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Book Launch: Tom French & Michael Coady – 20 February

Book Launch: Tom French & Michael Coady – 20 February | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Tuesday 20 February, 7.00pm Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1 Tickets: Free, booking advised The Gallery Press in association with Poetry Ireland hopes you will join us in celebrating the publication of Given Light by Michael Coady and The Last Straw by Tom French. Given Light, Michael Coady’s most moving book to date, incorporates — in his own …
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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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Evelyn Grant's Weekend Drive This week ..Eileen Sheehan reads The Greatest

Evelyn Grant's Weekend Drive This week ..Eileen Sheehan reads The Greatest | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
This week ..Eileen Sheehan reads The Greatest
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Real-life drama at The Abbey - watch the Prime Time report

Real-life drama at The Abbey - watch the Prime Time report | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Last night's episode of Prime Time on RTÉ One examined the current drama offstage at the Abbey Theatre.
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Martina Devlin's Truth & Dare - read an extract

Martina Devlin's Truth & Dare - read an extract | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
We're delighted to present an extract from Tucked Away, a new short story from Truth & Dare: Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland by Martina Devlin.
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An Evening With Colum McCann: Fearless Hope Through Radical Empathy Tickets, Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM

An Evening With Colum McCann: Fearless Hope Through Radical Empathy Tickets, Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Waynflete and The Telling Room are pleased to present "Fearless Hope Through Radical Empathy: An Evening With Colum McCann" on Wednesday, February 6.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. His work has been published in over 40 languages. Colum is the co-founder of Narrative 4, the nonprofit global story exchange organization. He teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College.
Colum will discuss the goals of Narrative 4 and how to achieve "fearless hope and radical empathy" through storytelling.
Ticket sales help support the 2019 New England Youth Identity Summit.
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Dublin exhibitions show Heaney's archive and religious treasures

Dublin exhibitions show Heaney's archive and religious treasures | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Seamus Heaney and Alfred Chester Beatty left a raft of possessions to the Irish people.
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The Books That Samuel Beckett Read and Really Liked (1941-1956)

The Books That Samuel Beckett Read and Really Liked (1941-1956) | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Clad in a black turtleneck and with a shock of white hair, Samuel Beckett was a gaunt, gloomy high priest of modernism.
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Samuel Beckett rejected as unsuitable for the Nobel prize in 1968 -Newly released papers show the committee chairman’s doubts in 1968 whether a prize for the Irish author would be in the spirit of ...

Samuel Beckett rejected as unsuitable for the Nobel prize in 1968 -Newly released papers show the committee chairman’s doubts in 1968 whether a prize for the Irish author would be in the spirit of ... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Newly released papers show the committee chairman’s doubts in 1968 whether a prize for the Irish author would be in the spirit of the award
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Ulysses for All 2019 – Spring/Summer Course

Ulysses for All 2019 – Spring/Summer Course | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Join us in 2019 at the James Joyce Centre for the return of our popular lifelong learning course, Ulysses for All. Led by Dubliner and Joycean Caroline Elbay, the group will work through the episodes of Joyce’s masterpiece in a structured, accessible and relaxed environment. Beginning on Wednesday 6 February, the course runs over 18 weeks and …
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The Man Booker Prize Winner 2018 Anna Burns in conversation at The Tabernacle

The Man Booker Prize Winner 2018 Anna Burns in conversation at The Tabernacle | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Faber & Faber is one of the world's great publishing houses and home to T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, William Golding, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Kazuo Ishiguro, and more.
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On Designing A.E.’s Selected Poems – Swan River Press

On Designing A.E.’s Selected Poems – Swan River Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Occasionally I like to write about how a Swan River book can come together. Back in 2015, I wrote a short piece on how we assembled our edition of Lafcadio Hearn's Insect Literature, a beautiful book that is now unfortunately out of print. (Though you can still read about how we put it together!) This…
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Nominations requested for Ireland Professor of Poetry | Ireland Chair of Poetry

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For old times' sake: Colm Tóibín's fascination with Ingrid Bergman | Film | The Guardian

For old times' sake: Colm Tóibín's fascination with Ingrid Bergman | Film | The Guardian | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Colm Tóibín fell under Ingrid Bergman's spell as a boy and has been entranced ever since
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Abbey Directors criticised by Irish theatre community

