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Barbara Derbyshire – Three Poems

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Barbara Derbyshire is an author of short fiction and poetry. Originally from London and now an Irish citizen, her home is in Kerry where, with more time to think, observe and remember, she has rediscovered her love of writing.
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Hennessy Literary Awards 2015 - Irish Times

Hennessy Literary Awards 2015 - Irish Times | Writing | Scoop.it
Books & Literature News, Reviews, Articles and More from The Irish Times, the Definitive Brand of Quality News in Ireland.

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‘Culture can provide home away from home for Irish in London’

‘Culture can provide home away from home for Irish in London’ | Writing | Scoop.it
First in new discussion series hosted by an Irish journalist in London will feature public interview with historian Roy Foster

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Poem of the Week by John Montague: "... a spell to bless the silence."

Poem of the Week by John Montague: "... a spell to bless the silence." | Writing | Scoop.it
John Montague's most recent volume, Speech Lessons, is full of lyrical poems about childhood, memory, and family. Our selection for today stands out from this subject matter as a poem about poetry ...

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Michael Shepherd's curator insight, August 23, 2014 11:20 AM

During my few years in Ballydehob one of the pleasures was becoming friends with John Montague and his partner, Elisabeth.

Seeing this blog post brings back so many good memories.

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Paperback Writer: Do irish writers make a living?

Paperback Writer: Do irish writers make a living? | Writing | Scoop.it
Anyone who was in London this summer, and saw posters for Eimear McBride's debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing plastered across the sides of buses, would have been forgiven for t

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“Song at Fifty” by Patrick Kavanagh; introduced by Andrew McCulloch | TLS

“Song at Fifty” by Patrick Kavanagh; introduced by Andrew McCulloch  | TLS | Writing | Scoop.it

When, in 1939, Patrick Kavanagh (1904–67) exchanged his Monaghan farm for literary Dublin he found, to his increasing disgust, that he had a ready-made part in what he later called the “English-bred lie” of the Irish Revival, that of the peasant poet with his roots in the soil. While, to use the terms as he defined them, he was proud of his parochial roots, he objected to the provincialism they appeared to suggest. As he pointed out in his essay “From Monaghan to the Grand Canal”, written in the year of his death, “real roots lie in our capacity for love and its abandon. The material itself has no special value”. But his increasingly outspoken rejection of those who sentimentalized poverty earned him many enemies. Unable to enlist him, literary society turned on him. In 1952 he found himself the victim of a vicious attack in the Leader, which he sued for libel and lost


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Mary Lavin:From the bohemia of Baggot Street, to a New York point of view

Mary Lavin:From the bohemia of Baggot Street, to a New York point of view | Writing | Scoop.it
Mary Lavin had a curiosity, wit and wisdom that made her essential reading , whether on the pages of the ‘New Yorker’ or in her many collections and novels

 

On the last day of August 1967, the author Mary Lavin boarded the SS United States with her youngest daughter, Caroline Walsh. They were headed for Manhattan; from there, they would make their way to the University of Connecticut (UConn), where Lavin had been appointed writer-in-residence. By this time, two decades into her career as a fiction writer, Lavin had published nine collections of short stories and had a contract with theNew Yorker ; she had twice received a Guggenheim fellowship and was in demand for readings and speaking engagements at several American universities.


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The Living Haiku Anthology - Mike Gallagher

The Living Haiku Anthology - Mike Gallagher | Writing | Scoop.it
Strands of the original haiku DNA have been cross-bred into many other cultures, spiritualities and languages since the Meiji Restoration in Japan. The Living Haiku Anthology is designed to reflect that.

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How to Write a Book series - Sinéad Gleeson

How to Write a Book series - Sinéad Gleeson | Writing | Scoop.it
The How to Write a Book series was originally published …

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The Saturday Poem: The Birthday by Michael Longley

The Saturday Poem: The Birthday by Michael Longley | Writing | Scoop.it
by Michael Longley

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Listen to Eavan Boland read The Lost Art of Letter Writing - The New Yorker

Listen to Eavan Boland read The Lost Art of Letter Writing - The New Yorker | Writing | Scoop.it
Poetry by Eavan Boland: “The ratio of daylight to handwriting / Was the same as lacemaking to eyesight.”

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How to Write a Book - The Complete Irish Times Series from Writers and Industry Experts

How to Write a Book - The Complete Irish Times Series from Writers and Industry Experts | Writing | Scoop.it
Writers on writing: how to write and book and get it published

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Andrew Philip reviews ‘Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill’ by John F. Deane — Magma Poetry

Andrew Philip reviews ‘Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill’ by John F. Deane — Magma Poetry | Writing | Scoop.it

Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill presents poems from each of John F Deane’s previous five Carcanet collections alongside the substantial new title sequence. The opening piece, ‘In Dedication’, sets the tone with its affirming exploration of suffering, faith and endurance:

Curlews scatter now on a winter field, their calls
small alleluias of survival; I offer you
poems, here where there is suffering and joy,
evening, and morning, the first day.


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Voice of the Emigrant: Michael Gallagher on Roads he has Taken

Voice of the Emigrant: Michael Gallagher on Roads he has Taken | Writing | Scoop.it

I was born on Achill Island in 1941, at a time when emigration from Achill, and indeed, the whole western seaboard of Ireland, was the norm. It was no surprise then, that in 1960 I found myself digging holes in London, a city that was to be my home for the next 40 years.

In the course of those 40 years, I gradually worked my way up to the position of construction manager. I married a Kerry woman, had four kids and worked hard, often seven days a week. Then, out of the blue, I was offered a job as resident engineer at Castlebar Hospital. For the next ten years, I travelled all over Ireland in that capacity, basically being paid to enjoy the scenery. We eventually settled in Renagown, a townland about ten miles from Listowel.


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