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Writers reveal the books they couldn't put down - Independent.ie

Writers reveal the books they couldn't put down - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Fellow authors choose their favourite reads, including crime thrillers, biographies and history
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Patrick Kavanagh's Advent: unifying the miraculous with the banal

Patrick Kavanagh's Advent: unifying the miraculous with the banal | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Irish author's awkwardly beautiful Christmas poem plays with shape and rhyme in unexpected ways
At first you could almost imagine that the speaker in this week's poem, Advent by Patrick Kavanagh, is Adam, addressing Eve some while after the Fall.
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The Letter That Changed the Course of Modern Fiction

The Letter That Changed the Course of Modern Fiction | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A hundred years ago, Ezra Pound wrote a letter to the struggling and largely unpublished James Joyce offering to help him—and set in motion a literary revolution.
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A Reluctant Subject: Portraits of Samuel Beckett

A Reluctant Subject: Portraits of Samuel Beckett | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
For photographers, Beckett was an especially appealing subject.
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Sister in the shadows

Sister in the shadows | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
O’Brien Press continues its impressive revival of the Brandon imprint with Mary Morrissy’s first novel in more than a decade. The Rising of Bella Casey is the imaginative afterlife of an historical person, not the first time Morrissy has constructed such a fiction. The Pretender is the postmodern tale of a Polish factory worker who claimed to have been the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Morrissy’s new book partakes of a related tradition: a fictive life of a family member who was a satellite to a great writer. We’ve had Rameau’s Niece, by Cathleen Schine, and several incarnations of Shakespeare’s sister, so why not an Irish entry into the genre?
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Seamus Heaney remembered by Polly Devlin

Seamus Heaney remembered by Polly Devlin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The sister-in-law of the great Irish poet and Nobel laureate recalls his fine-grained intelligence, his generosity, humour – and the time he rustled up a perfect poem on demand • Moe Tucker on Lou Reed, Greg Dyke on David Frost, Irvine Welsh on...
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FAITH HEALER and THE GOOD THIEF Set for Stark Naked Theatre's Third Season, Beg. 1/24

FAITH HEALER and THE GOOD THIEF Set for Stark Naked Theatre's Third Season, Beg. 1/24 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Stark Naked Theatre Company has announced its upcoming productions as well as the theatre's 2nd annual New Year's Eve Gala.
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The Steward of Christendom: Theater Review - The Hollywood ...

The Steward of Christendom: Theater Review - The Hollywood ... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Bottom Line. Wan drama of Irish independence through the raving perceptions of a former head cop under the British Crown, hoisted by the charisma of star Brian Dennehy.
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Sister Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM, Selected for Irish Education 100 ...

Sister Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM, Selected for Irish Education 100 ... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
As an accomplished author, Sister Marie Hubert has written extensively on Irish-related themes including a book, Kerry Playwright: Spirit of Place in the Plays of John B. Keane in 1993; a chapter dedicated to John B.
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New award honouring Irish writers worth €150,000

New award honouring Irish writers worth €150,000 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Laureate for Irish Fiction will get sum over three-year term
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Five Remarkable Poetry Collections from 2013

Five Remarkable Poetry Collections from 2013 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Originally published in Rí- Rá in The Irish Post, Thursday December 12th, 2013 Loath as I am to pick just five books, here are some collections of original poems from poets writing in the English l...
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Irish Theatre Highlights 2013

Irish Theatre Highlights 2013 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Ordinarily at this time of year we get lots of reviews of the year for fiction, film, sport and so on – but we have not (yet) had one for Irish theatre. So, if only to get a conversation going, I t...
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Neil Jordan: the day I saw the generous side of Seamus Heaney

Neil Jordan: the day I saw the generous side of Seamus Heaney | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
At a grand dinner many years ago, Heaney made a nice gesture in honour of my father, who had recently died
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Samuel Beckett in Conversation (Rare Recording) | A Piece of Monologue: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism

The above clip is taken from Ross Lipman's NotFilm, an upcoming documentary that explores the making of Samuel Beckett's only motion picture feature, Film. The documentary shows a range of rare archival materials, including original photography from location searches, rarely glimpsed scenes, and extremely rare audio recordings of the writer himself in dialogue with director Alan Schneider (only around five recordings of Beckett's voice are known to exist).

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The Poetry Society (Podcasts)

The Poetry Society (Podcasts) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Colette Bryce and Maurice Riordan discuss "omphalos", the place central to the poet's imaginative world in our latest podcast

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Poetry review: Chance by John Saunders

Poetry review: Chance by John Saunders | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Chance by John Saunders Chance by John Saunders New Binary Press, 80pp, €8. ISBN 978-0-9574661-7-3 John Saunders has secrets to tell and his second collection, Chance, which follows 2010’s After the Accident, confirms Saunders’ abilities to zoom-...
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Niamh Boyce: The Irish Examiner's Best Books of 2013

Niamh Boyce: The Irish Examiner's Best Books of 2013 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Irish Examiner has published their list of the Best Books of 2013 today which includes The Infatuations by Hamish Hamilton, Madd Addam by Margaret Atwood, Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, Town and Country edited by Kevin Barry, Downturn Abbey...
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Small Talk: Donal Ryan - FT.com

Small Talk: Donal Ryan - FT.com | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Born in the village of Newtown in Tipperary, Donal Ryan studied civil engineering at the University of Limerick before becoming a civil servant. He later completed a law degree.
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Race on to find Irish author with the write stuff for new €150000 award - Irish Independent

Race on to find Irish author with the write stuff for new €150000 award - Irish Independent | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Race on to find Irish author with the write stuff for new €150000 award
Irish Independent
"It is about recognising excellence," Mr Toibin told the Irish Independent.
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Major collection of Irish historic documents from 1600’s goes online-features works by famed writers such as Pádraig Pearse, Seosamh MacGrianna and Pádraic Ó Conair

Major collection of Irish historic documents from 1600’s goes online-features works by famed writers such as Pádraig Pearse, Seosamh MacGrianna and Pádraic Ó Conair | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Major collection of Irish historic documents from 1600’s goes online
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‘a kind of Desert Island Discs’ John McAuliffe reviews Derek Mahon’s Echo’s Grove

‘a kind of Desert Island Discs’  John McAuliffe reviews Derek Mahon’s Echo’s Grove | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Recycling preoccupations and obsessions Derek Mahon’s introduction to Echo’s Grove (Gallery, €22.50/ €13.90), his collected translations, describes how he looks for “affinities of idea, shape and atmosphere” between his work and the work of those...
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