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Up-to-Date Coverage of The World of Irish Literature
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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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Move over, Don Draper. How Shaw used ads as recruiting posters in disguise

Move over, Don Draper. How Shaw used ads as recruiting posters in disguise | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
George Bernard Shaw was a master of publicity whose primary product was himself
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Pascale Casanova: A French champion of Irish literature

Pascale Casanova: A French champion of Irish literature | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
To the late critic, Ireland had managed against the odds to win world recognition
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Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry in conversation with Joseph O'Connor Tickets, Thu 7 Mar 2019 at 19:00

Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry in conversation with Joseph O'Connor Tickets, Thu 7 Mar 2019 at 19:00 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry in conversation with Joseph O'Connor Sebastian Barry will join fellow writer and Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing at UL Joseph O'Connor, to read from a selection of his books and for a conversation about the golden age of Irish writers and readers,...
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A reappraisal of Lady Gregory

A reappraisal of Lady Gregory | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Augusta Gregory is known as a nationalist but she was also a social reformer insipred by John Ruskin
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John Boyne Reviews My Coney Island Baby: unpretentious romance about a middle-aged love affair

John Boyne Reviews My Coney Island Baby: unpretentious romance about a middle-aged love affair | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Billy O’Callaghan writes with elegance and wisdom about a complex love situation
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As light between our bodies moves | by Stephen James Smith for the National Gallery of Ireland - commissioned to mark 25 years since Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ was unveiled at the National G...

As light between our bodies moves | by Stephen James Smith for the National Gallery of Ireland
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My Coney Island Baby author Q&A –

My Coney Island Baby author Q&A – | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Cork writer Billy O'Callaghan is probably best known as a short story writer: winner of the inaugural Short Story of the Year prize at the Irish Book Awards in 2013, runner up for the 2016 Costa Short Story Prize and the 2017 choice for Cork's One City, One Book with his collection The Things We…
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Comic timing: Why The Irish Times is backing a new graphic short story competition

Comic timing: Why The Irish Times is backing a new graphic short story competition | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The artists behind Ireland’s new comic contest on why the artform is blossoming
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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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A review of Where the Lost Things Go By Anne Casey – Compulsive Reader

A review of Where the Lost Things Go By Anne Casey – Compulsive Reader | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Reviewed by Magdalena Ball Where the Lost Things Go By Anne Cssey Salmon Poetry ISBN-13: 978-1910669907, Paperback: 96 pages, Jan 2018 Anne Casey’s debut collection, Where the Lost Things Go, is a delicate book. The work is meditative, and rich with compassion, sorrow, longing and care. The poems cover a lot of ground but pivot around grief, loss, displacement, and the various forms of love, from romantic love to the love between parent and child, to the kind of love we feel for our world and one another. The title poem opens the book, and is a lovely short piece which laments the passing of time, death, and loss: we dived into the sky and to the purple-hearted dark an ocean we did cry for all the lost things gathered there As the title suggests, much of the book is an ode to lost things, from the fifteen “In memoriam” poems that follow the title poem, to “Open letter” series, the“Metaphoric rise” set, the “Morning Rush” sequence, and the many poems that track all of the many people, spaces, and selves that we lose as we move through our lives. “In memoriam” is like a collection of lost things itself. Places like childhood homes, spaces that families once congregated, a home abandoned, and the people who were loved and are gone: “Would you ever think of coming home?” Her words would catch me Unawares Lips poised at the edge Of a steaming mug (“In memoriam II: The draper”) These poems go a step beyond nostalgia, into a present-tense space where regret and sensual pleasure co-mingle. Casey reanimates missing people – the mothers and sisters (and other people) who are no longer with us, shops we once visited, old ways of doing things, scents and tastes of childhood, and the many mistakes and collusions, and transforms them into something permanent: In my mind’s eye The sun forever shining Though I know it wasn’t always Glinting off the soft inky crests Turquoise melting into royal bue (“In memoriam XIII: Afloat”) The “Open Letters” series is mostly unconditionally loving, lamenting a world that can’t be fixed, and apologising for not being able to fix it: “I hold myself accountable”. This theme continues with the poems that follow, where the child may be a younger self, or a growing child. There is always a tug and a transition at the heart of each poem. Though Casey’s focus is generally the domestic, and there are many beautiful poems about childhood, coming of age, being a mother, losing a mother, and growing older, there is a subtle underlying politics inherent in the work. A few of the poems are overtly political, incorporating irony and structure in ways that pack a serious punch. One example of this is “Metaphoric rise”, which tracks the 2016 US Presidential Election in a series of Haiku-like 3 line poems that follow a time progression through the process.  This series couples punned titles, rich imagery, and a very subtle examination of the process to create an arc that is chilling: a fiery sunrise heralds stormy days to come Ice shifts at the poles (“Paradox Lost”) As with all of Casey’s work, the critique is subtle but makes its point perfectly.  As with every poem in the collection there is an underlying press for compassion above cold efficiency or profitability: Sifting and shifting and shrinking our thinking Prescribing our liking Mining, divining, refining Terrabyting the spaces to nothing (“No-one will hear”) Though the poetry maintains an easy softness, there’s a warrior-like focus on shedding light on brutality and callousness especially cold-heartedness over the personal, the caring, and the inclusive. The poems are decidedly feminist, and explore such topics as women’s right to autonomy over their own bodies (and the devastating consequences when that right is withheld), ecological destruction, techno-based isolation, and the callous, uncaring and selfish wherever it occurs: the humus is humming and I’m slumming with the thrivers I have joined the underground resistance Where the Lost Things Go is a powerful book. The immediate accessibility of the poetry does not diminish the impact of the work, which moves through key moments in life, tracking grief, loss, ageing, parenting, and what it means to take a stance in a world where the need for compassion as a political gesture–deep-seated humanism–is greater than it has ever been. These are poems that bear regular re-reading, and in whose rhythms a human heart beats so strongly it’s impossible not to feel drawn in. Views All Time123 Views Today17
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A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford by Derek Mahon

A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford by Derek Mahon | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Even now there are places where a thought might grow—...
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On my radar: Eimear McBride’s cultural highlights | Books | The Guardian

On my radar: Eimear McBride’s cultural highlights | Books | The Guardian | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing on Booker-winner Anna Burns, musician Alasdair Roberts, and her favourite bakery...
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A woman walks into a bar and walks out writing a novel

A woman walks into a bar and walks out writing a novel | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Anne Griffin grew up listening to stories but it’s the written word that truly won her heart
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'Milkman,' 'His Favorites,' and the #MeToo-Era Novels

'Milkman,' 'His Favorites,' and the #MeToo-Era Novels | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Three recent novels demonstrate how fiction can deftly capture the long-term effects of sexual assault and harassment.
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Smithereens Press - SP26 Little Deaths, by Seanin Hughes

Smithereens Press - SP26 Little Deaths, by Seanin Hughes | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Online Poetry Publisher - Smithereens Press, chapbook SP26 Little Deaths by Seanin Hughes.
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Radio 4 - In Our Time, Samuel Beckett

Radio 4 - In Our Time, Samuel Beckett | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the playwright and novelist, author of Waiting for Godot
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Comic timing: Why The Irish Times is backing a new graphic short story competition

Comic timing: Why The Irish Times is backing a new graphic short story competition | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The artists behind Ireland’s new comic contest on why the artform is blossoming
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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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