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Talent in his work and genius in his life: The flawed genius of Brendan Behan 50 years on

Talent in his work and genius in his life: The flawed genius of Brendan Behan 50 years on | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Brendan Behan died 50 years ago today. Alan O’Riordan remembers his flawed brilliance
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Brendan Behan died prematurely 50 years ago, aged 41 - Guardian archives

Brendan Behan died prematurely 50 years ago, aged 41 - Guardian archives | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Renowned playwright and raconteur Brendan Behan died prematurely 50 years ago, aged 41. Here we look back at how the Guardian and Observer covered his work and his gradual descent into alcoholism
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Conservatory review – 'Echoes of Beckett are everywhere'

Conservatory review – 'Echoes of Beckett are everywhere' | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Peacock, Dublin
Despite two great central performances, the play loses its focus when it attempts to portray the fraying social fabric of Protestant Ireland
The elderly couple in Michael West's new play are unnamed.
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Five questions on an Irish poet’s famous paean to İstanbul - W.B. Yeats - Turkish daily news

Five questions on an Irish poet’s famous paean to İstanbul - W.B. Yeats -  Turkish daily news | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
İstanbul has arguably inspired more poetry, novels, travel accounts and essays than any other city. But the world's most widely read depiction of the city came from a man who never set foot in it: the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
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Major poets unite to honour Heaney - Irish Times

Major poets unite to honour Heaney - Irish Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Major poets unite to honour Heaney Irish Times Major public poetry readings at the Ulster Hall and the Lyric Theatre will feature some of the leading poets in these islands, including the British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Ireland Professor of...
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Television: Of mice and men – how a cartoon drew Billy Connolly and Seamus Heaney together

Television: Of mice and men – how a cartoon drew Billy Connolly and Seamus Heaney together | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The comedian and the poet join forces for an animated series of fables that also captures their camaraderie
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dublinpoetryreview.com - Harry Clifton

dublinpoetryreview.com - Harry Clifton | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

ook for us, an Irishman, a Pole,

At the heart of Africa. Having fallen out

So long ago, with our own dark continent

Of Inquisitorial faith, Cartesian doubt.

Exiles, taking time out for the soul –

Our bleak outstation. Tired of argument

With the likes of myself, degenerate and sick,

A liberal tempter – Father Stanislawek

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After the One O’Clock News —by Eamon Grennan | Graywolf Press

It would take very little, wouldn’t it,

to take that horse in the field across the road—

that mare not wayward at all but tranquil

in the wind-wavering domesticity

of grass, her flank, quartz-white,

nuzzled by her coffee-coloured foal, the two

deftly, attentively grooming each other—

take so little in the shape of a blunt gun

or even a wayward missile

landing near my neighbour’s shed

to take the two of them, mother and child,

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The Visitors by Patrick O'Keeffe

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Author Patrick O’Keeffe, whose critically acclaimed debut collection of novellas The Hill Road won the Story Prize in 2005, released his first novel,The Visitors, this March 13. Inspired by the places O’Keeffe knows well, the story traces the journey of immigrant James Dwyer from rural Ireland to the U.S., with a visit to the Hudson Highlands as the setting for the book’s conclusion.

Visited by the past

Like O’Keeffe, The Visitors narrator James grew up on a farm in rural County Limerick, worked as a bartender in Dublin, moved to Boston, studied in Ann Arbor, Mich., and spent time in the Hudson Valley, though O’Keeffe is quick to clarify that while many of the places in the book are very real, the plot and characters are not.

