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McCann, Tóibín, Ryan are Irish authors on Booker longlist

McCann, Tóibín, Ryan are  Irish authors on Booker longlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Thirteen books in the running for prestigious literary prize

 

Three Irish authors have been nominated in the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, it was announced today.

Colum McCann , Colm Tóibín and Donal Ryan have all written fiction on the list of 13 which make up the “most diverse longlist” in Booker history, according to the judges.

McCann’s Transatlantic, Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary and Ryan’s The Spinning Heart are all on the longlist for prestigious fiction award.

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Eimear McBride: ‘I really didn’t want to write about this’

Eimear McBride: ‘I really didn’t want to write about this’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The writer’s exceptional debut novel, about family, emigration and death, echoes her life – but it almost didn’t get published
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Our national literary heritage is safe in the hands of these writers

Town & Country -

New Irish Short

Stories

Kevin Barry (ed)

Faber €12.99

Over the past 70 years or so, various masters of the short story – including Frank O' Connor, Sean O'Faolain, and John McGahern – have all tried to explain why the Irish seem to excel so brilliantly in the realm of short fiction.

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It is alleged, rightly or wrongly, that the Irish were the last people in Europe to have a written language. Yet we excel in story telling, both orally and in writing, and in someone else's language. A magnificent achievement indeed.
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Grimoires: New Publications by The Poetry Bus

Grimoires: New Publications by The Poetry Bus | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

A Grimoire is a book of magic and what is more magical than poetry? So instead of producing a series of chapbooks we've opted to create something a bit more special.
 

Our first poet is Fíona Bolger and her Grimoire is called 'The Geometry of Love between the Elements'

 

A beautiful book of poems illustrated by Vani Vemparala and featuring translations into Irish, Polish and Tamil by Antain Mac Lochlainn, Aleksandra Kubiak and R.Vatsala respectively

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Kate O'Shea reads at the Out To Lunch Readings

Kate O'Shea reads at the Out To Lunch Readings in The Bank of Ireland in Foster Place.
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BBC Radio 3 - Colm Tóibín discusses the impact of Webern's music on creative writing.

BBC Radio 3 - Colm Tóibín discusses the impact of Webern's music on creative writing. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish novelist Colm Tóibín discusses the impact of Webern's music on creative writing.
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Poetry Ireland Introductions Readings Series 1

Extracts from the first series of Poetry Ireland Introductions Readings given at the Irish Writers' Centre, Dublin, on Thursday 30th May, featuring poets Ste...
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Salmon Poetry Audio/Video | Dear Leo by Richard W. Halperin

Dear Leo

Richard W. Halperin

 

Dear Leo, you haven’t written in a while, but honestly, I wasn’t expecting you to.  I hope you are well. Sometimes I hope you don’t remember me, because there was pain attached to that.I think pain may well outlive love, so best to forgetthe whole package. What do I hope for you, Leo? I hope you are the same kind of happy you werewhen you were playing cribbage, when you were playinggolf, when you were listening to Brahms...
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Maurice Riordan’s fourth collection, The Water Stealer - Tara Bergin’s first collection, This is Yarrow

Maurice Riordan’s fourth collection, The Water Stealer - Tara Bergin’s first collection, This is Yarrow | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Maurice Riordan’s fourth collection, The Water Stealer (Faber, £12.99), continues to mine the rich material that was at the heart of his outstanding 2007 collection, The Holy Land. Riordan is a thoughtful, enquiring poet and an impressive storyteller. The Lull, typically, freezes the frame of a particular and disorienting moment which shatters the veneer of daily routines:

 

that lull [when] no one can enter the world,
or leave it; the cars stand on the motorway, 
the greyhound’s legs are knotted above the track,
a missile is framed in mid-flight, no sound

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Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney and Charlie Higson to headline 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
3rd-8th September 2013
Various venues around Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum

Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney and Charlie Higson to headline 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

We in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are delighted to announce the lineup for the 2013 festival. Opening the festival will be the multi awarding winning Margaret Atwood who will read from the third book in her dystopian triology MaddAddam; Seamus Heaney is making a welcome return to the Poetry Now strand of the festival and Charlie Higson of the Fast Show will thrill younger audiences with his latest installment of zombie horror.

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Making Way, by Theo Dorgan

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Tom Harrington, 50-something and recently bereaved, is sailing on the Mediterranean. His boat is The Lon Dubh, a “Cheoy Lee, built in Hong Kong 1960. Thirty-six footer. Teak all the way, solid. Bronze fastenings, Oregon pine mast and boom.” The novel opens as Tom has a one-night stand with Christine in the harbour at Syracusa, on Sicily. The following day he meets up with another young woman, Clare Hogan, who goes aboard The Lon Dubh and stays. The owl and the pussycat go to sea.

