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3rd Five Words Competition Winner Announced

3rd Five Words Competition Winner Announced | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
    3rd Five Words Poetry Competition Winner Announced   Our congratulations to John W. Sexton, winner of the 3rd Five Words competition, for his poem The Dancehall on the Summit of …
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Books: 'Citizens' paints two portraits of Ireland - in 1916 and 100 years on - Independent.ie

Books: 'Citizens' paints two portraits of Ireland - in 1916 and 100 years on - Independent.ie | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The centenary has finally arrived; the year of memorials and celebrations and commemorations, some deeply important, some steeped in nostalgia, all inviting us to consider the profound
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Jordan's flawed detective disappoints review by JP O'Malley

Jordan's flawed detective disappoints  review by JP O'Malley | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Once upon a time it looked as if Neil Jordan was on course to become a literary superstar. His debut book of short stories, Night in Tunisia - first published in 1976 - won the Guardian
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This is not the story by Claire Hennessy- Number Eleven Magazine

This is not the story by Claire Hennessy- Number Eleven Magazine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
– Claire Hennessy The boy who gives me the second leaflet reminds me of Jack, how soft his hair is without the gel in it, and I want to touch it but don’t. All the way down O’Connell Street and across town I collect boy-impressions along with the paper, and when I go into HMV on Grafton... Read More
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2016 Sunday Times Short Story Award - longlist announced including Thomas Morris and Colum McCann

2016 Sunday Times Short Story Award - longlist announced including Thomas Morris and Colum McCann | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
This year's longlist for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has been announced.
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Gavin McCrea: ‘when I finished John McGahern’s Memoir, I wept for an entire day’

Gavin McCrea: ‘when I finished John McGahern’s Memoir, I wept for an entire day’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
On learning how to deal with good reviews: ‘Because I spend a lot of my (writing) time enacting self-doubt and reproach, it can be difficult to trust praise when it comes’
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Gavin McCrea: ‘There was a performative element to writing that I really enjoyed’

Gavin McCrea: ‘There was a performative element to writing  that I really enjoyed’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A Q&A with the author of historical novel Mrs Engels, the story of Lizzie Burns, the Irish lover of mill-owner and Marx associate Friedrich Engels
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Literary festivals are about to spring into action

Literary festivals are about to spring into action | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The trick is to have established authors subsidise emerging talent and offer readers a way to make new connections, says Liz Kelly of Ennis Book Club Festival
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The Favour, a short story by Clare O’Dea

The Favour, a short story by Clare O’Dea | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
This month’s Hennessy New Irish Writing winning story explores the hidden cost in giving a great gift
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Turlough and Overseen, two poems by Paul McMahon

Turlough and Overseen, two poems by Paul McMahon | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
February’s two Hennessy New Irish Writing winning poems
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Guest blog post: A Mentor: Anthony Glavin, by Mark Granier

Guest blog post: A Mentor: Anthony Glavin, by Mark Granier | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Recently, I took our 11-year old boy to see the Turners in the National Gallery of Ireland. These 31 watercolours comprise The Vaughan Bequest, which stipulated that they only be exhibited during the darkest month of year, in January, when natural light is at its weakest and least damaging. Though such precautions are now unnecessary…
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Seamus Heaney’s final work – ‘Death’s dark door stands open … ’

Seamus Heaney’s final work – ‘Death’s dark door stands open … ’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Seamus Heaney’s last translation will be published posthumously in March. Here he introduces Virgil’s Aeneid Book VI
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Heaney's final gift from Virgil's land of the dead

Heaney's final gift from Virgil's land of the dead | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In poetry, the word "translation" covers a range of approaches. They include prose cribs designed to convey basic sense; then attempts at faithful renderings in verse, often m
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Word for Word Launches 2016 Today with Emma Donoghue and Colm Toibin

Word for Word Launches 2016 Today with Emma Donoghue and Colm Toibin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Word for Word opens the company's 2016 season with the work of two powerful contemporary writers, Emma Donoghue and Colm Toibin today. The evening-length performance is entitled Stories by Emma Donoghue and Colm Toibin: 'Night Vision' by Emma Donoghue and 'Silence' by Colm Toibin. The production opens with a press night today, Saturday February 27 and runs through April 3 in San Francisco's Z Below Theater.
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The Guardian: Prosperity Drive by Mary Morrisy review – another view of Dubliners

The Guardian: Prosperity Drive by Mary Morrisy review – another view of Dubliners | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The lives of residents in a Dublin suburb are fatally stitched together in a series of short stories spanning six decades and several continents
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Kevin Curran: ‘writers should be writing against power’

Kevin Curran: ‘writers should be writing against power’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
‘Not one big name in Irish literature has even attempted to gauge the feelings on the street and engage with contemporary social realism without sentimentalising it’
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North-South rivalry and East-West rows: when Ireland was literary centre of world

North-South rivalry and East-West rows: when Ireland was literary centre of  world | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Some of world’s leading writers came to Ireland for International PEN Congress in 1953 but Bertolt Brecht and Erich Kästner weren’t speaking and a Northern author insisted on delegates crossing the Border
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Poetry reviews: new collections by Peter McDonald and Lorna Shaughnessy

Poetry reviews: new collections by Peter McDonald and Lorna Shaughnessy | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Formal and structural experiments mark out the latest work of two Belfast poets
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Review: For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian, translated by Philip Ó Ceallaigh

Review: For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian, translated by Philip Ó Ceallaigh | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Romanian writer’s remarkable second novel is well served by a graceful, eloquent translation
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Aeneid Book VI: Seamus Heaney’s miraculous return from literary afterlife

Aeneid Book VI: Seamus Heaney’s miraculous return from  literary afterlife | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The late Nobel laureate’s wonderful, unflagging translation even brings to vigorous life the less appealing part of the poem, writes Bernard O’Donoghue
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