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Colm Tóibín, “On Elizabeth Bishop” Shortlisted for National Book Critics Awards

Colm Tóibín, “On Elizabeth Bishop” (Princeton University Press)
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Seven good reasons to Come to Doolin Writers Weekend, by Dave Lordan

Seven good reasons to Come to Doolin Writers Weekend, by Dave Lordan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
With its  lively blend of Culture, Craic, Community, and Creativity, all set in one of the most beautiful and inspiring regions in the West Of Ireland, the Doolin Writers Weekend offers a winning combination few other arts festivals in Ireland or anywhere else can match. Here are seven good reasons to come and join us…
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Women's Podcast Ep#15 The Christmas Episode: Anne Enright, Louise O'Neill, Maeve Higgins & More

Stream Ep#15 The Christmas Episode: Anne Enright, Louise O'Neill, Maeve Higgins & More by The Women's Podcast from desktop or your mobile device
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Maud Gonne | The Downside To Being A Muse - HeadStuff

Maud Gonne | The Downside To Being A Muse - HeadStuff | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

AnneMarie McCarthy considers how Maud Gonne must have felt about being a muse to a creepy Nobel Laureate she had no interest in.

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Dublin's Vibrant, Unmissable Indie Writing Scene | Ireland Travel

Dublin's Vibrant, Unmissable Indie Writing Scene | Ireland Travel | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dublin has a vibrant, modern-day indie literary scene, full of bookshops, gigs, classes and sessions, as much a part of the city that made them as Guinness.
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Thomas Morris is Embarking on a Novel Length Affair with the Blank Page

Thomas Morris is Embarking on a Novel Length Affair with the Blank Page | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Can you name a contemporary Welsh writer? I couldn’t. I could muster Roald Dahl, Bertrand Russell and poet Dylan Thomas, but they certainly aren’t contemporary. Last week I met with Thomas Morris who has lived in Ireland for ten years now, yet you’d think he was fresh off the Holyhead ferry by his guttural Welsh inflections,…
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Colin Barrett on Thomas Morris: ‘a forensic melancholy and tender humour’

Colin Barrett on Thomas Morris: ‘a forensic melancholy and tender humour’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The conceit of a repeating locale, instead of acting as a curb on imaginative possibility, actually allows the wised-up writer to explore prismatic variations of tone and sensibility
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No Oscar nomination for best supporting environment

No Oscar nomination for best supporting environment | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The glamorous stuff that gives the nation a lift is a byproduct of a messy, dynamic creative ecosystem full of knowns and unknowns
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Antaeus by Elaine Feeney | The Wide Shore

I haven’t walked my shoes farther than the length of our kitchen
Table in over eight weeks. Sometimes I just do it like an odd job, like
Working the till in Tesco’s or sometimes I do it just
To feel the earth under my feet, to stop me sparking off you
And give my bed-sored heels a welcome break, while the fluid
Slushes and shoves against the heated skin, sometimes crowning
Like the straight stroke of warm water from my dog’s dead tongue
As yesterday and today and my wheezing annoys this little robin
That squats on the top of our Christmas tree and reminds me of a
Soul of someone minding me. Yet you say, Jesus fucking Christ

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Checkup's winter book list includes One Hit Wonders by Patrick Warner

Checkup's winter book list includes One Hit Wonders by Patrick Warner | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
One Hit Wonders, by Patrick Warner
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Charlie Haughey, Anthony Cronin and a dream: how Irish Writers Centre began

Charlie Haughey, Anthony Cronin and a dream: how Irish Writers Centre began | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
When I came to Dublin in the 1960s I found very little welcome as an aspiring author, recalls Jack Harte. My aim was a home with an open door and a welcome for every writer
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Identities of Costa Short Story authors revealed - Niall Bourke on shortlist

Identities of Costa Short Story authors revealed - Niall Bourke on shortlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Niall Bourke
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Every Friday Colum McCann posts letters to young writers on his website

Every Friday Colum McCann posts letters to young writers on his website | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Read aloud. Walk around your house and read your way through the ceiling. Ceilings are boring. The sky is more interesting.
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Correction Letter re Booker Prize by Wife of the late Aidan Higgins

Correction Letter re Booker Prize by Wife of the late Aidan Higgins | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Sir, – Thank you for your generous coverage of the death of Aidan Higgins, my late husband (“Experimental writer championed by Beckett and Banville”, January 16th).

Unfortunately there was an error of fact in the formal obituary.

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Alicia Byrne-Keane spoken word playlist No 1: Best of 2015

Alicia Byrne-Keane spoken word playlist No 1: Best of 2015 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Big welcome from all at Bogmans Cannon to Alicia Byrne-Keane, who has joined us as spoken word curator. Here is her first playlist, a look back at 2015. Enjoy. Stephen James Smith – ‘Dublin You Are’This is sort of the ultimate ‘Dublin spoken word poem’, an all-encompassing look at the city. Prepare for homesickness and…
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Lucy Cavendish annual Fiction Prize for a first novel by a woman seeks submissions

Lucy Cavendish annual Fiction Prize for a first novel by a woman seeks submissions | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Part of the University of Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish College is the College where women over 21 and from every possible background come to study and to transform their lives
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The Green Road by Anne Enright review – ‘I am Irish and my family is mad’

The Green Road by Anne Enright review – ‘I am Irish and my family is mad’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

From Mali to New York and home to Ireland: a brilliant investigation into the breakaways and reunions of family life

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A fun evening with Montreal Irish writers - Westmount Magazine

A fun evening with Montreal Irish writers - Westmount Magazine | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Evening arranged by the Federation of Irish Societies. By Byron Toben
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Sinéad Morrissey has been nominated for The USA's National Book Critics Award

The National Book Critics Circle, founded at the Algonquin Round Table in 1974, honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.
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Southword Journal-Dean Browne reviews new collections from Aidan Murphy & Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Southword Journal-Dean Browne reviews new collections from Aidan Murphy & Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Dean Browne reviews new collections
from Aidan Murphy & Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
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Oscar-nominated Room author Emma Donoghue adapting another novel for film

Oscar-nominated Room author Emma Donoghue adapting another novel for film | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Fresh off Academy Award nominations for her first feature film, Room, Emma Donoghue has signed on to adapt her novel Frog Music into a movie. (Punch Photographic)London, Ontario-based author Emma Donoghue is adapting her eighth novel, Frog Music, into a film. Donoghue recently nabbed Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the
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ROOM Soars at the Box-Office Following Academy Award® Nominations - Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann

ROOM Soars at the Box-Office Following Academy Award® Nominations - Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann is the development agency for the Irish Film Industry investing in talent, creativity and enterprise.
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Irish Writers Centre: ‘a prized resource for any country to have’

Irish Writers Centre: ‘a prized resource for any country to have’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The imprimatur of President and ambassadors sends a strong signal that we are on way to becoming the international flagship for Irish literature we dream of being
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