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Editor’s Choice: Knocknagow - Case history of an Irish Best-seller by Seán Ó Faolain

Editor’s Choice: Knocknagow - Case history of an Irish Best-seller by Seán Ó Faolain | Literature | Scoop.it
From the archive: in a story first published in 1941 Seán Ó Faolain takes a close look at why Knocknagow (1879), the novel by Charles Kickham, became such a hit with Irish readers

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Sean O'Faolain had a firm foot in the Irish past, as well as commitment to modernising Ireland. This dicotomy often created contradictions in his discourse, but it adds to making him an interesting writer. His ouvre spans almost the entire 20th century, and reflects the political and social aspects of that era. 

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Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness joining forces with John Banville and Neil Jordan to make a crime series

Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness joining forces with John Banville and Neil Jordan to make a crime series | Literature | Scoop.it
Paul McGuinness has turned to TV, joining forces with John Banville and Neil Jordan to make a crime series based on the French Riviera

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Irish Writers of the Fantastic

Irish Writers of the Fantastic | Literature | Scoop.it
On St. Patrick's Day I decided to spend my time not drinking Guinness, but instead promoting Irish Writers of the Fantastic on both Twitter and Facebook. While I'm not convinced there is a "traditi...

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Watch! Gambon stars in new Yeats2015 video

Watch! Gambon stars in new Yeats2015 video | Literature | Scoop.it
Actor Michael Gambon appears in a new video which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of poet WB Yeats and is part of the Yeats Day programme for 2015.

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Transcript of Testimony of Oscar Wilde at his Trial

G--Your view, Mr. Wilde, is that the "shame" mentioned here is that shame which is a sense of modesty? 
W--That was the explanation given to me by the person who wrote it.  The sonnet seemed to me obscure. 
G--During 1893 and 1894 You were a good deal in the company of Lord Alfred Douglas? 
W--Oh, yes. 
G--Did he read that poem to you? 
W--Yes. 
G--You can, perhaps, understand that such verses as these would not be acceptable to the reader with an ordinarily balanced mind? 
W--I am not prepared to say.  It appears to me to be a question of taste, temperament and individuality.  I should say that one man's poetry is another man's poison! (Laughter.) 


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How the man could keep his rapier wit through this ordeal is beyond me.

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Portraits of the artists as women

Portraits of the artists as women | Literature | Scoop.it
To mark International Women’s Day we’ve created an antidote to the all-male Irish Writers poster of bars and student bedrooms

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Yeats 150 begins with poetry reading for year-long celebration

Yeats 150 begins with poetry reading for year-long celebration | Literature | Scoop.it
Some 85,000 overseas visitors expected to honour life and work of the poet

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The greatest Irish poet will be celebrated.

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▶ President Michael D Higgins reads Yeats - YouTube

President Michael D Higgins has expressed his great honour at becoming patron and has recorded his own reading of the poem "Prayer for my Daughter".

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In Time For Us to Catch It - Louis MacNeice. Collected Poems.

In Time For Us to Catch It - Louis MacNeice. Collected Poems. | Literature | Scoop.it
Louis MacNeice. Collected Poems.

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Francis Ledwidge Memorial, Ypres Salient, Belgium

Francis Ledwidge Memorial, Ypres Salient, Belgium | Literature | Scoop.it
As Francis and his comrades were working on the road repairs a German artillery shell exploded near them.
Ledwidge was killed as were several other men. The records listing Soldiers Died in the Great War list 5 soldiers
of 1st Battalion Royal Irish Inniskilling Fusiliers being killed on that day: Lance Corporal Ledwidge aged
29 (no. 1638), Lance Serjeant John Harte (no. 4049), Private Henry P Evans (no. 41376), Private Frank Mattingley
aged 29 (no. 41108) and Private Robert Sharman (no. 41312).

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Seamus Heaney has remembered Ledwidge in his poem 'In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge' (1980)..

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A final song for Samhain - John Montague

A final song for Samhain - John Montague | Literature | Scoop.it
Halloween is finally here! While children dress in costume and parents don their houses with spooky decorations, we are paying tribute to John Montague and his eerie poem about the Celtic festival ...

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Kevin Kiely puts boot into Seamus Heaney |

Kevin Kiely puts boot into Seamus Heaney | | Literature | Scoop.it
Heaney:going through the poetic motions Ireland’s timeless bard of farmyard, bogs and prehistory by Kevin Kiely After his death last year the

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An alternative view of a national (which nation though?) treasure.

