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Can John Banville resuscitate Philip Marlowe?

Can John Banville resuscitate Philip Marlowe? | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Tom Williams: Raymond Chandler's estate have chosen John Banville to write a new Philip Marlowe novel – but can he capture the hero's loneliness and the bleak glitter of LA?
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The Irish Literary Times

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The Irish Literary Times provides up-to-date coverage of Irish literary news and events in a magazine format via articles available online.

 

The site is curated by Gerard Beirne an Irish poet and novelist based in Sligo. He has published six books of poetry and fiction. His novel The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars Publishers) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and was selected by the Literary Editor of the Daily Express  as his Book of the Year “scandalously ignored by the Man Booker judges...”. His recent collection of stories was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

 

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Radio Signals: An interview with Leontia Flynn 

Radio Signals: An interview with Leontia Flynn  | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Leontia Flynn’s The Radio is out this month, so WFU Press interns gathered to ask the poet more about her newest collection. Written in three sections, The Radio explores the boundaries of home and family life from Flynn’s experience caring for her infant child, to coping with her father’s death, to remembering the influenc
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Interest blooms in world's greatest Joyce archive

Interest blooms in world's greatest Joyce archive | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Almost 70 years since the University of Buffalo bought the greatest collection of Joycean materials ever assembled, plans are afoot to bring the priceless manuscripts, first editions, notebooks, letters and even canes and eye-glasses of the famed author to Ireland.
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March 2011 Poem of the week: The Seasons by Derek Mahon | Books | The Guardian

March 2011 Poem of the week: The Seasons by Derek Mahon | Books | The Guardian | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
As the change of seasons begins to stir, a mature demonstration of the art of being artless
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Paddy Kelly – Two Poems

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Paddy Kelly was born in Ireland and narrowly avoided being a farmer. A romantic accident moved him to Sweden where he remains to this day, now a huge fan of standing in line, wind-driven snow and fermented fish.
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Student Spring Production: "Dancing at Lughnasa"

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Concord's theater department delivered a more serious production this spring with the Irish drama "Dancing at Lughnasa.
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Liz McSkeane – Writing Life

