making hay in kells all weekend


I spent a wonderful weekend of songs, stories and laughter in Kells at the Hay Festival Kells. The heritage town was filled with writers, musicians and artists, including Hanif Kureishi. We strolled around town together, discussing the Book of Kells, medieval round towers, Brehon laws, and Cromwell. I don’t have many claims to fame, but I can […]

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The Dream Against The Deed


Poet Patrick Deeley has written a beautiful memoir about growing up in East Galway. The Hurley Maker’s Son has been hailed for its evocative prose, and for its moving celebration of life in rural Ireland in the 1960s. As a child, Deeley was something of a misfit in his family: a loner, a dreamer, and […] […]

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Making Hay in Kells


From the sister site: The historic Irish town of Kells — as in The Book of Kells, which might not have been written in Kells, and isn’t actually in Kells anymore, but no matter — will play host to some of the world’s finest writers this coming weekend during the Hay Festival Kells. The line-up […]

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RIP Muhammad Ali


Sad news this morning of the death of Muhammad Ali. The sports icon was 74 and had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for many years. Ali, formerly Cassius Clay (aka ‘The Louisville Lip’) was considered the greatest boxer of all time, as well as a flamboyant and controversial figure. Here is a review I wrote […]

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