Category Archives: Readings

Every novel needs a good collapse

Okay, I know I said I was taking a break, but sometimes I can’t help myself and Barbara Kingsolver is certainly worth writing – and thinking – about.  She was in the Pavillion in Dun Laoghaire on Monday 19th July, … 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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Occasional revelation

At Cúirt this weekend I was impressed by Colum McCann, whose writing I love. It’s a risky business, going along to listen to someone whose work you admire – they don’t always measure up, in person. I needn’t have worried. … Continue reading

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