Liz McSkeane – Writing Life | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Welcome to my website –  I’ve designed it so that you can get to know a bit about me and my writing life. As I was born in Scotland and have lived in Ireland since 1981, I think of myself as both Scottish and Irish. I’ve been writing – and reading, of course – for most of my life but my writing really only took off when I came to live in Ireland. At that time, literature was in the air in Ireland in a way that it probably wasn’t – and I imagine still isn’t – in many other places. Dublin really is a wonderful city for writers! Since those early days, I’ve followed a parallel professional path as a teacher, curriculum developer and educational consultant. Along the way I did a Masters and then a PhD in Education, which have fed into my work with national and international institutions, both here in Ireland, and in Europe. If you want to know more about my work in education, training and social science research, head over to my LinkedIn Profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethmcskeane/  This web-site has a different focus – my Writing Life.  I have been writing poetry and short stories for a long time, and my first novel is due out in the spring.   Poetry I have had three collections of poetry published to date:      “So Long, Calypso,” (Turas Press, 2017)      “Snow at the Opera House” (New Island, 2002)      “In Flight” (Lapwing, 1996). My books are for sale on the Turas Press website: http://www.turaspress.ie Many individual poems have also appeared in different publications, including: Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times, The Shop, The Irish Pages,      The Stinging Fly,  Flare and others. If you would like to read a few of my most recently-published poems, visit:       Gutter Magazine 17, January 2018, http://www.guttermag.co.uk/      Stepaway Magazine No. 22, 2017,   http://stepawaymagazine.com/archives/3405      Orbis 178, Winter, 2016 , http://www.orbisjournal.com/ Short Stories My short stories have appeared in various publications.     The Honest Ulsterman published “Underground”  in November 2017:  http://humag.co/prose/underground    “The Games” appeared in The Irish Pages in 2009, Vol. 6, No.1:   https://www.jstor.org/stable/41412623#page_scan_tab_contents ; Other stories have been published in Census, The Cork Literary Review and others.  Awards In 1999 I won the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune New Irish Writer of the Year Award  and the Poetry Award. My story “Leopold’s Violin” was one of the 2011 Irish Writers Centre Lonely Voice showcase winners. My first novel, “Canticle,” was a winner in the 2016 Irish Writers Centre/Greenbean Novel Fair. It has a whole page to itself, see below! This is a very exciting time because my first novel, “Canticle” has now gone into production, published by Turas Press, and will be launched in the Irish Writers Centre on May 15th at  6.30 pm.  The eminent novelist Anthony Glavin has generously agreed to launch the book, which seems fitting, as he was one of the judges of the IWC/Greenbean Novel Fair 2016 who nominated “Canticle”  a winner that year.  All are welcome – do come and help me celebrate on the night! It’s an historical novel set in Renaissance Spain, inspired by the poetry and the life of the sublime mystic poet, St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz, 1542 – 1591). His writing is as well-known in Spain as Shakespeare is in the English-speaking world and in fact, he was a near-contemporary of Shakespeare. I developed a fascination with San Juan’s life and work when I read him as a student of French and Hispanic Studies at Glasgow University, way back in the mists of time…so researching and writing this novel really was a labour of love. I hope people who read “Canticle” will become as intrigued by this strange and wonderful person, and his poetry, as I am myself. “Canticle” is also a detective story.  It follows the trials of a cynical Dominican friar who gets the job of investigating some of the mysteries of San Juan’s life – he lived in turbulent times, when religious orders were as enmeshed in politics as our political parties are today.  The investigator, Fray Martín, is ordered to search for the lost manuscripts of San Juan’s poems, especially his “Cántico Espiritual” – the Canticle – hence, the title of the book I spent many happy hours in the Sala Cervantes of the Biblioteca Nacional de España, researching the times,  poring over 400-year-old manuscripts (not San Juan’s originals, sadly, which really are lost).    I’ve included in “Canticle” my own translations of a couple of San Juan’s most famous poems: “Noche Oscura del Alma”/ “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Aunque es de Noche”/“Even though it’s Night.” Here is a link to my translation of “Aunque es de Noche. Here is a little taster of the book (uncorrected proofs, so excuse any rogue commas) –  just a few pages from the beginning, to whet your appetite…Canticle E McSkeane Ch 1 Continue reading “Canticle” Translation Ever since my time as a student of languages at Glasgow University, I’ve had a keen interest in translation. The most extensive translation work I’ve done so far was the 2014 “Twenty Poems/Veinte Poemas” book for the Colombian Embassy in London, with the poet  and my good friend Anamaría Crowe Serrano.  Here we are, Anamaría and I, with the Colombian Ambassador at the launch in the Irish Writers’ Centre in October, 2014. Radio Work This is going back a long way! In the early 1990s I worked in the Educational Programmes Department of RTÉ for a year and a half. After I left, I had the pleasure of working with Peter Mooney, now sadly deceased, on three radio documentaries. Thanks to the RTÉ archives, you can still listen to them. “A Stain Upon the Silence,” was produced to coincide with the first Beckett Festival back in 1991:  http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2010/1203/646565-radio-documentary-samuel-beckett/ “The Bread and Butter Man” celebrated the life and work of George Bernard Shaw: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2016/0301/771757-bread-and-butter-man-george-bernard-shaw/ The “Immortal Memory” is the key-note speech traditionally made at a Burns’ Supper, the annual celebration by Scots (and others) worldwide of the life and poetry of Robert Burns on Burns’ Day, January 25th, his birthday. Here is our tribute to Scotland’s Bard: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2011/0208/646630-radio-documentary-immortal-memory-robert-burns/ I always relish the opportunity to share my work, at readings, in workshops, panel discussion, radio programmes or festivals.  If you think I might be a good fit for an event, do get in touch. You can contact me using the form below: Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Subject Your Message And if you are interested in writing a review of any of my books, let me know. Advance review copies of “Canticle” will be ready in mid-April.  I’m on Facebook and Twitter – feel free to follow, like, share or all of the above!
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Caterpillar Poetry: Irish Poetry, and the Good Friday Agreement

Caterpillar Poetry: Irish Poetry, and the Good Friday Agreement | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
I vividly remember the announcement of the Good Friday Agreement, which recently saw its twentieth anniversary.  Its hard to imagine such an...
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Irish manuscript is more important than Dead Sea Scrolls

