Author Archives: libranwriter

Guerrillas in the Mist

The recent Farmleigh House based project Pieces of Mind was inspired by Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.  Following a conversation about this, fabulous Belfast poet Maria McManus sent me a link to her own exciting work … Continue reading

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Internment, anyone?

This blog is usually about the arts but artists are citizens too. The UK election is tomorrow. In Ireland we worry about the Border, no matter how officialdom tries to placate us. Now there’s something else to worry us: Today’s … Continue reading

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Sally Rooney at ILFD 2017 (With Rick O’Shea  in Belvedere House)

Sally Rooney is a phenomenon. She’s very young (26) but we can’t hold that against her. She has talent, energy, a strong sense of the world her generation inhabit and a direct way of talking (and writing) that is instantly … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Strout at ILFD 2017 (with Sinéad Gleeson)

No one could accuse Elizabeth Strout of being an overnight success.  Encouraged by her mother, she started writing as a child. That, she says, got her thinking about sentences. She started sending stories out when she was 16 but her … Continue reading

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Ann Patchett at dlr LexIcon

(Interviewed by Edel Coffey) Ann Patchett was good fun at the LexIcon last night.  She love-bombed her audience from the beginning and it has to be said, the audience was primed and more than happy to love her back.  It … Continue reading

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PIECES OF MIND at Farmleigh House

This time last year, as writer-in-residence at Farmleigh (thanks to the Office of Public Works) I worked on a project called Pieces of Mind. The idea came from Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris. In the … Continue reading

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Found in Translation (Workshops)

Two weeks ago, I co-facilitated a residential writing weekend with Catherine Dunne at the fabulous Brewery Lane Theatre in Carrick on Suir, organised by the tireless Margaret O’Brien who also runs The Story House, based on the Arvon model of residential … Continue reading

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