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The Write Stuff episode 1.2 - YouTube - Martin Malone

The Write Stuff's Jonathan O'Brien meets Kildare Author Martin Malone. Martin Malone is the author of five novels, a memoir, a short story collection, severa...
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Books: 'His death caught all our hearts off guard' - Irish Independent

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The night my Dad become English.... - A short story for the season by Joseph O'Connor

The night my Dad become English.... - A short story for the season by Joseph O'Connor | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In his youth, before he had to settle, my father was a part-time guitarist with a skiffle group, Lightning Johnny and the Thunderstorms, that had formed in Dublin when dad was in his te
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An exile's flights of the imagination - Irish Examiner

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Like many secular Irish writers of his generation, religion is a powerful force in MacLaverty's work.
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Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders

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Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders was first staged in Dublin in 1993, and is a play conceived from the playwright’s boyhood memories of a local shoemaker’s shop, a handful of songs he composed on a piano that was saved from a fire, his brother’s imagined showband, and the effect of three books he was reading at the time, including T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. With such an assortment of influences, it is no surprise that The Cavalcaders is teeming with endless twists and turns, and characters that harbour limitless levels of emotional turbulence beneath their seemingly mundane lives: a hairdresser, a shoe-maker and a shopkeeper. Decadent Theatre Company handles this composite play extremely well, unravelling the knots of the intricate plot with balanced but generous expression and intelligent discernment. On the twentieth anniversary of its first performance, this riskily elaborate play is produced in a fresh, bold and tidy fashion.
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▶ JP Donleavy - The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne - YouTube

This JP Donleavy Irish TV "The Meaning of Life" episode seemingly may not be downloaded, along with a few others on: http://www.rte.ie/tv/meaningoflife/playe...
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Censored Books: The Gingerman

The Ginger Man was a novel written by J.P Donleavy in 1955. Donleavy was born in America to Irish immigrant parents on the 23rd of April 1926. Always an independent thinker Donleavy admitted he was...
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Bernard MacLaverty: 'The short story is not a pint at the bar – it's having a dram of an evening to yourself'

Bernard MacLaverty: 'The short story is not a pint at the bar – it's having a dram of an evening to yourself' | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Northern Irish author talks about life during the Troubles and the importance of learning to weigh words
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Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales Coming in February 2014

Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales Coming in February 2014 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The collected edition, Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde coming out
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The Guts by Roddy Doyle - Paste Magazine

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Something in Ireland's mythic past turns stalwart, stone-faced men to misty-eyed mush.
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'Go Giants,' poems by Nick Laird - Washington Post

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Fortunately, that myth has since been exploded, and we can in large part thank Irish poets for the detonation.
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Los Angeles Review of Books - Rising Temperatures: Maggie O'Farrell's "Instructions for a Heatwave" -

Los Angeles Review of Books - Rising Temperatures: Maggie O'Farrell's "Instructions for a Heatwave" - | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Following one sprawling family over four days of searing temperatures in 1976 London, Instructions for a Heatwave – O'Farrell's sixth novel – is perhaps a perfect book.
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Living on the edge: Psychotic Episodes Alan McGonagle

Living on the edge: Psychotic Episodes Alan McGonagle | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Psychotic Episodes Alan McGonagleArlen House Psychotic Episodes is the second short-story collection from award-winning Sligo-born author, Alan McGonagle.
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Big News Day: Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014/ New Book - Jessica Traynor

I've just found out that I'm the 2014 recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, which is a shock, but the best kind of shock.I'm Harry Clifton's final nominee for the award before his tenur...
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Two Felines Interview Irish Author Kevin Barry

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Kevin Barry is an Irish writer. Irvine Welsh called his novel City of Bohane “the best thing to come out of Ireland since Ulysses.” He’s this year’s winner
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Roddy Doyle: gutsy performance or needs more commitment? – books podcast

Roddy Doyle: gutsy performance or needs more commitment? – books podcast | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
John Crace's satirical Digested read columns have become a Guardian institution, reducing the most newsworthy books of the year to an essential 600 words.
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Turning the page: the year ahead in books - Irish Times

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Turning the page: the year ahead in books Irish Times In fact there's a plethora of debuts from Irish writers next year, among them Audrey Magee's The Undertaking (Atlantic Books, February), Mark Mulholland's A Mad and Wonderful Thing (Scribe,...
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Three Monologues by Jennifer Johnston: Twinkletoes; Mustn't Forget High Noon; Christine

Three Monologues by Jennifer Johnston: Twinkletoes; Mustn't Forget High Noon; Christine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Read Irish Theatre Magazine for in-depth reviews of all Irish professional theatre productions.
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Turning the page: 2014’s exciting literary prospects - Emma Donohue, Colm Toibin

Even though following contemporary literature can feel like a game of perpetual catch-up, few at this time of year can resist the temptation to peek over the precipice to what the next year might hold.
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stories free us from the present - The Australian

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stories free us from the present
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This creative deliquescence is pronounced in the stories of Irish writer Bernard MacLaverty. Admittedly his earliest efforts, gathered in Secrets (1977), begin timidly.
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The departed: Seamus Heaney and Lou Reed, the cultural heroes I lost in 2013

The departed: Seamus Heaney and Lou Reed, the cultural heroes I lost in 2013 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The death of the Velvet Underground leader stole a musical icon, but that of the poet felt like a more personal loss
Two of my real, heart-held culture heroes died in 2013.
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Press Office » Leverhulme prize for Irish and English drama expert

Press Office » Leverhulme prize for Irish and English drama expert | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
James Moran, Associate Professor in the School of English has won a Leverhulme Prize for his outstanding work on 20th century Irish and English drama. His research is particularly concerned with analysing the local ...
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Christmas Day by Paul Durcan: delicate, courteous, cordial

Christmas Day by Paul Durcan: delicate, courteous, cordial | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Reader Claire McAlpine finds kindness and forgiveness in a book-length poem set on 'the feast of St Loneliness' This book-length poem is the antithesis of traditional Christmas cheer and will appeal to those who seek an escape from the kitsch and...
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