Monthly Archives: June 2010

Top tips for novelists (1) ( So, a story walks into a bar …)

The most infuriating advice for would-be novelists has to be ‘Just do it’. Unfortunately, it also happens to be most practical thing you’re likely to hear. You’d think that those of us who’ve seen several books into print already wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Arts for change

At least two events this weekend demonstrated that the arts can be effective in bringing about change. The first Dalkey Book Festival was blessed with the most glorious weather a weekend has seen in these parts for a good long … Continue reading

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Irish Writers’ Centre

The IWC held a meeting for members last night. Jack Harte talked about the progress that has been made in salvaging the Centre over the last year or so, largely due to staggering levels of committment from himself (he didn’t … Continue reading

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Hated words

The Dublin Writers’ Festival is over. At an event in the Abbey yesterday, Tom Murphy read from his plays. Afterwards, he and Conor McPherson had a conversation, followed by questions from the audience. In the context of the vexed question … Continue reading

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Louise Bourgeois

The story is breaking on the internet that Louise Bourgeois has died, of a heart attack. What a loss. I thought she’d outlive all of us, and continue making art forever. Last autumn, during a fabulous residency at the Centre … Continue reading

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