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Michael Longley: Poet to be honoured with freedom of Belfast

Michael Longley: Poet to be honoured with freedom of Belfast | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The acclaimed poet Michael Longley is to be granted the freedom of his native city of Belfast on Monday.
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Hugh McFadden's curator insight, March 24, 4:15 PM

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A switch from sculpture proves author Sara Baume's got the write stuff

A switch from sculpture proves author Sara Baume's got the write stuff | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sara Baume traded sculpting for writing and hasn''t looked back.
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The Days of Surprise by Paul Durcan - RTE.ie

The Days of Surprise by Paul Durcan - RTE.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A Paul Durcan poem featured on the recent shortlist for A Poem For Ireland, itself a measure of his immense popularity in this country.
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Grand Finale Part 1 - Billy O'Callaghan reads - Lennox Robinson Lit Fest 2015 - YouTube

The 2015 Lennox Robinson Literary Festival's closing event took place in St. Luke's Church Douglas, on the 1st March 2015. The event saw readings by Billy O'...
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the lovely uselessness of poetry - Leontia Flynn

the lovely uselessness of poetry - Leontia Flynn | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
For World Poetry Day 2015. The freedom and the lovely uselessness of poetry is its whole point. ~ Leontia Flynn My parents were raised in rural County Derry, Heaney country, where they learned to b...
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Book collectors: James Joyce-The Mime of Mick, Nick and the Maggies

Book collectors: James Joyce-The Mime of Mick, Nick and the Maggies | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Here’s an Irish book to watch for this month.
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Review: 'Young Skins' vividly captures small town Ireland - Kansas City Star

Review: 'Young Skins' vividly captures small town Ireland - Kansas City Star | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Colin Barrett’s heralded short story collection, “Young Skins,” teems with carefully drawn characters struggling to get by.
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John Boyne pens new Second World War novel

John Boyne pens new Second World War novel | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Penguin Random House Children’s will this autumn publish a new Second World War novel from John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
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Frank O'Connor Childhood Tales:God Bless the Child review – perfectly judged humour

Frank O'Connor Childhood Tales:God Bless the Child review – perfectly judged humour | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Lyric, Belfast Frank O’Connor’s hilarious childhood tales are beautifully adapted for the stageThree grown men in shorts in a primary school classroom, plus three interweaving accounts of children fathoming the world, equals a surprising...
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Savage Indignation: Irish satire in the 20th century

Savage Indignation: Irish satire in the 20th century | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Satirical magazine The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly took a wry look at the political landscape of early 20th century Ireland.
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Eavan Boland reviews On Elizabeth Bishop, by Colm Tóibín

Eavan Boland reviews On Elizabeth Bishop, by Colm Tóibín | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sometimes a radical poet has to wait for a radical critic. She has found one
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Theo Dorgan reads from NINE BRIGHT SHINERS - YouTube

Theo Dorgan reads from 'Nine Bright Shiners' (Dedalus Press, 2015) winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2015
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Poem of the week: Landscape by John Hewitt

Poem of the week: Landscape by John Hewitt | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
This unusual sonnet reminds the reader to appreciate the utilitarian and social dimensions of the natural world as well as its aesthetic beauty
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Classical Music: The odd imbalance of 'Ten Thousand Miles Away', and the ... - Irish Times

Classical Music: The odd imbalance of 'Ten Thousand Miles Away', and the ... - Irish Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Royal Irish Academy of Music’s collaborative concert was strong on Irish writers but weak on our composers
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Young Skins author  Colin Barrett brings ‘singular voice in contemporary fiction’ to East Coast

Young Skins author  Colin Barrett brings ‘singular voice in contemporary fiction’ to East Coast | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish writer Colin Barrett, winner of the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, will be in Massachusetts and other East locations over the next two weeks for readings and signings to support his lyrical short story collection Young...
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'Literary Jury Duty': Why Reviewing Matters - Afric McGlinchey

'Literary Jury Duty': Why Reviewing Matters - Afric McGlinchey | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Nominations for the next Saboteur Awards will open on 1st April. As we look towards them, here is what Afric McGlinchey, runner up in last year's Best Reviewer Award, has to say about the award and...
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Beckett in Love by Fintan O'Toole

Beckett in Love by Fintan O'Toole | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Beckett’s sense of humor might have been gratified by the joke that contemporary culture is playing on him, making his enactments of futility themselves futile by reading them as cheerleaders’ chants. And he would have recognized the ironies involved in this transformation of wretchedness into celebration, for he faced them in his own lifetime, not least in the years after the utterly unexpected success of Waiting for Godot in the mid-1950s, which brought him money and fame. Success was not what Beckett had bargained for.
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Migration and remembering the family priest burning cousin Edna's book

Migration and remembering the family priest burning cousin Edna's book | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
When Denis Sampson was a boy, growing up on a lakeside farm in Co Clare, he became aware that his much older cousin, Edna O'Brien, had written a scandalous book.
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More Than a Bookshop Cathal Kavanagh speaks to Books Upstairs and ... - The University Times

More Than a Bookshop Cathal Kavanagh speaks to Books Upstairs and ... - The University Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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More Than a Bookshop Cathal Kavanagh speaks to Books Upstairs and ...
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There has always been a commitment to the best of not only Irish, but international writing here, in whatever form it may take.
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Radio Interview: Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary

Radio Interview: Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Eimear O’Callaghan, author of Belfast Days ‪joined Midweek presenter Libby Purves last Wednesday (18 March) to talk about her enlightening teenage diary written at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
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Poem of the Week: John Montague’s “At Last”

Poem of the Week: John Montague’s “At Last” | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
We are drawn to John Montague’s poem “At Last” for its tale of reunion and the sense of readjustment to what once was familiar, which the speaker suggests through the images of Ireland and the relationship between the father and son.
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Carlo Gébler: writing matters so it should be venerated, not devalued - Irish Times

Carlo Gébler: writing matters so it should be venerated, not devalued - Irish Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
‘Writers have a huge responsibility because, quite literally, albeit incrementally, the things they write, once they’re read, change the character of their readers, for ever’
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John Boyne-The Sunday Edition CBC

John Boyne-The Sunday Edition CBC | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Irish writer John Boyne is best-known for his Holocaust novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. His latest novel, A History of Loneliness, is his first set in his home country. It's a lacerating account of the trauma inflicted on Ireland by priests who sexually abused children, and by the Catholic Church's cover-up of those crimes.
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Festival of Writing and Ideas 2015 - Borris House Co.Carlow

Festival of Writing and Ideas 2015 - Borris House Co.Carlow | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas will take place from the 5th-7th of June 2015.
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