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Fixing the Abbey: where next for the National Theatre?

Fixing the Abbey: where next  for the National Theatre? | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The continuing hegemony of the Abbey is hurting Irish theatre as a whole, and it is hurting the Abbey even more. First and foremost, artistic leadership must be restored to the organisation
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Forget the grumbling, Morrissey a worthy winner of TS Eliot prize - The Conversation

Forget the grumbling, Morrissey a worthy winner of TS Eliot prize - The Conversation | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Forget the grumbling, Morrissey a worthy winner of TS Eliot prize The Conversation The decision to award the TS Eliot poetry prize to Northern Ireland poet Sinéad Morrissey has been greeted with the usual poorly punctuated grumblings about how...
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Redemption and Release

Redemption and Release | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Two Irish Plays in Rep at Stark Naked Theatre IMAGE ABOVE: Philip Lehl in Stark Naked Theatre's production of Faith Healer. Photo by Gabriella Nissen.   Kim Tobin in Stark Naked Theatre's...
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Medbh McGuckian speaks about The High Caul Cap: “the cap is an end and a beginning”

Medbh McGuckian speaks about The High Caul Cap: “the cap is an end and a beginning” | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In today’s Irish Echo, Peter McDermott interviews Medbh McGuckian on identity, inspiration, Seamus Heaney, and why she reads books upside down. McDermott’s article offers a glimpse into the poet’s thoughts behind her most recent book, The High Caul...
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Talkin Books - Colin Barrett & Young Skins

Talkin Books - Colin Barrett & Young Skins | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Tales of rural Ireland and English Romanticism
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The Costa Short Story Award - The Papakh Hat By Sheila Llewelly

The Costa Short Story Award - The Papakh Hat By Sheila Llewelly | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In 2012 we launched the Costa Short Story Award, voted for by the public to honour the best short story writers in the UK and Ireland.
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Jessica Traynor - Three Poems

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  Three poems by Jessica Traynor     Road This old invention: immaculate in morning sunshine, relaxing in the heat like a girl who wants to dance although the night has been long. Gu...
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Crucible announce Friel plays cast - Sheffield Telegraph

Crucible announce Friel plays cast - Sheffield Telegraph | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sheffield Telegraph Crucible announce Friel plays cast Sheffield Telegraph Full casting has been announced for productions of Translations and Afterplay, as part of an upcoming Sheffield Theatres season of work dedicated to the Irish playwright...
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Medbh McGuckian Elegizes Seamus Heaney.

Night Journey of the Solar Bark 

It feels to me like an oblique place.
The earth hath been iron in this land
And the heavens brass this summer:
A fall of all the back hair
Links me to the skin of his heart.

It is changing but it is not us,
The place where we once were children,

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Sinéad Morrissey's poetry and literary heroines – books podcast

Sinéad Morrissey's poetry and literary heroines – books podcast | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Fresh from winning the TS Eliot prize for poetry, Sinéad Morrissey joins us in the studio to read from her collection, Parallax.
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My hero: Martha Gellhorn by Sinéad Morrissey

My hero: Martha Gellhorn by Sinéad Morrissey | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
One of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, Martha Gellhorn changed what it was possible for a woman to achieve
Poetry, wrote WH Auden, makes nothing happen.
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The Saturday Poem: Last Winter by Sinead Morrissey

The Saturday Poem: Last Winter by Sinead Morrissey | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
by Sinéad Morrissey
was not like last winter, we said, when winter
had ground its iron teeth in earnest: Belfast
colder than Moscow and a total lunar eclipse
hanging its Chinese lantern over the solstice.
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Seamus Heaney exhibit is tribute to friend of Emory, master poet at work - Emory University News and Events

Seamus Heaney exhibit is tribute to friend of Emory, master poet at work - Emory University News and Events | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Seamus Heaney exhibit is tribute to friend of Emory, master poet at work
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"Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens," opening Saturday, Feb.
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Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien | A Celebration of Irish Writing in Honour of Kate O'Brien

Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien | A Celebration of Irish Writing in Honour of Kate O'Brien | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The Kate O’Brien Weekend has been held in Limerick for the last 29 years. In 2014 it is incorporated into the Limerick Literary Festival.  This year we are, as well as being part of the 2014 Limerick City of Culture calendar, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kate O’Brien’s death and the 30th anniversary of the weekend event.

