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Frances Alexander: Irish Woman Poet

Frances Alexander: Irish Woman Poet | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (1818 - 1895) was a Dublin-born poet and hymnist whose book Hymns for Little Children was hugely popular with Anglicans worldwide. Her output included All Creature...
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Variety: Jessica Chastain's 'Secret Scripture' Set to Shoot in May in Ireland

Variety: Jessica Chastain's 'Secret Scripture' Set to Shoot in May in Ireland | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Voltage Pictures is coming on board for international sales at Berlin for Irish drama "The Secret Scripture" with  Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave attached to star. Noel Pearson ("My Left Foo...
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Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland» Lime Tree Theatre – one year on

Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland» Lime Tree Theatre – one year on | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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The Weir – review

The Weir – review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Wyndham's theatre, London
Four men entertain a woman with ghost stories in Josie O'Rourke's unsettling production of Conor McPherson's masterpiece
Fairy stories abound in Conor McPherson's 1997 masterpiece, but not the kind you tell your children.
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What might James Joyce have made of 21st-century Scottish independence?

What might James Joyce have made of 21st-century Scottish independence? | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Scotland's current political situation – not unlike Ireland's early-1900s Home Rule movement – would certainly have held his attention, writes Richard Barlow
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Asolo Rep restaging 'Philadelphia, Here I Come' after author's complaint

Asolo Rep restaging 'Philadelphia, Here I Come' after author's complaint | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Director Frank Galati is restoring intermissions, three characters and some dialogue to satisfy playwright Irish Brian Friel.
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Editor’s choice: Oscar Wilde’s Gaiety Theatre lecture from November 1883

Editor’s choice: Oscar Wilde’s Gaiety Theatre lecture from November 1883 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
From the Archive: Oscar Wilde’s Gaiety Theatre lecture from November 1883
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A fistful of fine family stories

A fistful of fine family stories | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Can sit comfortably on the short-story shelf next to James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’
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Northern Irish writers to share half of £60,000 bursary fund

Northern Irish writers to share half of £60,000 bursary fund | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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National Literacy Week: Why I Read by Jules Keenan

National Literacy Week: Why I Read by Jules Keenan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

A lot of people have come to me, asking how I can read so much, or saying they hate reading, and only read when they have to. They can’t seem to understand what literature can do to a person. They don’t comprehend what a good book can do.

Great books, especially old ones with thick, yellowing, pages, open doors to us, which could never have been opened otherwise. 

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Who Are James Joyce's Modern Heirs? - New York Times

Who Are James Joyce's Modern Heirs? - New York Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Who Are James Joyce's Modern Heirs? New York Times Few declarations of aesthetic autonomy have resonated more in the last century than Stephen Dedalus's in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”: “You talk to me of nationality, language,...
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Irish Writers In America - Paul Muldoon - Writing Advice

Paul Muldoon offers suggestions on how to go about writing a book of poetry. See more "Irish Writers in America" on CUNY TV: http://www.cuny.tv/show/irishwri...
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Irish Writers In America - Paul Muldoon- Disliking Poetry

Paul Muldoon talks about the problems with how poetry is commonly taught to young people. See more "Irish Writers in America" on CUNY TV: http://www.cuny.tv/...
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On his birthday!: James Joyce and birthdays - OUPblog

On his birthday!: James Joyce and birthdays - OUPblog | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
By Finn Fordham Joyce was obsessed with birthdays. Today, February 2nd, is his. An emerging secular saint’s day, it will be remembered and alluded to round the world - especially in Dublin - in the corners of newspapers and pubs, in blogs (like this one), tweets and the odd talk. Born in 1882, Joyce’s cake - if he could have one, let alone eat it - would have a hundred and thirty one candles; a hundred years ago, therefore, he would have been celebrating his 31st birthday. The image of candles is suitable, since Joyce’s birthday fell on ‘Candlemas’, a holy day which commemorates Christ’s first appearance in a synagogue with his mother, forty days after his birth, in part by the lighting of candles.
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Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland » About TYA-Ireland

Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland » About TYA-Ireland | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Ireland's Most Under-Rated Dramatist?

