Author Archives: libranwriter

Interview with Celia de Fréine: On writing a biography – in Irish – of Louise Gavan Duffy

LM: Congratulations, Celia: your biography (in Irish) of Louise Gavan-Duffy – Ceannródaí – has been shortlisted for the very first Irish language category in the upcoming Irish Book Awards. For as long as I’ve known you, you have consistently championed … Continue reading

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Martina Devlin: On Writing Truth and Dare

(Martina Devlin talks about her latest book, a collection of short stories: Truth And Dare: Short Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland) * LM: Why did you decide to write fiction about these real historical figures, rather than historical/biographical accounts? Martina … Continue reading

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Nuala O’Connor & Sarah Maria Griffin at the LexIcon (October 23rd)

This blog is disgracefully late, but I still want to record elements of a most enjoyable interview/conversation that took place in the Dun Laoghaire LexIcon a fortnight ago between Nuala O’Connor (Nuala Ní Chonchúir) and Sarah Maria Griffin (SMG), current … Continue reading

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Feminism, Brexit and the Irish Border: Rita Duffy at the Courtauld Institute of Art

“NEITHER HERE NOR THERE” (Images are low-res screenshots of overhead projections, taken on an iphone on the night. Go to http://www.ritaduffystudio.com for proper images) Edwin Coomasaru, a post-doctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute introduced Rita Duffy as ‘an artist getting … Continue reading

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DAPHNE CARUANA GALIZIA: London Vigil

One year ago today, Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist who exposed corruption and criticized the Maltese political establishment, was assassinated. She had received several death threats; fires had been set near her home; her dog had been killed. She … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: Write the Book You Want to Read? by Nuala O’Connor

It’s a treat for me to host a guest blog by Nuala O’Connor – who has featured in earlier blogposts as Nuala Ní Chonchúir – to mark the publication of her new novel Becoming Belle, a historical novel set (mostly) in … Continue reading

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Manderley, again: On re-reading Rebecca, 80 years after publication

(Dublin Review of Books essay, May 2018) In an essay entitled “Romantic Love”, Daphne du Maurier wrote: There is no such thing as romantic love. This is a statement of fact and I defy all those who hold a contrary … Continue reading

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