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The Reading Life: Marc de Faoite A Question and Answer Session With the Author of Tropical Madness

The Reading Life: Marc de Faoite A Question and Answer Session With the Author of Tropical Madness | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Poem: Moonshine by Thomas McCarthy

Poem: Moonshine by Thomas McCarthy | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The winter of water goes on, and

on, as house by house the streets

sink into streams, pedestrians transform

into canoeists chancing their arm,

a paddle in the night. I tire

of driving through the darkness

straining to make out the way ahead

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'Waiting For Godot' Strikes A Chord In Tehran - WCAI

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'Waiting For Godot' Strikes A Chord In Tehran
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At the National Theater in downtown Tehran, "Waiting for Godot" seems to have captured the mood of a country.
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'The Spinning Heart' By Donal Ryan - Boston Globe

'The Spinning Heart' By Donal Ryan - Boston Globe | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
'The Spinning Heart' By Donal Ryan Boston Globe Told by 21 narrators (we never hear from the same character twice), Ryan's compelling, insightful tale chronicles the lives of the residents of a tightknit, rural town in the aftermath of the Irish...
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A POETIC MOMENT IN A BRETON MANOR - Fred Johnston

So what is a poetic moment to you? I am assuming that you are a poet, though you may not be. The question is tantamount to asking what provides your inspiration. But it's more than that, too. Is there an incident in your life which made you more aware that you could see things in a poetic way? Or that you had what I'll call a poetic responsibility?


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Christy Brown archive will stay in Dublin

Christy Brown archive will stay in Dublin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The last remaining archive of material relating to the work of Christy Brown has been purchased jointly by the National Library of Ireland and the Little Museum of Dublin.
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Waking by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Waking by Doireann Ní Ghríofa | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa, composer Stephen Moore and filmmaker Peter Madden have collaborated on a powerful filmpoem dedicated to Savita Halappanavar.
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A Maeve Brennan Revival? - New Yorker (blog)

A Maeve Brennan Revival? - New Yorker (blog) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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A Maeve Brennan Revival?
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... upon in her fiction. The Brennans' domestic life was marked by uncertainty and upheaval, and she was always preoccupied, in her writing, with the paradox of an unsettled home.
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The Goodness of Men - Geraldine Mills interview by Valerie Sirr

The Goodness of Men - Geraldine Mills interview by Valerie Sirr | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
I've admired Geraldine Mill's work for a long time now. I first came across her writing when her story 'Lick of the Lizard' won the millennium Hennessy New Irish writer award. Her winning story bec...
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All the best: Moyra Donaldson

All the best: Moyra Donaldson | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
My best moment
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Burgh Quay by Pat Boran

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Pat Boran
Burgh QuayIE 

is clothes so wet you’d think a child would know.
‘You never met him?’ I keep it bright. ‘That’s the man
who makes it rain.’ You are three or four,

and, as we file past the Garda van,
the ambulance and crew, the whispering crowd
conjured out of nowhere, your small hand 

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'A novel with a voice of its own' - From Out of the City by John Kelly

'A novel with a voice of its own' - From Out of the City by John Kelly | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
'Kelly’s writing has its echoes of all that has gone before. From Joyce and O’Brien, even a touch of Beckett’s Murphy in the opening pages, Ireland’s trilogy of modernist writers and their legacy h...
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riverrun review – 'an extraordinary tour de force'

riverrun review – 'an extraordinary tour de force' | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Olwen Fouéré's solo stage interpretation of Finnegans Wake at the Shed is a delight
She leans down to unlace her shoes, a tiny figure in a grey suit, her long hair tied back.
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The Poets’ Wives by David Park - Interview by JP O'Malley

The Poets’ Wives by David Park - Interview by JP O'Malley | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
David Park Bloomsbury, €14.99; ebook, €13.03
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Q&A with Catherine Dunne, Director of our NOVEL – Getting Started Workshop

Q&A with Catherine Dunne, Director of our NOVEL – Getting Started Workshop | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Catherine Dunne is the author of nine novels including The Walled Garden, At A Time Like This, Set in Stone, Missing Julia and most recently, The Things We Know Now, which won the 700th anniversary Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction...
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'X' marks a new place for Vona Groarke, and for Irish writing - Irish Times

'X' marks a new place for Vona Groarke, and for Irish writing Irish Times In her inaugural lecture as Ireland professor of poetry, delivered to a packed hall at University College Dublin last month, Paula Meehan reflected on a poem's original...
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