Ireland's Most Under-Rated Dramatist? | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
I was in Belfast last week to launch our new academy with Druid Theatre, and while there I was lucky to be given a copy of a publication that will be really exciting for anyone who's interested in ...
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Lost innocence in a forgotten Belfast - Independent.ie

Lost innocence in a forgotten Belfast - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
If we are to believe everything we read, these are dark times for the publishing industry, in Ireland as much as everywhere else. We've seen what happened to the music industry in the w
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Nonfiction Book Review: The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham.

Nonfiction Book Review: The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In this exultant literary history and nonfiction debut, Harvard lecturer Birmingham recounts the remarkable publication saga of Ulysses, often considered the greatest novel of the 20th century. Even b
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Maighread Medbh | Pagan to the Core

Maighread Medbh | Pagan to the Core | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Pagan to the Core is a new edition of my first collection, together with a hitherto unpublished sequence of eighteen poems. The title of my first book was suggested by my then partner and still friend, Gerry McGovern, who has gone on to become a major Internet guru. The word paganus originally meant 'rustic', 'villager', 'non-combatant', as opposed to miles, 'soldier'. In Christian Latin, it meant non-Christian, non-Jewish. So I suppose you could say it existed as a negative designation: 's/he who is not us'. The Making of a Pagan was an appropriate title for a book that followed, in spotlighted snatches, the trajectory of my awareness up to then. While most of the poems tell immediate sense impressions, the book was written at a time when I was sensitive to political powerplay, so there is comment, some angry. Style-wise, the effort is to reflect in form and sound the event presented. There are one or two poems in there that I wouldn't write now, but they exist, and so much is history. The second part of Pagan to the Core, a new sequence entitled 'The Disaffected Country Girl and a Minor Metropolis', revisits the territory of the earlier book, but with a different, cooler eye. Most of these poems arose from a commission for the literary festival, Imram, a few years ago. I was asked to write about Dublin, and found that I could only do so by tracking my journey there from what I suppose was also a minor rusticity in this miniature country.

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Move over, Obama. Now Maryland’s governor quotes from Colum McCann

Move over, Obama. Now Maryland’s governor quotes from Colum McCann | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The intrepid Len Lazarick of the Maryland Reporter tracked O’Malley down to discover that he had not just lifted the quotation, but that McCann had actually helped him write the speech. The two first met in 2002 when they shared a table at Esquire magazine’s “The Best and the Brightest” in the nation awards dinner and became friends.

McCann, who is now based in New York, said of O’Malley last year: “I have great hope for this country because we have somebody like governor O’Malley,” citing his stance on gun control. “And he can sing too. I can’t. I do, but I can’t.”

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Marina Carr is first John McGahern writer in residence at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and DCU

Marina Carr is first John McGahern  writer in residence at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and DCU | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Mourning Tongues: How Auden Was Modified in the Guts of the Living -In Memory of W. B. Yeats

Mourning Tongues: How Auden Was Modified in the Guts of the Living -In Memory of W. B. Yeats | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
One of the most extraordinary elegiac conversations of our time.
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Interview: Lisa Dwan on taking Beckett’s most obscure works to the West End | Spoonfed Blog

Interview: Lisa Dwan on taking Beckett’s most obscure works to the West End | Spoonfed Blog | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Remembering Seamus Heaney in Arizona seems fitting - IrishCentral

Remembering Seamus Heaney in Arizona seems fitting - IrishCentral | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Perhaps she was in the audience on Friday evening, the reporter who had asked me if I thought you had to be Irish to appreciate Seamus Heaney's poetry.
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Irish Writers: Malachy McCourt & Joseph O'Neill

This episode of "Irish Writers in America," a new 13 part series from CUNY TV (City University of New York television station), features interviews with Mala...
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