Line up of SpeakersClare Tomalin, Michael Frayn, Anne Enright, Elaine Fox, Peter Cunningham, Siobhan Parkinson, Michael Longley,  Selina Guinness, Niall MacMonagle, Frank McGuinness in conversation with Kay Sheehy.   

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The Haunted Stage: Conor McPherson on His Plays - Daily Beast

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The Haunted Stage: Conor McPherson on His Plays
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“It's a question of always trying to wrong foot the audience,” the award-winning Irish playwright Conor McPherson told me on the phone from Dublin.
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Limerick City of Culture 2014 - first in a series of public talks on Great Irish Writers

Limerick City of Culture 2014 - first in a series of public talks on Great Irish Writers | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Patrick Kavanagh’s epic poem The Great Hunger, published in 1942, is regarded as his greatest achievement. A dark literary jewel, it has moved from at first being virtually ignored by the Irish public, or seen as referring only to small farmers in County Monaghan, to the unique place it now holds amongst Irish and world literature of the twentieth century

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Short Story Ireland – new resource & review hub for short stories

Short Story Ireland – new resource & review hub for short stories | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

I was delighted to hear about an interesting new website that has Irish short stories as its central focus. Short Story Ireland brings together news, reviews and opportunities relating to the short story in Ireland. It is the brain child of Máire T. Robinson who’snew chapbook Your Mixtape Unravels my Heart has just been published by Dóire Press and lecturer and writer Andrew McEneff.

I caught up with Máire T. Robinson to ask her about the new venture. Máire is the features and news editor and Andrew McEneff will edit reviews. I asked her how they came to work together and develop the idea for Short Story Ireland.

“We met a few years back when we were both working in the Irish 

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The Pipes by John Kelly - RTÉ Drama on One

The Pipes by John Kelly  - RTÉ Drama on One | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Pipes by John Kelly
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‘The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien’ by Julian Gough

‘The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien’ by Julian Gough | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Flann O’Brien’s shorter works, several of them republished for the first time, reveal a complicated modern writer.
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Roddy Doyle makes midlife amusing in 'The Guts' - STLtoday.com

Roddy Doyle makes midlife amusing in 'The Guts' - STLtoday.com | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Roddy Doyle makes midlife amusing in 'The Guts'
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“The Commitments” was the first novel of famed Irish author Roddy Doyle, and it may be his most popular.
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Heaney would be happy: new Irish literature chair at TCD

Heaney would be happy: new Irish literature chair at TCD | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Chris Morash today becomes the first Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing, funded by philanthropists
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Dave Duggan - Cleopatra of the Ashtrays

Dave Duggan - Cleopatra of the Ashtrays | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dave Duggan is a dramatist and novelist, living in Derry. The Guardian described his first novel, The Greening of Larry Mahon (Guildhall Press, 2004), as ‘an engrossing study of shifting rootlessne...
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Pat Shortt and Daniel Radcliffe take McDonagh’s Cripple of Inishmaan to Broadway

Pat Shortt and Daniel Radcliffe take McDonagh’s Cripple of Inishmaan to Broadway | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Pat Shortt (left) and Daniel Radcliffe star in The Cripple of Inishmaan
PAT Shortt is to appear on Broadway alongside Daniel Radcliffe and a stellar Irish cast as The Cripple of Inishmaan transfers from London to New York this spring.
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Putting a Decadent twist on McDonagh - Irish Examiner

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Putting a Decadent twist on McDonagh
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Having already kicked off in Waterford, the show takes in the Cork Opera House and Dublin's Gaiety Theatre before finishing up in the University Concert Hall, Limerick, at the end of March.
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Mary Madec – Five Poems

Mary Madec – Five Poems | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Mary Madec has a B.A. and M.A from NUI, Galway and a PhD from The University of Pennsylvania. She has published poems here and abroad and in 2008 she won The Hennessy Prize for Emerging Poetry.
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