“I am entering the frozen land, although to which country it belongs I cannot say.” David Park’s novel Travelling in a Strange Land is a brief story about fathers and sons, memory and regret, told from the point of view of a middle-aged man, Tom, travelling from Belfast to Sunderland to collect his son […]Read more "Travelling in a Strange Land"
At the International Literature Festival Dublin last week, Lucy Caldwell and Anakana Schofield read from and discussed their work. Click on the link to read my report. Source: Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell You can listen to my brief interview with Anakana Schofield following the event:Read more "Niall McArdle on Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell"
I watched Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out as part of the 1947 in Film Blogathon SUMMARY: Johnny McQueen, leader of a clandestine Irish organization, has been hiding in the house of Kathleen and her mother, planning a hold-up that will provide his group with the funds needed to continue its activities. During the hold-up, things go […]Read more "Odd Man Out"
? When asked why he chose to set his first crime novel in the US, Irish writer John Connolly said, ‘Because in Ireland everybody would’ve known who done it within days.’ Exaggeration aside, in the pre-Celtic Tiger landscape of Ireland, this may well have been the case, but it certainly isn’t nowadays as Irish crime…Read more "The Irresistible Rise of Irish Crime Fiction – A Begorrathon 2015 Post from 746 Books"
How can this be? How can a film set in Belfast at the height of the Troubles – about punk music, of all things – be so sweet?Read more "Good Vibrations"
There’s more to the Irish music scene than Bono, the Edge, Adam and Larry.Read more "St. Patrick’s Week: 50 Great Irish Songs!!!! (none by U2!)"
She had a nice line in busybodies: spinsters, gossips and maids (often Irish). She was described as having “the stare of a detective, the voice of an air raid siren, and the body of a scarecrow.” In an age when there was an awful lot of stage-Irishness in Hollywood films (Abby’s Irish Rose, Mother Machree), it must have grated on her ears to hear so many Oirish brogues.Read more "Diasporational Part Fourteen: Una O’Connor, Lovable Screamer!"