Abbey Directors criticised by Irish theatre community | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Neil Murray and Graham McLaren, the Directors of the Abbey Theatre, have been taken to task in an open letter signed by more than 300 members of the Irish theatre community.
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The Abbey Theatre in crisis - the offstage drama explained

The Abbey Theatre in crisis - the offstage drama explained | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
From the stormy reception given to Synge and O'Casey plays at the beginning of the last century to the more recent Waking the Feminists movement, the Abbey Theatre has a history of making news as well as art.
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Truth and Dare review : Book Review: Truth & Dare by Martina Devlin

Truth and Dare review : Book Review: Truth & Dare by Martina Devlin | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Martina Devlin's Truth & Dare is an engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational collection of stories based on the lives of iconic Irish historical female figures.
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Colum McCann reveals secret of the New York writing Irish

Colum McCann reveals secret of the New York writing Irish | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Many aspiring writers have uprooted themselves for a move to New York and the Irish are no different. From Frank McCourt to Colum McCann, some of our finest have walked these streets, allowing the sights and sounds to add to their work and forming their identities in the City that Never Sleeps. 
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Seamus Heaney’s Idea of America Tickets, Fri, 8 Feb 2019 at 13:00

Seamus Heaney’s Idea of America Tickets, Fri, 8 Feb 2019 at 13:00 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
'Seamus Heaney’s Idea of America: from American Pastoral to an American Tragedy'
Join Dr Edward O 'Shea for a close examination of Seamus Heaney’s poetry, plays, and prose revealing his shifting perspectives  on American culture from the California Sixties to 9/11.
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'Words are all we have': Samuel Beckett and our times | CBC Radio

'Words are all we have': Samuel Beckett and our times | CBC Radio | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Suddenly, Beckett is everywhere. His plays are not just being staged, but selling out. He may be the most pertinent writer for our absurd and chaotic post-truth times, as we struggle to find purpose, meaning and reason for hope.
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'All things come to an end': A last meeting with Samuel Beckett

'All things come to an end': A last meeting with Samuel Beckett | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Mark Axelrod considers what would come to be his final meeting with Samuel Beckett.
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How Do You Set James Joyce's Most Famous Story on the Stage? | Literary Hub

How Do You Set James Joyce's Most Famous Story on the Stage? | Literary Hub | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
It’s a touch ironic that the central hook of The Dead, 1904, an immersive theatrical adaptation of James Joyce’s short story “The Dead,” is a lavish holiday feast. Performed at the wonderfully fest…
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Poetry of Exile: Thomas McCarthy on José Manuel Cardona

