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Maighread Medbh | A Reading of Michael Hartnett's 'Epitaph for John Kelly, Blacksmith'

The first line has remained in my memory since first reading it. Maybe the fact that the poet is from my home town made me pay attention to him first. Maybe it was recognition of a fellow psychic sound, spawned by the atmosphere of a slightly askew town l
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How do Irish literary festivals treat writers?

How do Irish literary festivals treat writers? | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Free speech, yes. Speak for free? No. As British literary festivals come under fire for not paying authors, Sarah Gilmartin finds out the state of play and rates of pay here
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Frank O'Connor Fellowship

Frank O'Connor Fellowship | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
This international poetry competition gives TWO winners chapbook publications and cash prizes. Winning poets will be considered as potential readers at the Munster Literature Centre's annual poetry festival.
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Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction gives Helen Garner validation and $US150,000

Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction gives Helen Garner validation and $US150,000 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
When Helen Garner found an email in her junk file last week from someone at Yale University who had
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Interview with Stephanie Conn, winner of the Seamus Heaney Award 2015

Stephanie Conn talks about the Seamus Heaney Award and how she is facing this year with her new projects Her first collection, "The woman on the other side" ...
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Irish playwright Abbie Spallen wins $150,000 prize-one of the world's richest literary awards

Irish playwright Abbie Spallen wins $150,000 prize-one of the world's richest literary awards | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Co Down woman wins Windham-Campbell Prize, one of world’s richest literary awards
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Waking the Feminists takes to the US stage-'its time to ‘kick the f**king door down’

Waking the Feminists takes to the US stage-'its time to ‘kick the f**king door down’ | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
its time to ‘kick the f**king door down’
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Olivier awards 2016: complete list of nominations including Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent

Olivier awards 2016: complete list of nominations including Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent
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Turlough and Overseen, two poems by Paul McMahon

Turlough and Overseen, two poems by Paul McMahon | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
February’s two Hennessy New Irish Writing winning poems
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Irish Voices Strong on Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist

Irish Voices Strong on Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

The complete online writing magazine

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Keep Poems Alive International-Janice Fitzpatrick Simmon The Word Made Flesh

Keep Poems Alive International-Janice Fitzpatrick Simmon The Word Made Flesh | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons
The Word Made Flesh
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Interview: Newry playwright Abbie Spallen awarded $150,000 literary prize

Interview: Newry playwright Abbie Spallen awarded $150,000 literary prize | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
ABBIE SPALLEN gibbered for ten minutes when she received the surprise news that she had won a major literary prize for her plays. I interviewed the Newry playwright this afternoon.
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Taking an interest in Irish books online

Taking an interest in Irish books online | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Our idea is very simple: to have the contents of the Irish Interest section of every Irish bookshop available on the internet
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Compass Lines at The Irish Writers Centre

Compass Lines at The Irish Writers Centre | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
    Compass Lines is a writers’ exchange project aiming to establish links between writers and communities in the North and South of Ireland, while additionally examining relationships between the East and West of these islands, through workshops, public discussions, and the commissioning of new collaborative writing. Compass Lines aims to encourage artistic fusion and…
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Nine Authors, Playwrights Win $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prizes

Nine Authors, Playwrights Win $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prizes | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Tessa Hadley, Hilton Als and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins are among this year’s winners.
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A new adventure in literary broadcasting | The Attic Sessions

A new adventure in literary broadcasting | The Attic Sessions | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
For the last few years I have been making short films about the arts in Ireland. I have met some amazing people, travelled to some extraordinary places and
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Poetry Archives #1: Sam Gardiner - Latest News - Lagan Press

Poetry Archives #1: Sam Gardiner - Latest News - Lagan Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In counterbalance to our 'Poetry Originals' series, we bring you the first in our new 'Poetry Archives' series, showcasing highlights from the Lagan collection. Our first poet is Sam Gardiner and his 2010 collection, 'The Morning After'ONE WINTERThe ghosts who inhabit the summerhousein winter remembered him reading his westernsabout real men with big hands and womenwith big eyes. They raised thin voicesunlikely to disturb the deckchair spiders,or the narcissus bulbs smouldering hopefullyin dark borders where he planted them.When the vicar appeared at his bedsideand said ‘Let us try a wee prayer, Tom,’Tom flapped him away, saying ‘I’ve tried thatand it doesn’t work.’ So the vicar prayedfor him in church that Sunday. It didn’t work.We gave away his homing pigeons to friendsand members of the flying club, but they keptcoming back, in case nothing had changed.CLEARING THE SKYAt last the tree is getting undressed.When I stand on the saddle wherethe trunk forks I am twenty foottall. The timber fights back, grips tighterthe more deeply I tug and thrustthe saw across the grain. The view,over a wall not normally seen over,into long windows standing wide openis how I am paid: a dining table,chairs and a rocking horse once hiddenin trees, hard won from wood thatgrows the wrong shape, always. Sweatingastride a bough as think as a thighI recharge my arm as the half-sawn branch parts to accept the blade.
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Emma Donoghue Wins Best First Screenplay for 'Room' at 2016 Independent Spirit Awards

Emma Donoghue Wins Best First Screenplay for 'Room' at 2016 Independent Spirit Awards | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Emma Donoghue's Room won best first screenplay at the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.
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Belinda McKeon in Conversation with Gabriel Byrne | McNally Jackson Books

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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: 1982 – The Hunt by Night, by Derek Mahon

Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: 1982 – The Hunt by Night, by Derek Mahon | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In this collection, as in much of the poet’s work, dreams of permanence give way to history’s merciless demand to leave everything behind
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