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Divil's advocate ... but it's time that a debate started on Heaney's reputation ...

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Welcome to Open Library

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Deyanira Sequeira's curator insight, July 23, 2014 12:31 PM

un millón de eBooks !

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, July 24, 2014 7:05 AM

Plenty of reading material here in the form of diverse genres and subjects. Books can be read online, downloaded in several formats and even borrowed for a couple of weeks. 

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Digital Dubliners - A totally new reading experience

Digital Dubliners - A totally new reading experience | Literature | Scoop.it
A Multimedia Edition

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Karen E Smith's curator insight, July 14, 2014 11:21 AM

Having been on the digital storytelling tour through Ireland, I think this would be a great transliterate experience for students who are going on a storytelling tour with you.

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Yeats by Heart, WB Yeats at 150, The Essay - BBC Radio 3

Yeats by Heart, WB Yeats at 150, The Essay - BBC Radio 3 | Literature | Scoop.it
Fiona Shaw explains the impact of her childhood introduction to the work of WB Yeats.

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Minister reads Seamus Heaney at Stock Exchange opening to launch Poetry Day Ireland

Minister reads Seamus Heaney at Stock Exchange opening to launch Poetry Day Ireland | Literature | Scoop.it
Day is designed to celebrate the vital role that poetry plays in Irish life

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This would only happen in Ireland!

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Seamus Heaney Work Wins Contest Honoring Ireland's Poets and Its Past - New York Times

Seamus Heaney Work Wins Contest Honoring Ireland's Poets and Its Past - New York Times | Literature | Scoop.it
RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster, held a contest searching for the country’s favorite poem of the past century, and a Seamus Heaney work won.

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Belfast poet Michael Longley is made a Freeman of his home city - Belfast City Council

Belfast poet Michael Longley is made a Freeman of his home city - Belfast City Council | Literature | Scoop.it
Belfast poet Michael Longley is made a Freeman of his home city

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Michael Longley and his wife Edna are two wonderful people who were part of my wonderful years in Belfast, as a PhD student in English. Three cheers for Michael! 

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Free Online Stanford Course by Eavan Boland:Ten Premodern Poems by Women

Free Online Stanford Course by Eavan Boland:Ten Premodern Poems by Women | Literature | Scoop.it
Professor Eavan Boland provides an introduction to poetry through the works, and the life stories, of ten women.

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Digging deep into the regions of Seamus Heaney’s poetry

Digging deep into the regions of Seamus Heaney’s poetry | Literature | Scoop.it
Richard Rankin Russell’s book explores the poet’s fidelity to his birthplace in Co Derry
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Recordings of the poet:Seamus Heaney’s genius shines through in new selections: New Selected Poems 1966-1987, 1988-2013

Recordings of the poet:Seamus Heaney’s genius shines through in new selections: New Selected Poems 1966-1987, 1988-2013 | Literature | Scoop.it
Review: Recordings of the poet reading his own work enhance appreciation of its power

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Memory Ireland. Vol. 4. James Joyce and Cultural Memory. Edited by Oona Frawley and Katherine O’Callaghan

Memory Ireland. Vol. 4. James Joyce and Cultural Memory. Edited by Oona Frawley and Katherine O’Callaghan | Literature | Scoop.it
Memory Ireland. Vol. 4. James Joyce and Cultural Memory. Edited by Oona Frawley and Katherine O’Callaghan

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The loss of axe-grinding journals lamented in new volume of essays

The loss of axe-grinding journals lamented in new volume of essays | Literature | Scoop.it
Tribute paid by editors to contribution of independent 20th-century periodicals

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Colm Tóibín: the literature of grief

Colm Tóibín: the literature of grief | Literature | Scoop.it
Colm Tóibín explains how his new novel, Nora Webster, draws on his memories of his father's death, joining a rich tradition of writing about loss, from Sophocles to Joan Didion

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James Joyce's Ulysses is being adapted into a video game

James Joyce's Ulysses is being adapted into a video game | Literature | Scoop.it
Often considered one of the finest books of the 20th century, James Joyce's 1922 novel Ulysses is akin to the Demon's Souls of English literature wherein on…

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Virtual Ulysses: inhabit the characters of James Joyce’s masterpiece

Virtual Ulysses: inhabit the characters of James Joyce’s masterpiece | Literature | Scoop.it
Dublin film maker Eoghan Kidney gives Ulysses a 21st-century makeover

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