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Poetry: Eleanor Hooker

Photo 'Driftwood' Ruth McKee   "...a poem is a way of happening, a mouth." (W.H. Auden)   https://www.youtube.com/embed/P-G-lZK8QVg Living

What’s on your bedside table? Authors and book-lovers tell us what they’re reading now #IrelandReads

Ireland Reads, Thursday 25 February, 2021 by Ruth McKee Today we celebrate reading. The word celebrate sounds jubilant, like throwing a party—but it can also mean a quiet marker, a way of taking stock of what something means to us. As all around the country people...

Review: Queer Love: an anthology of Irish Fiction, ed. Paul McVeigh

Queer Love: An Anthology of Irish Fiction edited by Paul McVeigh (Southword Editions) by C L Murphy Ireland is more than one voice and in Queer Love, edited by Paul McVeigh, we see...

Arts Council and Waterford Healing Arts Trust put well-being at the heart of the arts sector

Guest speaker, Anne Enright Surviving or Thriving?  Arts Council and Waterford Healing Arts Trust announce innovative online series to support the wellbeing of the arts sector in Ireland.The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) have announced details of an innovative new online series designed to support the wellbeing...

Irish authors, classics and crime: most borrowed library books in 2020 revealed

Most borrowed books of 2020 revealed in lead up to #IrelandReads day, this Thursday 25th February. Details of the most popular authors and books borrowed from Irish public libraries in 2020 have been published by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), ahead of Ireland Reads Day, a...

Ronan Sheehan: This Literary Life

Photography by Daniele Idini Mary McCarthy talks to Ronan Sheehan, Editor of Cuban Love Songs (Cassandra Voices) Cuban Love Songs is a gorgeous collection of fifty poems translated by Irish writers and edited by the well known writer, Ronan Sheehan.  It is a project that took...

Museum of Literature Ireland: The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary

Exciting opportunity for aspirating writers between 15 and 17 years old MoLI is offering a five-day, immersive, blended learning programme to 15 lucky students around Ireland. The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Bursary will take place both online and onsite in MoLI from 19 to 23 July 2021 (subject to public health...

Poetry: Amy Wyatt

photo credit Ruth McKee "...a poem is a way of happening, a mouth." (W.H.Auden) https://www.youtube.com/embed/D6jT2HgbCCA Folding Sheets   Oh God, she loved corners.  Sundays saw her iron out sins from our week.   Preparing them...

Gertrude Page: best-selling novelist of her day

by Tony Canavan I first came across the novel Paddy The Next Best Thing about twenty years ago when an elderly friend asked me if I could find a copy for her. A resident of Omeath, a village in Co. Louth, she had fond memories of the book from...

Three Irish bookshops on shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year

Brid Conroy, co-owner of Tertulia The shortlists for the Independent Bookshop of the Year (sponsored by Gardners) have been announced. According to the Bookseller, included in the nine regional and country lists are three 'first-timer' Irish bookshops, something which hasn't happened since the award began sixteen years...