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The work-write balance: five authors talk about balancing the books

The work-write balance: five authors talk about balancing the books | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Never mind the pram in the hall, what about the day job? How do writers manage to create while working full-time to make ends meet? Sarah Bannan talks to four fellow authors
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How Fiction Grabs Readers In an Increasingly Distracted World-Kevin Barry

How Fiction Grabs Readers In an Increasingly Distracted World-Kevin Barry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The author Kevin Barry believes that audio storytelling and the human voice are key to drawing people in.
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An update on the gender-balance policy on behalf of the Board and Director of the Abbey Theatre | Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach

An update on the gender-balance policy on behalf of the Board and Director of the Abbey Theatre | Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Abbey Theatre is the national theatre of Ireland.
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Adrian Rice of the Belfast Boys tells the story of his latest poetry collection Hickory Station and reads selections from his books.

Adrian Rice of the Belfast Boys tells the story of Hickory Station and reads selections from his books.
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Bookish - Episode 4 - Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015, Kevin Barry

Bookish - Episode 4 - Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015, Kevin Barry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A bookish podcast about books featuring the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015, Kevin Barry, Jonathan Coe, book reviews, news and lots more.
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Watch: Dublin Seven author wanted summons for nothing

Watch: Dublin Seven author wanted summons for nothing | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
With his gritty debut novel Dublin Seven just published, author Frankie Gaffney has been telling TEN how there was one...
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'Essence' by Kate Dempsey

'Essence' by Kate Dempsey | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Essence   Do you get that smell? Sweet sour hops drift upwind, mists ripple the Liffey, ghost the quays, ruffle three buskers on O’Connell Street. Beshoff’s chip papers batter takeaway lattes.   Th...
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Andrew O'Hagan Reads Edna O'Brien - The New Yorker

Andrew O'Hagan Reads Edna O'Brien - The New Yorker | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Andrew O'Hagan joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss Edna O'Brien's "The Widow," from a 1989 issue of the magazine.
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Uimhir a Cúig | Remembering Dennis — Marie O’Driscoll with Poems by Dennis O’Driscoll

Uimhir a Cúig | Remembering Dennis — Marie O’Driscoll with Poems by Dennis O’Driscoll | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
then I carefully / placed it beneath / my darkened Christmas tree… // as gently as a coffin / lowered / to its / Place of rest…
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Safe by Celia de Fréine

Safe by Celia de Fréine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Níl Celia de Fréine faoi cheilt – a mhalairt ar fad – ach is léir go bhfuil a saothar drámatúil i nGaeilge teoranta mar gheall ar dheacrachtaí maoinithe. Bhí mé sa lucht féachána ag a dráma is nua, ‘Safe’, in Amharclann an Mhuilinn ar na mallaibh.
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'PEACEKEEPER' Poetry Collection by Michael J. Whelan to be published by Doire Press - 2016

'PEACEKEEPER' Poetry Collection by Michael J. Whelan to be published by Doire Press - 2016 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Ladies and Gents I am delighted to announce that my first full collection of published poems titled PEACEKEEPER, poems inspired by my tours of duty as a United Nations Peacekeeper with the Irish De...
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ROPES 2016: an ever-changing anthology - Latest News - Lagan Press

ROPES is an annual anthology edited and published by the students in the MA Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway. We speak to ROPES 2016 Project Manager Samantha Kelly about putting together the current edition.
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Poets invited to ring in 2016 with €10,000 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

Poets invited to ring in 2016 with €10,000 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
There’s nothing like a deadline to get the creative juices flowing, though a big prize helps too, writes Rebecca O’Connor, editor of the Moth magazine
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Mary Lee - Three Poems

Mary Lee - Three Poems | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Mary Lee’s poems have appeared in Skylight 47, Issues 4 & 5; Orbis, Volume 170; The Linnet’s Wings, Winter, 2014, Time of Singing, Vol. 41, 15; Crannog, Spring 2015; The Furrow, November, 2014 ...
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Poetry Originals #8: Geraldine O'Kane - Latest News - Lagan Press

Poetry Originals #8: Geraldine O'Kane - Latest News - Lagan Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Geraldine O'Kane brings us two poems exploring the idea of leave-taking and lasting images in our Poetry Originals series. I
love you this muchI have photographed and filedyour every smile;of all the lemon scented wordsI’ve written and read about you,I have given no indication thatin purging my body, fillingwhite pages with our reality,I am in fact making room inside myselfto slot in the spots of maternal lovethat spurt sporadically from you.Further proof of this;I cannot even considerthe thought of your passing.In cases wherethe notion flails across my mind,I instantly ask God for forgiveness,in case the thought alonecauses an avalanche of irrevocable damageto us both.The sicker and older you become,the more words I process;leaving an oversized room inside me,aching to be filled. This MorningAt 5 a.m. this morningI know you were a toasted marshmallow,melted under the covers in pink pyjamaswith black dots. Your hair,a sprawling arch across the pillow,fizzy with static as it always is.But now I am on the plane.I realise if I were never to see you again,this image would never hold up;for I never saw you, I gave you no last look, 'have a safe trip'' or 'see you soon',just 'goodbye'.
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Art versus War: an Irish writer in Paris takes heart from a city of culture

Art versus War: an Irish writer in Paris takes heart from a city of culture | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Evelyn Conlon: ‘Art allows us – dares us – to let the imagination take the reins, wander to the edge of time or wherever suggests an answer ... to lift us out of the political maelstrom’
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Books - Best reads of 2015: Christmas gift ideas for bookworms...

Books - Best reads of 2015: Christmas gift ideas for bookworms... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The movie adaptation of Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel Brooklyn made deserved headlines this year, but there was no new fiction from the author. However, there were arresting no
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Broadside: What a state that women have been written out of Irish theatre

Broadside: What a state that women have been written out of Irish theatre | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Emer O’Toole: If a nation’s canon is almost exclusively dominated by white male voices, what does that tell you about that nation?
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CBC: The best female writers from Ireland you've never heard of

CBC: The best female writers from Ireland you've never heard of | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Michael speaks with Irish broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson about her new book "The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers."
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Danielle McLaughlin cracks her whip

Danielle McLaughlin cracks her whip | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dinosaurs on Other Planets is a story of loss and opposites, writer Ethel Rohan suggests. Themes of distance, grief and the desire for connection are conveyed in striking language
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The year in books: what have the writers been reading in 2015?

The year in books: what have the writers been reading in 2015? | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Anne Enright’s The Green Road and Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life were among this year’s most popular books with our writers, Anna Carey reports
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Dublin Book Festival 2015: The Recap

Dublin Book Festival 2015: The Recap | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
  Almost one month on and we’re still trying to recover from the fantastic four days that was DBF 2015.
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Haiku le Issa ón mbliain 1813

Haiku le Issa ón mbliain 1813 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
mé féin amháinagus gas bambú ---fionnuaire an tráthnóna.臑一本竹一本ぞ夕涼みsune ippon take ippon zo yûsuzumi
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The ghosts in James Joyce’s modern machine

The ghosts in  James Joyce’s modern machine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Although the writer’s literary experiments were utterly modern, they were haunted by ghosts, shadows and Irish legends
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