Another week of posts for Reading Ireland Month has come and gone. There are now almost sixty posts about Irish culture! Well done, everybody. Big news from this week was the announcement that both Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney have made the long list for The Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction. Abie Spallen is a […]Read more "Begorrathon 2016: Week Two"
A big ‘howaya, what’s the story, bud?’ to a few of our favourite artsy Irish peeps .Read more "A Ludicrously Incestuous Begorrathon Post"
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too […]Read more "A Transatlantic Teaser Tuesday"
Congratulations to Dubliner Ben Cleary on winning Best Live Action Short Film at last night’s Oscars! STUTTERER #irelandmonth16Read more "STUTTERER"
As soon as you have recovered from the shock of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar win on Sunday night, you can start preparing your posts for The Begorrathon. Reading Ireland Month begins on Monday, February 29th. Take a leap with us. Bookmark the link above to post your Irish-themed stories. The link goes live at 9:00 am […]Read more
The film does a very good job of both conveying claustrophobia and of showing how Joy makes one little room an everywhere, to borrow Donne’s wordsRead more "Oscars 2016: Room"
I’m very pleased to announce that I had a short story published in The Irish Times on Saturday, as this month’s winner of the Hennessy Short Story of the Month. Which is very nice. You can read the story here, if you want.Read more "19 Ways to Say “I Love You”"
Panti’s life and reluctant political activism is now the subject of a documentaryRead more "The Queen of Ireland (trailer)"
This is another old post that I am reposting to celebrate making the longlist for the Irish Blog Awards. Seeing as I am in the Diaspora category, it seems appropriate to include a post about being an Irish emigrant. Mostly it involves tea. The original story is here. The Irish Times ebook mentioned in the […]Read more "Ireland and Me"
As well as being excellently-written in carefully chosen prose, they are also examinations of some of Ireland’s harder truths: the unfettered power of the Church; the Magdalene Laundries; the Industrial Schools; the engrained prejudice against Travellers.Read more "Benjamin Black’s Elegy for April – A Begorrathon 2015 Post"