If you happen to be near Tralee this Saturday, there’s a festival of dance and music taking place at Banna Strand that looks to be unmissable. Féile Fáilte, organized by Irish choreographer Fearghus Ó Chonchúir, is a celebration and examination of the legacy of Roger Casement, the former British diplomat and humanitarian activist who threw his support behind […]Read more "The Casement Project"
A reblog of an old post about The Night of Broken Glass.Read more "K is for Kristallnacht"
Woodhull selected a costume she would wear as president of the United States, showing it briefly to an astonished reporter from the New York Sun. Pants of dark blue cloth reached to her knees and buckled over light blue stockings.Read more "Teaser Tuesday"
The world is in shock after Friday’s horrific events in Paris. This is the second time this year that Parisians have had to suffer a sudden murderous attack. Following the murders of cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo in January, the slogan Je Suis Charlie was take up across the world as a rallying cry for freedom […]Read more "Je Suis un Parisien"
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the day that D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was finally available for sale in the United Kingdom, after a landmark legal battle when the book’s publishers faced an obscenity trial because of the book’s supposedly lewd content. The Prosecution famously asked the jury “Is it a book that you would […]Read more "“Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?”"
I reviewed some books for the current issue of Canadian Literature. Regarding Stan Persky’s Post-Communist Stories, I wrote: A thoughtful, warm, and often wryly funny examination of a topic usually given a sober treatment: the state of the former Eastern Bloc after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Perhaps because in his day job Perksy […]Read more "Drawing the Curtain"
To celebrate making the longlist for the Irish Blog Awards, I am continuing my reposting of old posts to do with the Irish Diaspora. Here is a piece I did about an Irishman’s account of fighting for the Union in the U.S. Civil War.Read more "Ireland and the U.S. Civil War"
It seems that ice cream is no longer just the food of choice for sad single women, but a defiant supporter of equal rights.Read more "Celebrate gay marriage with a pint of I Dough, I Dough from Ben & Jerry’s"
X is for Xanadu In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. – Coleridge I was going to write something about Orson Welles yesterday, but then I realised that I still needed something for the letter X. So […]Read more "X is for Xanadu"
Whatever his reasons, Byrne sailed from England in the summer of 1787 with forty men and spent the next two years fiddling on deck, dependant on the kindness of his mates to feed and help him.Read more "The Blind Irish Fiddler and The Mutiny on The Bounty – A Begorrathon 2015 Post"