It’s Reading Ireland Month 2021!

Hey, long time no see! It’s been an age since I posted anything And here I am again in 2021, locked down but still fluffing It’s that time of year again when myself and Cathy at 746 Books celebrate all things Irish: books, music, film, art and whatever you’re having yourself We’re inviting bloggers to […]

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An Arrow in Flight: Introducing Short Story Week and a giveaway!

Ireland has produced some of the world’s most celebrated short story writers – and continues to do so. Why are the Irish so good at the form, and why do they love it so much?

Ireland’s history with the short story form is well documented. James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain, Maeve Brennan, William Trevor and Mary Lavin are just some of a long list of internationally recognised writers.

For Frank O’Connor, whose study of the short story – The Lonely Voice – is considered a seminal work, the Irish are successful as writers of the short story because the best short stories focus on ‘submerged groups’ – marginalised people who live at the fringes of society and have no effective voice.

His main theory is that this submerged population changes its character from writer to writer, from generation to generation. It may be Gogol’s officials; Turgenev’s serfs…

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John Hewitt Summer School 2017

wonderful report from a wonderful week

Jan Carson Writes

Another week, another book festival. Another twelve hour stopover in my own house. Another frantic scramble to find enough clean socks to make it through ’til Friday. Another futile attempt to coerce my plants back to life with a half-hearted weekly water. Another scenic run up the M1. Another attempt to pre-think exactly which short story collections I will want to refer to in my workshops which inevitably ends in brain muddle and the decision to just bring all the books in the world with me anyway. Inevitably I will cart all the books in the world about in Tesco bags for life, (bag for lives?), for the duration of the week, putting my shoulder out and never once referring to any of them, all the time quietly confident that if a question about Bridget Jones’ Diary or Faulkner or The Da Vinci Code were to come up, I’d be…

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Now this is how to do a trailer. Just the other day, I was watching this very interesting video about how to make a good movie trailer. Woodshock stars Kirsten Dunst and appears to be about her character wandering around the woods, standing by the water’s edge, and preparing medicinal joints. It’s filled with odd, woozy […]

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Spring has sprung …

Of course, it’s still cold and wet in Dublin … and the wind is fierce … But still … And any excuse to play this is welcome … Or read this … A light exists in spring Not present on the year At any other period. When March is scarcely here A color stands abroad On […]

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Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84. “He was one of the fathers…… via […]


Oscars 2017: Hail, Caesar

The Film: Hail, Caesar The Pitch: There’s No Business Like Showbusiness … Ya Got That, Buster? Number of Nominations: 1 Which Categories? Best Production Design Will it Win? No. In another year, Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh‘s loving recreation of 1950s Hollywood, with sets that wouldn’t look out of place in famous movies of the era, […]

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