Bray Literary Festival


If I look slightly guilty, it may be down to having Kentucky Fried Jesus peering over my shoulder

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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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RIP Barry Norman


For film fans of a certain generation, today is a sad day. Barry Norman, legendary film critic, has passed away. For almost 25 years he presented Film [insert year here] on BBC One, and arguably as one of the most influential British film critics, known to movie fans for his witty, insightful reviews of the […]

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Twenty Books of Summer: Echoland


When you’ve been at this business as long as me you’ll learn not to be surprised by anything. One day you’re arresting people. Next day you’re protecting the same people. The day after, who knows? They’re shooting you, or you’re saluting them. Echoland by Joe Joyce has been selected as the 2017 Dublin One City […]

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