Editor’s Choice—A Succession of Silences, by Electra Rhodes

Moonlight, Strandgade 30 1900–1906Vilhelm Hammershøi A Succession of Silences There are seven susurrating blood-worked silences, and in my paper-crackling echoed chambers I can enumerate them all. First, the silence of mornings. No blurred noises from the kitchen, no pipe-rushing water, no distant liminal beat of your fragile...

Claire Keegan among six shortlisted for The Booker Prize

Claire Keegan among the six shortlisted authors for The Booker Prize Claire Keegan is one of the six authors shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize, for her novel Small Things Like These (Faber). At 116 pages, her book is...

Bookshop Focus—Raven Books, Blackrock, Dublin

Left: Photograph of Louisa Cameron by Ger Holland Photography. Raven Books, Blackrock Village, Dublin How it started Raven Books opened in 2008, a few months before the crash. We survived the recession, the craze of e-books, and the pandemic! Our model of...

Applications open for Arts Council Writer in Residence positions

Applications are now open for Arts Council Writer in Residence positions at a number of Irish universities. Develop your own work, while connecting with MA and MFA students of Creative Writing. The Arts Council has a long-standing partnership with a number of Irish universities...

Free exhibitions at The National Library of Ireland for Culture Night

This autumn, The National Library of Ireland has three free exhibitions and opens its doors for Culture Night 2022 On Friday 23rd of September the library is joining in the celebrations for Culture Night 2022 and will be open to visitors at their three locations throughout the evening.

All Down Darkness Wide—an exquisite, heartbreaking memoir

All Down Darkness Wide|Seán Hewitt|Jonathan Cape|9781787333383|€18.50 The title of Seán Hewitt’s newest book, All Down Darkness Wide, comes from the Gerard Manly Hopkins poem ‘The Lantern out of Doors’. In the poem, Hopkins imagines men going by him; they are the ‘lantern’ in the...

Memoir of the H-Blocks by Eoghan Mac Cormaic—an avoidable tragedy?

Pluid: Scéal na mBlocanna H 1976-81|Eoghan Mac Cormaic|Coiscéim|6660012220083|€10 Cathal Póirtéir on Eoghan Mac Cormaic's grim but illuminating memoir "This memoir of events in the H-Blocks forty years ago reminds readers of how awful things were then and how far society has come since—as well...

Why Irish crime novels are the answer

Why Irish crime novels are the answer "Now in a wonderful wave of Irish crime fiction, we have a better way of dealing with terrible spouses — we kill them."  —Catherine Murphy on tight, creepy, twisty Irish crime novels

Murder One is back with a bang this October

Murder One is back with a bang from 4th-9th October Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival, returns from the 4th—9th of October After two years online, Murder One is back! Packed with in-person discussions, readings and more—there will still be online access for...

The dazzling world of verse novels for young readers

The dazzling world of verse novels for young readers "Validating the young reader’s perspective is a gift I believe verse novels excel at...' —Ruth Ennis takes us through the bright, bold and beautiful world of verse novels for young readers