern Ireland's literary and arts magazine featuring the works of Marcus Strider Jones, Helen Harrison, P D Lyons, Marie Lecrivain Judith Thurley and Marion Clarke.
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The only ever filmed interview of Flann O'Brien...

The only ever filmed interview of Flann O'Brien... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Ce que vous vous apprêtez à voir est un document assez rare.  Il s'agit du seul interview connu de Brian O'Nolan (alias Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen, Brother Barnabas, George Knowall ou peu im...
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Hugh McFadden's curator insight, February 7, 2015 6:37 AM

'Yer man', Myles/ Flann, 'The Brother's' brother 

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Short stories from Dubliner Andrew Fox: The ever so subtle art of the glimpse

Short stories from Dubliner Andrew Fox: The ever so subtle art of the glimpse | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Another week, another book of Irish short stories - and this is despite the commonly accepted wisdom that there's no market for story collections by new authors, and that what's wanted
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Charlie Byrne's hosts reading from Fiction Laureate Anne - Connacht Tribune Group

Charlie Byrne's hosts reading from Fiction Laureate Anne - Connacht Tribune Group | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Ireland’s first ever Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright read to a full house in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in the City on Sunday – the event in Galway was one of the first ‘official’ gigs
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'It takes courage to be a writer' - Listowel Writers' Week opens for entries - Irish Independent

'It takes courage to be a writer' - Listowel Writers' Week opens for entries - Irish Independent | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Listowel has become one of the literary capitals of Ireland with its annual writers’ week – the longest running literary festival in Ireland.
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Irish writers writ large for Limerick Literary Festival - Limerick Post

Irish writers writ large for Limerick Literary Festival - Limerick Post | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Closing date for Sunday February 22, Edna O'Brien THE Limerick Literary Festival will unfold its leaves from Friday February 20 to Sunday 22 with novelist Joe O'Connor launching the three day event at 69 O'Connell Street.
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Brian J. Showers.com - The Passing of Le Fanu


Dear Lord Dufferin

I write a line to tell you of our terrible loss. My darling father died on Friday morning [7 Feb.] at 6 o'Clock. He had almost got over a bad attack of Bronchitis but his strength gave way & he sank very quickly & died in his sleep. His face looks so happy with a beautiful smile on it. We were quite unprepared for the end. My brother Philip & I never left him during his illness & we were hopeful and happy about him even the day before he seemed to be much better. But it comforts me to think he is in Heaven, for no one could have been better than he was. He lived only for us, and his life was a most troubled one. I know you will feel this Dear Lord Dufferin. He loved you very much and very often spoke of you.

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Paul Muldoon and Nicholas Carr – books podcast

Paul Muldoon and Nicholas Carr – books podcast | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon on the ways in which modern life is intruding on to poetry, plus Nicholas Carr on the perils of automation
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Review of Theo Dorgan's new collection -The Better Truth

Review of Theo Dorgan's new collection -The Better Truth | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Theo Dorgan’s new collection contains many moving elegies for lost friends but also some of the most moving and beautiful love poems written by any poet writing in English over the last few decades.
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Spill Simmer Falter Wither, by Sara Baume: Greatness already evident

Spill Simmer Falter Wither, by Sara Baume: Greatness already evident | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Joseph O’Connor says this powerful debut novel is outstanding and exciting
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A reading by Paul Durcan of his poem ‘Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin’.

A reading by Paul Durcan of his poem ‘Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin’. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
From the RTÉ Archives, a reading by Paul Durcan of his poem ‘Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin’. The poet performs to a studio audience
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Hugh McFadden's curator insight, February 8, 2015 7:05 PM

Third or fourth best poem in this list of 10?