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Paris, Beckett and Me

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John Calder, Samuel Beckett’s publisher and close friend, reflects on times spent together in their preferred city, the writer’s pessimism and generosity, and Paris today
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The impact of ‘A Portrait’ has waned for modern young men

The impact of ‘A Portrait’ has waned for modern young men | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, unveiling a plaque commemorating James Joyce in Nice, the estimable John Montague said something at once obvious and striking. Joyce, he said, “was the main influence on my boyhood. Any Irish Catholic boy who read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was changed completely.” The statement is obvious in the sense that Montague has written powerfully of Joyce’s influence on himself and his generation. In an incisive essay in The Figure in the Cave, he writes that “No one could overestimate the effects of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man on later Irish writers, from Austin Clarke to John McGahern. Or on the national psyche: many young Irishmen came to painful consciousness reading those corrosive pages. The Dublin of my student days was strewn with versions of Stephen Daedalus, including myself. . .”

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Máire Holmes - Soul Searching: Kavanagh’s sense of God

Máire Holmes - Soul Searching: Kavanagh’s sense of God | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Máire Holmes is author of JOY Selected Poems; Kenny’s Bookshop, Galway, and DÚRÚN (1988). Coiscéim, Dublin. She holds MA in writing from N.U.I.Galway, and Education Award in Psychology, Counselling...
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The Abbey Theatre on tour with new Irish writing | Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach

The Abbey Theatre on tour with new Irish writing | Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

This summer and autumn the Abbey Theatre is on tour showcasing three new Irish plays. From Tallaght, to Edinburgh, to New York, 52 performances of plays commissioned by the Abbey Theatre will be seen by national and international audiences in three different countries. This is in addition to the 40,000 people who have enjoyed over 180 performances at the Abbey Theatre already this year.

 
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The Reading Life: Jewel by Peadar O'Donoghue

The Reading Life: Jewel by Peadar O'Donoghue | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dublin inspires deep passion, Irish writers speak of it in hate filled rants but anyone but a fool can see the love behind this.  It is a family quarrel and the opinions of outsiders are not always real welcome.  For sure I see this ambivalence powerfully felt in Jewel.   The lead poem "Jewel" expresses this with its great closing line about a man staggering around Dublin drunk.  The Anna Liffey river is almost sacred to the Irish and there are layers of meaning in this poetry that I am sure go beyond me. There are numerous references to drinking and being drunk in these poems.  Is the drinking an escape, is it away of over coming the perceived emotional reticence of the Irish, do poets need to be drunk or high to find the courage to express their real feelings. 
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An Interview with Roddy Doyle -breac - University of Notre Dame

Roddy Doyle has, you could say, a knack for timing. His work throughout his nearly three decade career as writer and more specifically novelist is often if not always parallel, indicative, or even predictive of the contemporary state of affairs. While the Abbey produced Doyle’s version of Gogol’s The Government Inspector, the International Monetary Fund arrived as if on time for the performance, and similarly, Doyle's novel The Van paralleled the thrill and excitement of the World Cup.  He knows what’s going on—on the ground. One of the advantages he says of writing for Metro Éireann is that it has forced him “to stay awake and not slip into some notion that I know what street life in Dublin is like without having to venture out onto the streets.” The other likely reason for his good timing is his involvement in a community, whether through the non-profit organization Fighting Words 

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Seamus Heaney - 4 poems + 1 - at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris

Seamus Heaney - 13 June 2013 Irish College Paris Special evening with the poet In conjunction with the Périphérie du Marché de la Poésie a film by Séamas McS...
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Poetry Ireland Introductions Readings Series 2

Extracts from the second series of Poetry Ireland Introductions Readings given at the Irish Writers' Centre, Dublin, on Tuesday 4th June, featuring poets Cao...
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Salmon Poetry Audio/Video | There Was a Fire by John Kavanagh

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There Was a Fire

John Kavanagh

 

for Mette As we waved the Kirby’s off and the world whitenedinto the coldest winter for forty yearsthere was a fire in our house. You turned into it and the children’s shouts,fearlessly grabbing the spiked topof a blazing Christmas tree,sent fan winged golden angel flying,bulb and bauble bouncing,yanked through corridor and hallto hurl the flaming blossominto the star hardened night. 

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Wife and muse of poet Micheal O’Siadhail

Wife and muse of poet Micheal O’Siadhail | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Bríd O’Siadhail: Born: Feb 28th, 1942; died: June 17th, 2013

 

Bríd O’Siadhail (née Ní Chearbhaill), who was from Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal, lived most of her life in Dublin married to the poet Micheal O’Siadhail, and for some years as teacher and then principal in a city primary school.

Colleagues and former pupils all describe her as a superb and much-loved teacher. She taught in the national school in Killeshandra, Co Cavan before moving to Goldenbridge in Dublin. Later she became principal at Scoil Chaoimhín in Marlborough Street.

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Poems by John W Sexton

  

Bog Asphodel

Here I birth and here I am, tar water my start;
yet through the seeping space of bog
I erupt in yellow stars. Then nebulae
am I and I am a starnight of saffron.
Bog is the roof of the underworld,
where upside down the dead
walk with their feet shadowing the soles

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Little magazine (Other type)

Shaminder Singh's comment, July 26, 2013 5:33 AM
this is nice because it features new poems
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Poems by Brendan Cleary

 

Not Yet

for Michaella

hardly surprising
your Dad on the phone
explaining in graphic detail
the intricate laws of physics
when you say you’re convinced
if you persevere that is
in the madness & chaos & wind
eventually you’ll levitate

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