Poetry of Exile: Thomas McCarthy on José Manuel Cardona | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
BIRNAM WOOD El Bosque de Birnam by  José Manuel Cardona Tr. by Hélène Cardona Salmon Press, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-912561-18-6   The late José Manuel Cardona, star poet of Ibiza, scholar, translator and literary victim of Franco, has died only very recently and his death has robbed Europe of one of its last links with a golden age of cosmopolitan, internationalist Spanish poetry. The fractures of the Spanish Civil War and the volcanic dispersal of Spanish genius as Fascism gripped Madrid has now, almost all of it, passed into the dismal history of Western Europe. Cardona was one of the last survivors, a witness of history, a heroic, unbowed Spanish soul. His peripatetic life in the service of the United Nations, a life that followed academic training in Nancy, Geneva and Barcelona, became a kind of metaphor of the mid-Twentieth century. He wandered because he was a political exile and he served the UN because, having seen the work of tyranny like Conor Cruise O’Brien or Sergio Vieira de Mello, he wished to place his intelligence and mental formation at the service of humankind. It was part of the sheer magnificence of intellectuals of Cardona’s generation that they never wavered in their belief in humanism, in our common humanity, despite all the provocation of world Powers involved in the Great Game. José Manuel Cardona never succumbed to cynicism despite that anti-Fascist life of exile and estrangement. Near the end of his days El Bosque de Birnam: Antología poética was published as a late tribute by the government of Ibiza. The gesture ennobles them. Now it is available in the English language as Birnam Wood, a dual-language edition, published by the indefatigable Salmon Poetry on the windswept Irish Cliffs of Moher. The translation has been done by an equally talented poet, his profoundly gifted daughter, Hélène Cardona; and a great deal of Cardona’s baroque and classical intensity has been carried over into the English language: ‘This is the same river witnessed by Heraclitus’ eyes even though it’s not the same river. I ponder this way, spellbound On the banks of the Danube This fall afternoon When the waters flow, furrowed…’ Inevitably, this is a great poetry of exile. But it is not one dimensional: the highly educated Cardona has many, many stories to tell the reader. This is a lush and richly textured poetry, a heavy Spanish brocade, poetry as artwork, poems as stained glass: ‘Circe, you recognise,’ he writes, ‘you decipher/ Enigmas and the color of the omen. / I always await the revelation. / I am among those who believe in magic.’ His mighty sequence ‘Poems to Circe’ has all the ambition and achievement of someone profoundly European. It is a work that can sit easily beside Seferis’s great poems of exile and return, or beside Elytis’s gigantic sequence of the Albanian campaign. This is Europe yearning: ‘Exalted were you in my dreams,/ Almost inaccessible like an island/ Sought and sought for years.’ Here Cardona addresses this goddess of the Sun, maker of wild beasts out of men in the Odyssey, this dangerous creature of Aeaea and the Roman Circeiiof Campania. Ultimately, it’s poetry that’s the true daughter of the sun but love, for Cardona, is the language of fire and the scattered universe of wines; Circe is also the land, the receiver of seeds. Circe, too, like love or home, is eagle, chalice, time and olive tree.  Understanding neither abundance nor rainfall, the poet bewitches or charms Circe – or tries to, rather – by claiming poetry’s kinship with Circe’s immortal essence: ‘But I believe our essence is the same, Which is the trade of dethroned kings. And with little I hold my vigil. Don’t ask me anymore about the extent Of my watchful arms. Distance Counts sometimes as little as time.’ In these lines we can hear the desperation and exile of the Mediterranean wanderer, the Twentieth Century condition. The vigil against Fascism was so long, and so physically and morally expensive, that time and distance became interchangeable. It was not the sun or daughters of the sun who made beasts of mankind. ‘The foreigner knows that the land/ He most loves is not his and he remains/ Like an unfamiliar sailor among men’ Cardona writes in ‘Poem to Circe XIX’, and he goes on ‘I am iconoclastic and break idols./ I affirm and deny with the same force.’ His disorientation and inability to re-integrate reminds us of the forces of European history rather than pre-history or the era of the Immortals. The force and intensity of the verse here is beautifully captured by the daughter-translator who has left everything said and nothing unsaid from the intense originals. ‘It is beautiful to be born like birds/ on a stone nest,’ says the poet in ‘Ibiza,’ a golden hymn to a loved island refuge, a poem that opens the El Vendimiador/ The Vintner section of the collection. Ibiza here is ‘a word, a blaze,/ a little geography,’ the island itself becoming a metaphor for the poet’s life, that intense life of love after torture, of fig trees after exile. This paean to Ibiza is followed by an emotional Ode to the poet’s brother ‘Ode to a Young Mariner.’ In beautifully precise nautical and classical lines, drenched with the spray of details, the poet appeals to his brother not to voyage without him across ‘a ferocious foam.’ This is poetry of an intense brotherly attachment: ‘Wait for me, brother, when you anchor your vessel in the sea you’ve loved. No need to depart so alone…..’ Such fraternal intensity is carried over into the perfect lyrics of ‘Four Orphic Sonnets,’ four flawless sonnets that celebrate love, art, and the solitary passion of both art and human love. These seem like perfect works, jewels of the Spanish language, and Hélène Cardona has correctly decided not to mirror the rhyme scheme in English; rather, the thoughts flow unfettered as thoughts always should in good translation. These poems are the smaller diamonds in a sparkling collection, a book that quivers and shines like lacquer-work in direct sunlight. The whole enterprise here, the genius of the father and his undaunted Classicism, the fidelity and skill of the daughter-translator, makes for a rare and beautiful event in world poetry. Birnam Wood is one of the most impressive collections of poetry I’ve read in recent years. –Thomas McCarthy
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Trumpets (Own, and the Blowing Of)-Soft Touch by Louise G Cole - 20 poems chosen by the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in her Laureate’s Choice series for 2019.

Trumpets (Own, and the Blowing Of)-Soft Touch by Louise G Cole - 20 poems chosen by the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in her Laureate’s Choice series for 2019. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Soft Touch is my book of 20 poems chosen by the UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in her Laureate’s Choice series for 2019.
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