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Irish manuscript found is more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls
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READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘Nighttown’ by Martina Evans

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘Nighttown’ by Martina Evans | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Issue Nine of The Lonely Crowd features four new poems by Martina Evans. Here, Martina reads one of those poems, 'Nighttown', exclusively for our website. Don't miss Martina reading at our event at Little Man Coffee Co. on May 10th, from 7pm. https://soundcloud.com/user-58636177/nighttown-martina-evans   © Martina Evans, 2018. Image © Jo Mazelis, 2018.
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Tony-winning director Garry Hynes speaks to Broadway World about taking @DruidTheatre's WAITING FOR GODOT on a yearlong tour

Tony-winning director Garry Hynes speaks to Broadway World about taking @DruidTheatre's WAITING FOR GODOT on a yearlong tour | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
One of the great things about DC theatre is that we have the opportunities to experience theater from all over the world, including from some of the most artistically renowned companies.  Take for example the Druid Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland.  Today's subject Garry Hynes is living her theatre life as Artistic Director of that esteemed company.  The Druid's production of Waiting for Godot is embarking on its year-long tour with a run at Shakespeare Theatre Company through May 20.
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'The Trick to Time' book review: Poignant tale of working class heroes

'The Trick to Time' book review: Poignant tale of working class heroes | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Author Kit de Waal recently voiced her concern that working class voices are increasingly absent from the pages of books and newspapers. She and others, dismayed at the lack of diversit
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Poem of the Week: "Blue Poles" by Caitríona O'Reilly

Poem of the Week: "Blue Poles" by Caitríona O'Reilly | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
WFU Press intern Karly Ball writes about seeing "Blue Poles" by Jackson Pollock for the first time, and how Caitríona O'Reilly's poem of the same name helped her understand what drew her to the painting.
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Edna O'Brien to recieve Lifetime Achievement Award - Listowel: in conversation with Eimear McBride

Edna O'Brien to recieve Lifetime Achievement Award - Listowel: in conversation with Eimear McBride | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Edna O'Brien in conversation with Eimear McBride
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42. After Ireland: Declan Kiberd & Eithne Shortall

42. After Ireland: Declan Kiberd & Eithne Shortall | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Declan Kiberd is Irish literature’s arch critic. Equally comfortable in prose, poetry, theatre, fiction or non-fiction, Kiberd’s fluency in English and Irish allows him to switch between traditions like no other.
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Lit Review | 124 | Cork World Book Festival

Lit Review | 124 | Cork World Book Festival | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Lit Review is back, with book festivals in Dublin and Cork, poetry and short story competitions, workshops and more.
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Three Small Irish Masterpieces (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Three Small Irish Masterpieces (Irish Repertory Theatre) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Yeats, Synge and Lady Gregory's plays are featured in this collection of short works written during the Celtic Revival as the Irish voice manifested itself in theater.
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How a new generation of writers are changing Irish literature

How a new generation of writers are changing Irish literature | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
‘They illustrate important issues in Irish society today’, says Maynooth University’s Michael Cronin.
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Psychedelic Cyclists – An Irishman’s Diary about Albert Hofmann and Flann O’Brien

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The best new Irish crime fiction

The best new Irish crime fiction | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
John Connolly, Gerard Brennan, Dervla McTiernan, Cormac O’Keeffe and Olivia Kiernan
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Off-Broadway Review: “The Seafarer” at Irish Repertory Theatre

Off-Broadway Review: “The Seafarer” at Irish Repertory Theatre | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The latest offering of the Irish Repertory Theatre is the revival of “The Seafearer” by Conor McPherson, which opened on Broadway in 2007 and was nominated for a TONY award for best play that seaso…...
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Has Irish literature ignored our colonial experience?

Has Irish literature ignored our colonial experience? | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
James Kelman claims ‘there has been nothing of note in the Irish tradition for about 100 years’. Does he have a point?Critics and historians respond...
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Adventures in Ideas: The Essay Now

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NON-FICTION Kevin Breathnach is a writer from Dublin. His essays have appeared in the Dublin Review, The White Review, Granta (online), gorse, The New Inquiry, The Tangerine and elsewhere. His first book – a sequence of critical essays and personal essays about internalized homophobia, misogyny and racism – is forthcoming in January 2019. Brian Dillon …
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